‘Nigeria-Brazil relationship deserves economic boost’

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Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai has said it is high time Nigeria gave its century old heritage with Brazil an through cultural .

He stated the window of sustained by the thriving community of Brazilian Descendants Lagos Island deserves assistance by considering its festival into Nigeria’ cultural calendar.

He commended Lagos State Babajide for his and recognition of efforts by Brazilian Descendants Association preserving the history, heritage and architecture of Brazilian-Nigerians diaspora on Lagos Island.

The Minister who was represented by the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe, said the first generation of Nigerians who were taken by the Portuguese slave merchants left enduring legacies of Yoruba culture, which today has become a veritable of cultural and historical between Nigeria and Brazil.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Afro-Brazilian Cultural Centre Brazilian Quarters, Popo Aguda, Lagos Island on Easter , the Minister noted that the center would not only preserve the historical narratives of Nigerian descendants in Brazil but would also encourage and foster deep relationship with the and people of Brazil.

“I thank Lagos State Babajide Sanwuolu for the and encouragement the Brazilian Descendants Association for preserving the architecture of Brazilian Descendants community in Lagos Island dating centuries old,” Alhaji explained further.

Wife of Lagos , Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke who declared the Afro Brazilian Descendants Center opened, praised the efforts of the association and noted that carnival festival celebration in Lagos nay Nigeria was made manifest by the Brazilian Descendants community in Lagos Island.

She commended the presence of the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai , and his representative Otunba Segun Runsewe whom she described as pivot of Nigeria’ cultural .

Chairman, Brazil Descendants Association and former Solicitor General of Lagos State, Hon (Barrister) Lawal Pedro disclosed that the association is collaborating with state establish Afro Brazilian Museum as a way of encouraging studies and research of Lagos descendants in Brazil.

“This is encourage our descendants donate some of their priceless items for the museum for preservation,” he added.

He noted that the Afro Brazilian Descendants Center is where researches on Afro Brazilian history can be carried out as well as how Brazilian cultures were brought to Lagos.

The event was witnessed by Brazil Consul General in Nigeria, Mr Francisco Luz and diplomats. A mini carnival festival was also held with COVID-19 protocols observed.

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