Omisore Advocates Re-positioning of Nigeria’s Rich Cultural Heritage
Former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has called for quick intervention of the various government authorities in the repositioning, preservation and promotion of Nigeria’s vast, rich cultural heritage.
Senator Omisore made this call on Thursday, May 18, 2017 while delivering the 2017 International Museum Day lecture titled “Museum and Contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museum” at the National Museum of Unity in Ibadan.
The former deputy governor pointed out that repositioning the nation’s cultural heritage will go a long way in boosting tourism and increasing economic growth index from culture and tourism investments in Nigeria.
“The world is evolving and has been described as a global village where social media plays a major role in awareness and publicity, hence the need to reposition Nigeria’s vast and rich cultural heritage which is displayed in the museum as a major tourist front and in order to expand and increase tourism to the world, a strong online presence ( Google ads, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram) for the museum should be created in order to drive tourists to the museum” he said.
Senator Omisore added that the time has also come to restructure museums in the country “to fit international standards while not altering with our artifacts”, emphasising that in a bid to explore other non-oil generating sector in Nigeria, cultural tourism has been forecasted to be a source of increased FDI; tourists attraction and revenue generation which ultimately implies that our museums have to be restructured to fit international standards while not altering with our artifacts”.
“In a bid to attract more visitors, the museums should have more flexible hours, leisure places, multiple exhibition facilities, shops, restaurants in order to satisfy customers’ needs. To increase more awareness about the museum, the authorities should collaborate with other cultural agencies and support local festivals”
Omisore advocated for the inclusion of Museum study in Nigeria’s educational curriculum. This he said, can be achieved if the art promoters and museum operators can collaborate with government agencies such as TETFUND, UBEB and all other boards responsible for education in Nigeria.
“If they can include Museum study in the curriculum and make a trip to the museum compulsory for all primary and secondary schools for a particular class or classes every year at a subsidized rate and also ensure that an examination is set to evaluate their knowledge on the heritage of Nigeria, tourism will become institutionalised and a lifestyle art for all to appreciate. This would drive interest of the youth class as well as increase the revenue generated by Museums in Nigeria”, Omisore advised.
Also speaking at the occasion, one of the guest Speakers, Dr Hamza Ogunfolakan also beckoned on the government to adequately fund Museums and promote tourism in the country, adding that Museums in Nigeria have presently being totally neglected.
The event was rounded off with the presentation of award plaque to the Distinguished Senator Iyiola Omisore Phd for his immense contribution to the promotion of culture and Museum appreciation in Nigeria