The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is urging youths in various communities to embrace and leverage the benefits of Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity for personal and societal development. During the 2023 Batch C Stream 1 Corps Members cultural carnival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe NYSC Unity Permanent Orientation Camp in Anambra State, NYSC Coordinator Blessing Iruma emphasized the event’s purpose: to showcase Nigeria’s cultural heritage, encouraging youth to explore and transform cultural aspects into wealth through exportation.
Iruma highlighted that, due to time constraints, 10 tribes were selected to participate in the carnival, featuring displays of music, traditional food, marriage systems, and art exhibitions. The NYSC cultural carnival aims to expose Nigerian youths to diverse cultures, break down social barriers, reduce prejudices, and stimulate creativity and innovation among corps members.
The Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, represented by Chibuzo Udeh, praised the NYSC for promoting Nigerian culture, emphasizing the influence of the country’s multiple ethnic groups on its culture. Governor Soludo urged corps members to embrace love, respect, and understanding of each other’s cultures, norms, values, and religions.
After a competitive cultural carnival, the Fourth Platoon secured the first position, followed by the Third Platoon in second place and the 10th Platoon in third place. The corps members participated in various competitions, including cultural presentations, best king and queen attire, creatively decorated canopies, catching the train, knotting of ties, sack race, and egg race.
Expressing gratitude, the Igwe of Umuawulu, Joel Egwuonu, appreciated the government and NYSC management for organizing the carnival, blessing the corps members and wishing them success in their future endeavors.