Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017
Nigerian Chief Solomon Agbonna is worried about development in his country, especially in the area of tourism in spite of the rich resources the country is blessed with. He believes that promoting Nigerian artwork, culture and tradition can make Nigeria a tourism centre that can fetch foreign exchange for economic growth.
Agbonna, who had supported many foundations and institutions to provide youth empowerment also sponsored different groups to Europe for arts exhibition, auctions and cultural dances, for initiating economic development via art. Recently, he was given award as Agu Oyoyo of Ekeoba Kingdom, Umuahia, Abia State for his important contribution to the country through artwork, culture and tradition alongside former military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon
Agbonna said that the major challenge for Nigeria is that the government has shown little or no interest in artwork, cultures and tradition. In other African countries even Asia, governments take time to develop artwork, cultures and is promoting their economies. He said that the leaders should carry out to secure a conducive environment that promotes economic growth and peace in the land. Artwork can produce a lot of handwork, create ideas and employment. Agbonna added that Nigerian cultures and traditions will go a long way in developing the country, and they should stop emulating everything from the western world.