Nigeria inaugurates African House of Culture in Turkey

Timothy Choji, Abuja


The African Handcraft Market and House of Culture have been inaugurated in Ankara, Turkey.

A statement by the Director Media to the Wife of the President, Zakari Ya’u Nadabo indicated that Nigeria was joined by Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali and the host country Turkey where the spouses of the Leadership of the various countries performed the ceremony.

In her address, Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs Aisha Buhari noted that the establishment of the institution, which was the first of its kind, was designed to project the beauty and richness of the African cultural prowess.

She said the gesture was a clear demonstration of the genuine concern and interest of African women as well as a process of strengthening the relationship of their various countries with the host nation.

Mrs Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbanjo, explained that a series of programmes were being implemented under her project known as Future Assured Initiative, designed to improve the health status of women and children in every part of the country.

 Beneficial collaboration
In her address, the first lady of Turkey, Emine Erdogan said that her genuine interest in beneficial collaboration between her country and Africa informed her decision to encourage the establishment of the handcraft market and house of culture.

Mrs Erdogan expressed confidence that the market will provide an avenue to improve the economies of both countries and boost the cultural affinity of Turkey and countries in Africa.

The First Ladies of Guinea, Mali and the spouse of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Roman Tesfaye in their separate remarks, expressed delight with the concept of Mrs Erdogan to promote relations between her country and Africa.