Cultural Events

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As a veritable instrument of national integration and peaceful co-existence, Culture is a very important element in any society. In Nigeria, festivals abound to emphasize and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the people. These cultural festivals are found in all the geo-political zones in the country and have become international events, attracting tourists from all over the world.

As a foremost Cultural Institute, NICO participates very actively in these festivals in her capacity as a government training centre for cultural workers and cultural orientation. These cultural events include, but not limited to, the following:


  • The Osun Oshogbo Festival >

    The early history of the Oshogbo people is founded on mythical and spiritual beliefs, along the lines of the traditions of the Yoruba people. The Osun river goddess is credited with the founding and establishment of Oshogbo town. Some describe her as the Oso-Igbo, the queen and original founder of Read More
  • Ofala Festival >

    Background Onitsha is a popular town located in Anambra State, in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria. Onitsha is known for its popular Main Market, which is said to be the biggest in West Africa (Nigerian Information Guide). The town and its environs also have one of the largest tributaries of Read More
  • Nwonyo Fishing Festival >

    IntroductionTaraba State is situated in the North Eastern geographical zone of Nigeria. It was carved out of the former Gongola State by the General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) regime in 1991. The name, Taraba, was derived from the Taraba River, which traverses the southern part of the State. Other main Read More
  • Ikeji Festival In Arondizogu >

    Background Arondizuogu is a group of sprawling communities, spreading across three local government areas in Imo State, with its largest area located in the land obtained from Umualaoma town. Historically, the people of Arondizuogu were known for their great strength, in terms of warfare and slave trade. As a result Read More
  • Igue Festival >

    The Christians have Christmas, the Muslims have the Feast of Ramadan, the Jews have the Hanukkah, the African-American have the Kwanzaa and the Edos have the Igue Festival. Read More
  • History of Calabar Canival >

     Calabar Carnival  in Nigeria, furthermore tagged " Africa's Biggest Street Party", was created as part of the dream of making the Cross River State  in Nigeria, the number one tourist place visited for Nigerians and tourist all over the world. The carnival which start on every 1 December and last till Read More
  • Ganni Festival >

    Ganni Festival of Baatombu in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State is a well known and age long festival of the Borgu people. Read More
  • Eyo Festival Of Lagos >

    Background Lagos is a very popular city that almost everybody hears about. The former capital city of Nigeria, and presently the commercial capital of Nigeria, is popularly called the “Centre of Excellence.” The city, called Lagos is in Lagos State, South West Nigeria. Ikeja is the state capital.   Lagos city Read More
  • Calabar Carnival >

    Organised by the government of Cross River State, in the South-South geo-political zone of the country, the Calabar Christmas Carnival has become a major tourist attraction in Nigeria, drawing participants from all over the world. Read More
  • Argungu Fishing Festival >

    International Fishing Festival organized by the Government and people of Kebbi State, North West Nigeria annually. Started years ago, but like the Biblical mustard seed, Argungu Fishing Festival has grown to become a global cultural event... Read More
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