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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

ASABA/Nigeria: The Federal Government of Nigeria has set in motion the quest to discover and recommend to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the inscription of communities in Delta State as creative cities.

This was disclosed on Monday, January 24, 2022 when a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Delta State Directorate of Culture and Tourism, paid a visit on the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Major General Felix Mujakperuo (Rtd) Orhue I.

The leader of the delegation and Director of International Cultural Relations, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Memunat Iduh -Lah, informed the Orodje the Okpe was part of six local government area chosen to be part of the first phase of the research into possible creative cities in Delta.

The director stated that the purpose of the visit was to intimate the monarch of the project, explaining that it was to search for towns and communities with unique arts and cultural practices that promote creativity and conserve the environment.

She revealed that there were 246 member-cities that make up the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as at 2021 drawn from over 80 countries.

According to the director, the network of creative cities was to foster international cooperation among the cities to accelerate sustainable development for positive economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts.
Mrs Iduh-Lah also noted that the project was meant to fulfill the enabling and transformative power of culture and creativity in building cities that are resilient, sustainable and future-proof, to support the implementation of the UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development at the local level.

She said that apart from Bida, in Niger State, that only recently got inscribed as a UNESCO Creative City, no other town or city in Nigeria was among the over 80 locations in the world.

The director stated the research in Delta was to look at ways of adding more towns and communities to the existing number, stressing that Delta State was blessed with creative minds and environment, waiting to be explored.

On his part, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM Orhue 1 thanked the team for the choice of Okpe kingdom as part of the programme.

The Orodje disclosed that the various dances, songs, artisans, iconic places and historic activities within his palace and other parts of Okpe kingdom had a lot cultural relevance that would promote peace and mutual understanding.

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