GLOBAL SWEETHEART…RUNSEWE EMERGES PRESIDENT OF WORLD CRAFT COUNCIL

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• VISTAS OF THE NCAC UNDER EX-TOURISM BOSS
There is a sphinx-like quality to Olusegun Runsewe. His genius burns with electricity that that no earthly contrivance could tame. Wherever he finds himself, Runsewe parades his smarts at astounding depths. As the new Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Runsewe is transforming the culture and arts industry into a globally acclaimed treasure trove.

In a manner reminiscent of his exploits as the National Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) boss, Runsewe has taken significant steps to reposition the cultural industries as the nation’s next cash cow. However, Runsewe has emerged as the president of World Craft Council (WCC), African Region.
Runsewe emerged during the meeting of the Executive Board in London on April 19 to 20, 2018.

His emergence was formally conveyed to him via a letter from Rosy Greenless, the international president of the Council, dated 14th May, 2018.
The World Craft Council is a Non-Governmental Professional Organization affiliated with UNESCO, category A, which has responsibility for the regulation and development and promotion of the handcrafts in the world.

It has five Regional Chapters: Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and America.
Each region is headed by a president who oversees the affairs of the council; coordinates the activities of all countries within the region.
Hardly anyone would forget his successful tenure as NTDC boss. There is no gainsaying Runsewe supervised the positive turnaround of the corporation from a moribund national agency into a global tourist attraction and revenue earner.

In the same vein, Runsewe has revealed his intention to re-organise the programmes and activities of the NCAC along an entrepreneurial perspective with a view to exploring the merchandising opportunities associated with them. He intends to establish mechanisms that would transform the sector by empowering local artists, craftsmen and women, to take control of this industry and make the best of its interminable opportunities.

No doubt the NCAC is set to experience a radical but positive transformation under the leadership of Runsewe, its new boss. As Nigeria waits with baited breath for the changes to kick in, stakeholders in the culture industries are experiencing a resurgence of hope and progressive dreams that synergize with the vision of the