Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Aregbesola endorses cultural ties with U.S


By Bayo   Ogunmupe

>        The Osun state governor,
> Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola endorsed the promotion of culture and
> tourism in Osogbo the state capital. He said this during the
> courtesy call on him at his office by the Atlantic Bond
> Initiative Group led by its president Rotimi Vaughan, The
> Atlantic Bond Initiative Group is a United States friendship
> group aimed at promoting cultural interaction between South
> Carolina and Nigeria. The group is based in Oyotunji, in the
> city of Camden near Sheldon in the United States,
>       Governor Aregbesola pledged support for
> advocacy and the development of cultural links between
> Southwestern Nigeria and the Americas. "This initiative will
> generate foreign exchange earnings for Nigeria, as many
> Africans in the Diaspora will be visiting Nigeria." This in
> turn will improve the Nigerian economy and create a strong
> cultural bond between Nigeria and America, he said. 
>        In his own speech, the
> president of the Initiative Rotimi Vaughan said their aim
> was to reconnect blacks in Diaspora to their original roots
> in Africa. Vaughan said  plans were afoot  to host
> fiesta in Lagos Nigeria and in Sheldon, South Carolina,
> United States in December this year. He then formally
> invited the governor as a guest of honour  at the
> ceremonies. Vaughan, a lawyer and tourism ambassador said
> the festival is riding on the crest of child trafficking as
> the modern day slavery which must be condemned. He said
> child trafficking is a reminder of the evils of the Atlantic
> slave trade of yore. Vaughan said they are in Nigeria to
> establish monuments for strong cultural relations between
> the cities of Badagry in Nigeria and Camden in the United
> States. They are billed to organize a tourism workshop in
> Badagry on October 29, 2016,

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