Otunba Runsewe honored with Vanguard’s Arts, Culture & Tourism Icon Award in Lagos

The annual Vanguard Newspaper Arts, Culture, and Tourism Icon Award went to Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

The great event took place in a blaze of color at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, attracting a constellation of stars from diverse realms of society.

Celebrating Excellence.

The Vanguard award ceremony served as an homage to exceptional Nigerians who have made an unmistakable mark in their various industries.

Otunba Runsewe’s significant accomplishments in the tourism industry established him as a shining example of excellence, deserving of this prestigious honour. Through his tireless efforts, the Director General has exhibited unprecedented dedication to the advancement of Nigeria’s cultural heritage and the promotion of tourism on both local and international levels.

A Legacy of Service.

Born in Kaduna to Mr. Bankole Runsewe and his wife, Otunba Runsewe’s rise to stardom has been marked by a tenacious commitment to his profession.

He attended St. Michael Primary School in Kaduna and Vohoeven Technical College in Minna before continuing his education by earning an MBA in Marketing from Edo State University and a Higher National Diploma in Management Studies from the London School for Executives. With a career spanning three decades, Otunba Runsewe has made an unforgettable mark in the arts, culture, and media.

His roles as Executive Director of the National Orientation Agency and Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) paved the way for dramatic change in the industry.

A visionary leader.

At the helm of the NTDC, Otunba Runsewe spearheaded groundbreaking initiatives that propelled Nigeria onto the global tourism stage. His innovative marketing campaigns, notably the slogan “Tourism is Life,” captured the essence of Nigeria’s diverse cultural tapestry, garnering international acclaim and recognition.

Under his leadership, Nigeria’s participation in international tourism expositions increased dramatically, exhibiting the country’s rich legacy and tourist attractions to the world. The Nigerian Tourism Village, a tribute to Otunba Runsewe’s vision, has received recognition at international events, cementing Nigeria’s position as a major participant in the tourism industry.

A champion of unity.

Aside from his professional accomplishments, Otunba Runsewe’s influence extends to promoting togetherness and societal integration through cultural interchange. His creation, the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), has evolved as a unifying force, bringing together people from many races and traditions under the flag of harmony and fraternity.

Transformative Initiatives

Otunba Runsewe’s term at NCAC has been defined by transformative initiatives aimed at using culture as a driver of national development. His Skill Acquisition Programme has created job opportunities for thousands of young people and women, allowing them to build their own path to economic prosperity.

The founding of the Abuja Cultural Market demonstrates Otunba Runsewe’s unrelenting commitment to preserve Nigeria’s cultural legacy. Through tireless labor, he reclaimed the enormous territory and rebuilt it into a lively cultural hub, bringing visitors from all around.

A Legacy of Courage

Otunba Runsewe’s strong spirit and unrelenting determination have endured the test of time, garnering him recognition and respect throughout the country. His refusal to compromise in the face of adversity demonstrates his commitment to the principles of integrity and accountability.

Looking ahead.

As Otunba Runsewe embarks on the next stage of his remarkable career, his reputation as a trailblazer in the arts, culture, and tourist industries will continue to inspire future generations.

His goal of a united and thriving Nigeria, rooted in its rich cultural legacy, remains unwavering as he leads the way to a better future for all.

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