As part of its recent outreach to the state, British Council Nigeria has recently launched its Creative Cities Project in Calabar. The project aims to boost the skills and capacity of current and intending cultural event managers in Calabar to sustainably create, market, and raise funds for arts and culture events in the city, while also creating employment for the youth and boosting the creative economy of Cross River State. The project will facilitate the development of a trained labour force with particular focus on the youth.

The event which held on Monday, 24 November, 2015 at the Pearl Ball, Transcorp Hotels Calabar, was for the British Council team to meet and network with the Cross River State based participants who will be part of the training program due to commence in January, 2016.

Ojoma Ochai, British Council Director for Arts making a presentation at the breakfast roundtable meeting
Ojoma Ochai, British Council Director for Arts making a presentation at the breakfast roundtable meeting

As part of its activities, British Council also organised a Roundtable Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, 24 November, 2015 with major stakeholders to discuss the vision for education, arts and culture in Cross River State. The meeting was hosted by Louisa Waddigham, British Council Director for Programmes. Also at the roundtable was Adetomi Soyinya, British Council Director for Education, Ojoma Ochai, British Council Director for Arts and Ndubuisi Kanu, British Council Partnership Manager.

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Cross section of participants at the stakeholders meeting in Calabar

Stakeholders in attendance were Professor Babson from CRUTECH, Prof. Florence Obi, Dean, College of Education Akampka, General Manager, Cross River State Tourism Bureau, M.D Cross River State Microfinance Agency, EbonyLife TV and a host of others.

See pictures from events below:

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