Benin kingdom in Edo state has resolved to formally kick start an academy for art, culture and tourism to revitalize the Benin cultural heritage which was in systematic decay. Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku-Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II announced the plan when he played host to some various theatre groups in his palace on Tuesday in Benin.
According to Oba Ewuare, works are near conclusion at the site of the academy which would be named “ Benin Royal Academy of Performing Art “. The Oba said aside the teaching and learning of various Benin cultural heritage, the academic would also teach deeper proverbial and interpretations of Benin traditional heritage in rhythms and arts.
He said the academy would also serve as learning centre to all categories of persons, especially the young, who are almost veering out of the traditional norms of the society. Oba Ewuare emphasized that reputable individuals who are well grounded in Benin history, culture and heritage would serve as tutors in the new academy. He pointed out that the refurbishment of Oba Akenzua cultural centre to an international standard would rake in more revenue to the state. The Oba added that the palace authorities were joining efforts with well- meaning individuals and stakeholders to project Benin art and culture to the rest of the world.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that prayers were offered to ancestors for the smooth take off of the academic and the nation at large.