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Kwara First Lady Makes Case For Museums

The First Lady of Kwara state, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq has stressed the need for more advocacy in the drive to ensuring that museums thrive better in the country.

Speaking when the curator of the National Museum, Esie, Mrs. Mopelola Omowumi led top members of the museum to pay her a courtesy visit recently, the First Lady expressed joy at the efforts being put into ensuring that the oldest museum in the country thrive.

She noted that museums all around the world thrive on membership fees and urged the management of the museum to think along those lines.

Mrs. AbdulRazaq who assured the curator and her team of adequate support announced that she is ready to take up membership of the museum.

She disclosed that the current alarming rate of unemployment and youth restivness in the country would be drastically reduced if the museum is allow to develop to its full capacity.

"Our museums can keep our youths positively engaged to curb the various vices of the youths we are now battling with. Artifacts are very important and should be given more attention.

"I will come to visit you as soon as I can because we must not lose our heritage. Museums should not be abondoned as it contains our cultural heritage and can help to engage our youths.

"I therefore commend your efforts and most importantly the empowerment drive."

Earlier, Mrs Omowumi had pleaded with the First Lady to personally visit the Museum so as to get a first hand knowledge of some of the challenges faced.

The curator who gave a brief summary of the National Museum, Esie said, "Esie museum was established in 1945 and is located in Irepodun LGA of Kwara State. The museum is known for housing human-shaped stone figures. It has the largest collection of soapstone images in the world."

She explained that in order to drive traffic to the museum, activities are organised on the grounds of the museum for children and even adults. She therefore called on the First Lady to partner with the museum.                     

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