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Obi Asika, 10 Others to Head the Nigerian Arts and Culture Agencies

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In a significant step to enhance Nigeria’s arts industry, the President has appointed 11 dynamic chief executive officers to lead various agencies within the federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy. Among the notable appointees is Obi Asika, founder and CEO of Storm 360, who now serves as the Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC), succeeding Olusegun Runsewe.

Obi Asika (Photo credits: Gift Eghator)

This decisive move, announced on Friday through a statement by Anjuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, includes other distinguished figures such as Tola Akerele, now heading the National Theatre, and Shaibu Husseini, taking on the role of Director-General of the National Films and Censors Board. Aisha Adamu Augie, entrusted with the position of Director-General at the Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture, joins the roster alongside Ekpolador-Ebi Koinyan, the newly appointed Chief Conservator at the National War Museum, and Ahmed Sodangi, stepping into the role of Director-General at the National Gallery of Art.

Additional appointments feature Chaliya Shagaya, now the Director-General of the National Institute of Archaeology and Museums Studies, Khaltume Bulama Gana, the Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria, and Biodun Ajiboye, who assumes the position of Director-General at the National Institute for Cultural Orientation.

Completing the ensemble are Ali Nuhu, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation, and Ramatu Abonbo Mohammed, appointed as the Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

Ngelale conveyed that the President has charged each appointee with the solemn duty of executing their responsibilities with the highest standards of professionalism, diligence, and patriotism. This directive aims to inject vitality and resilience into the creative sector, propelling it towards unprecedented vibrancy and robustness.


Derrick Chidumebi is a creative writer and growth marketer hailing from Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Chemistry from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, and is the founder of The Eko Place, a media/marketing agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. Currently, he serves as a writer for Art News Africa.

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