As part of activities lined-up for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, the federal government on Monday organized an Historical Exhibition at the National Press Centre, Abuja.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, who opened the event said: “Exhibitions are a mirror of the society They depict our way of life, realities, dreams and vision for the future. They encapsulate our creative spirit and embody our innate abilitiesto re-invent ourselves, especially because of this pandemic.

“This Historial Exhibition highlights the anniversary’s theme, which is ‘Together’. As you are aware, art functions as a medium of
interpreting society, what is going on around us, our characteristics, our way of life etc. For the Artist, the fad and the superficialities
constitute a constant appeal.

“Our togetherness is inherited from the major cultural streams and is reflected in the diversity of styles. I am glad to note that our artists are not mere imitators. Rather, they work from intimate
understanding, knowledge and experience of local life, which they are part of. Only in this way can Arts be meaningful and fulfil a need to
identify and express ourselves as Nigerians, thus enhancing our attitudes which will help to strengthen our unity.