Piqued by negative image on Africa, especially the promotion of teenage prostitution and other social vices, the African Legacy International Media Services has concluded plans to storm Italy in February this year to showcase African cultural heritage in the European country.
The group is into collaboration with the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, and other stakeholders in Nigeria with identical vision for positive change.
Speaking to newsmen at a press conference on the impending event in Abuja yesterday, chairman/executive director of African Legacy International, Engr. Innocent Ogu hinted that the symposium on cultural diplomacy was aimed at bringing together cultural troupes from different ethnic groups in Africa and Europe, with the aim to synchronizing the ideals of change in the |African continent.
Ogu noted that the event would raise global interest and project participants, including global leaders, top government functionaries, legislators, diplomats, business executives, investors, consultants and scholars with the view to blending culture with leadership.
He explained that the event, scheduled to take place between February 17 and this year at the Sheraton Roma Hotel &Conference Centre, Rome, Italy, would tell the other side of the story concerning the peoples and ways of life of Africans.
Ogu further stated that the symposium would guarantee good cultural and diplomatic relations amongst nations, adding that the participants will analyse how cultural diplomacy can guarantee good governance and leadership.
According to him, “The programme will join Africa and Europe together and issues on how culture affects education, security, finance, health, agriculture, technology among others, which will be critically analysed.”
Engr Ogu added that the event will among other thing feature symposium, cultural exhibition, captains’ dinner and awards ceremony, saying that the programme will bridge the lines between culture, leadership and innovation.
Expected dignitaries at the event, according to the programme itinerary include the prime minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, president of the Council of Ministers, Italy, Graziano Delrio, two term former minister, Romano Prodi, Minister of Health, Lungotevere Ripa, Beatrice Lorenzin.
Others are the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Daria Franceschini, Minister of Agriculture and Forest, Maurizion Martina, Minister of Defence, Senator Roberta Pinotti, former Minister of Education, Nigeria, Prof. Fabian Osuji, President, Women for Peace in Nigeria, Ambassador Abdullahi Maryam, Minister of the Economy, Stefania Giannini, 2015 presidential Candidate, Spain Presidential General, Helen Maukoro Idisi among others.