The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO has presented certificate of inscription of Kwagh-hir theatre by UNESCO to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom.
Kwagh-Hir which is one of the cultural heritage of the Tiv people got the rare recognition in twenty nineteen when it was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr. Muhammed Yahuza who made the presentation described the inscription of Kwagh-hir theatre on UNESCO World Heritage Map as a landmark achievement of the institute towards the realization of it mandate of promoting positive cultural values.
Mr. Yahuza pointed out that with the international recognition, Kwagh-hir would now enjoy the support and protection of UNESCO, increase visibility for the element as well as enhance the dignity and pride of performing communities.
The Executive Secretary of NICO expressed appreciation to the Tiv people who are bearers of the Kwagh-hir theatre performance for their support throughout the
Inscription exercise as well as Professor Gowon Doki of Benue State University who prepared the element for inscription.
Receiving the certificate, Governor Samuel Ortom, represented by his Deputy Engineer Benson Abounu described the international recognition given to Kwagh-hir as a great historical milestone that would forever be treasured by the state.
Governor Ortom who stressed the importance of Kwagh-hir and other cultural heritage of the state in addressing moral issues of the society assured that the state Government would continue to partner NICO and UNESCO to grow the cultures of the people.
The presentation was witnessed by the Secretary General Nigeria National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Olagunju Idowu.