The UNESCO events would attract positive international attention to the country.
As a medium of expressing support towards the upcoming international events that will take place in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed that his administration permits media freedom and freedom of expression in the country. He further mentioned that hosting the events give the country an opportunity to display its robust heritage in culture, arts, tourism, entertainment, and improvement of media freedom. The three major international events are the 2022 UNESCO Global Media Information Literacy (MIL) Week, to be held in Abuja, by October; the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism And Creative Industry, to be held in Lagos; and the 2nd Global Association of Literary Festivals Conference, to be held in Abeokuta, by November.
The UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week, celebrated annually, is organized for stakeholders for the reviewing and celebration of the achieved progress towards ‘Media and Information Literacy for All.’ The theme for this year’s commemoration, “Nurturing trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative,” focuses on trust and solidarity in relation to people, media, digital platforms, governments, private sectors, and non-governmental organizations. It also reveals promising actions that connect with media and information literacy in the previous year and ways by which media and information literacy nurtures trust and counters mistrust.
Nigeria was awarded the hosting rights for the 1st UNWTO.
At the 64th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa that was held in Cape Verde, in September 2021, Nigeria was honored with the hosting rights for the first UNWTO Global Conference, with the theme “Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries – Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development.” The conference aims at identifying, developing, and promoting stronger partnership between tourism, culture and the creative industries to aid inclusive growth and social development.
The Global Association of Literary Festivals, likewise, is a conference that connects the literature festivals of the world in a spirit of cooperation, exchanging ideas and resources. The theme for #UWRF22 is ‘Memayu Hayuning Bawana,’ a Javanese philosophy which means to maintain the safety, peace, happiness and well-being of the real world and hereafter. The conference, being the second of its kind, will be hosted by Nigeria, and will be held in Abeokuta, by November 2022.
The president assures international visitors of hospitality.
The Media Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina, on the behalf of His Excellency, appreciated the decisions of UNESCO, The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the Global Association of Literary Festivals, to permit Nigeria to host their historic events. He also gave his word to them, assuring them of warm and hospitable Nigerians. Through recognition of the essential roles occupied by information literacy and media education in sustainable development, the president stated that Nigeria would attract positive international attention, being a country that encourages media freedom and freedom of expression.
The president, in regards to the first Global Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry, stated that the fast growing pace of the film, fashion, music, and ICT sector of Nigeria and the increased international appeal and acceptance would encourage the government into devoting more resources to the sector. In respect to this fact, he mentioned that the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), an establishment of his administration, under the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee achieved the provision of single-digit financing to many young Nigerians in the fashion, film, music, and ICT fields.
His Excellency appeals to Nigerians to be friendly, peaceful, and loving.
In addition to efforts made to empower the fashion, film, music, and ICT sector, His Excellency said that a $100 million re-development of the National Theatre, Lagos, into a world-class Creative Park was ongoing, following its handover to the CBN and the Bankers’ Committee. He was also hopeful that the literary world would find things worthy of celebration, about Nigeria, when they converge in the historic city of Abeokuta. Moreover, expressing his delight towards the hosting of the international events, he appealed to all Nigerians to exhibit friendliness, peace, and love.
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That’s a laudable thing anything that would boost tourism is a welcome idea especially a UNESCO event being a global one I hope the government will tap into it’s enermous benefits and it’s well utilized.
It is a good thing Nigeria will be hosting an international event. Foreigners will come into Nigeria to view the events and we should be accommodating enough to make the experience wonderful for them. The Nigerian Government should also ensure peace and security in this incoming UNESCO event in Nigeria.
It really nice we are hosting a international event Foreigner will be coming to our country so we are to maintain peace and make our security tight because if this go right am sure more international event will still be host in our country and it will really help our country
The hosting of such a significant event is a great honor for Nigeria. We will undoubtedly attract international attention and be able to showcase our amazing culture thanks to this event. To prevent any kind of fuck up, the agency in charge should just ensure that this event is adequately planned.
It’s a honor to the country, as it would attract international attention. The big question is : is the government capable to ensure adequate security?. Cos so far, they don’t seem like it
By playing host to international events, the nation will have the chance to showcase the rich cultural traditions that it has inherited.
Hosting events like this will give our media more freedom of speech and also massively improve their work
This is a smart decision since it will help establish and promote greater partnerships between tourism, culture, and the creative industries, which will in turn assist in the inclusive growth and social development of the community.
When people from the literary world gather in the ancient city of Abeokuta for the event that we intend to throw there, they will discover aspects about Nigeria that are worthy of being celebrated.
This is wonderful because it will boost the reputation of the country on a global scale, so we have to continue doing things like this.
This programme will highlight promising initiatives related to media and information literacy from the previous year as well as how these factors foster trust and combat mistrust.
Things we love to hear…. Nigeria hosting international events is a big privilege. it’s brings about enormous benefits to that nations. We’re getting there!… Government should ensure peace and security during and after the event period in Nigeria.
These kind of international events are brilliant because they will help attracting foreigners to our tourist centers that will generate funds for the government.
The government should fully capitalise on the significant advantages of hosting international events, in my opinion.
This will certainly build a good reputation for our country. It will help to people out culture and also help to build good relationships with foreign countries
These type of event normally put a country in a world map record because it will attract different international organizations that are ready to invest in such country and it will also create alot of avenue for such country to showcase their talents.
We should consider the security condition of the country before hosting 3 of such events. Let our government tackle these security challenges before these events.
It is great that these 3 key events which will attract the positive attention of international country. I hope government will work on this security challenges before hosting this event.
Working with UNESCO would be great because they will easily showcase our entertainment and every other thing we have here to the world. This is a good step
Our administration has come up with an excellent and ingenious plan, which will unquestionably contribute to attracting the attention of people from other countries. All of this will, in turn, contribute to the promotion of tourism.
This is a very good one that the UNESCO events would attract positive international attention to the country. They are coming because we have good, nice and hard working people with good values. If it because of government of Nigeria they won’t come.