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Edo Partners Moses Iyoha Foundation On Promotion Of Cultural Tourism

Edo State government has reiterated its commitment towards making Edo home of arts, culture and tourism. This is as its set the tone for partnering with Moses Iyoha Memorial Foundation to promote cultural tourism and exchange programmes.

This commitment was given by the state Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Dr Uyi Uduwa Malaka, during a recent meeting with the representatives of foundation, which is based in Spain in her office. Malaka reiterated the state government’s commitment towards bringing back the lost glory of arts, culture and tourism, noting Governor Godwin Obaseki’s led administration will do everything within its powers to ensure the promotion of arts and cultural tourism.

“Our state Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, is highly committed to this course, the promotion and export of the rich cultural heritage of the Edo people to the international communities is our priority, she stated. Adding, “In line with the government efforts in promoting and sustaining culture and tradition, the government has continued to put in place structures to that effect where talents among performing artists can be harnessed ‘‘We are happy to receive you and your delegation.

This is a good project, we will key into it. You will agree with me that Edo State is a home of Arts and rich cultural heritage. The state is interested and will ensure that we work with you in this laudable project. I urged you all to be good ambassadors of the state just as this Ministry will continue to support in ensuring this group have a successful outing in Spain.

“Again, whatever we are exporting from Benin should bring us honour and glory. We expect you to be a good in your daily activities and remember that you are representing the state. We want you to go and bring us accolade” In his remark, the leader of the delegation, Prince Kennedy Iyoha, expressed appreciation to the commissioner for her warm reception, disclosing that the musical engagement, which is the foundation is seeking the collaboration of the state government, is to promote Benin culture to the international communities and ex- posed artists to talent hunters According to him, “We are taking four groups to Spain.

The essence is to expose the musicians to the international community and musical scene and to expose their cache as professionals. We hopefully intend to go round other European countries but we are starting from Spain. “This is not our first trip, last year I took some artists to Europe to perform, and it was a good outing. There was no bad story about them, they exhibited good character and we had a successful journey. I want to thank you for your hospitality and promise that we would be good ambassadors.”

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