The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has signed an MoU with the chief executive of the British Council, Ciaran Devane with a request for partnership to prevent its traditional games from dying.
The agreement was signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the sidelines of the 2016 Edinburgh International Festival Summit.
He said Nigeria is particularly keen to revive such grand festivals as the Durbar and Argungun, which have not been held for some years, as well as to prevent such traditional games like ‘ayo’ from dying, because of their importance in teaching sportsmanship and promoting tolerance.
The Minister described the MoU as the height of the “spirit of cooperation that has taken us thus far”, saying however that it must put more emphasis on substance rather than form
Alhaji Mohammed said the country is interested in capacity building for festival managers with a view to changing its festivals from mere fun events to business.
In his comments, Sir Ciaran expressed his delight at the partnership between the Ministry and the British Council.
Apart from the British Council, the Ministry also plans to sign a similar cooperation agreement with the Tony Elumelu Foundation.