RUSEWE MARRIES FOOTBALL WITH ARTS AND CULTURE IN RUSSIA

RUSEWE MARRIES FOOTBALL WITH ARTS AND CULTURE IN RUSSIA

BY KUNLE SOLAJA, RUSSIA.

 

Nigeria’s presence in Russia at the moment is not limited to the activities of the Super Eagles on the football fields.

As the players are exhibiting their talents and projecting Nigeria’s football prowess, so also is the Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe also showcasing Nigeria to the world.

In Moscow, there is an ongoing exhibition of football as well as arts and culture. The exhibition opened earlier in the week and has been witness an influx of visitors.

Incidentally, it is the only one of its kind as Nigeria is the only one of the other 31 World Cup nations in Russia having such an exhibition.

It is features series of past apparels of the Nigerian football teams, historical photographs dating back to 1949 as well as other arts and culture materials from different parts of Nigeria.

According to Otunba Rusewe, there was an influx of visitors to the Nigerian exhibition ground on Friday which coincidentally was the day Nigeria recorded an emphatic 2-0 win over Iceland to get into contention of crossing the Group D hurdle.

“It was amazing”, Otunba Runsewe remarked when a telephone call was put to him. He informed that many people watched the Nigerian match at the exhibition ground.

“The blood pressure of many Nigerians and other fans here must have risen, especially in that nervy first half.

“God of Hosts must have visited us making a positive turn-around for us in the second half”, remarked Runsewe.

“I encourage the players to remain focused for the next matches. I strongly believe we can beat Argentina, even though a draw may be sufficient for us to go to the next round.

“I never believed that we can get so much support playing in a foreign land, but I am amazed at the type of support we got at the stadium and especially by the foreign visitors to our exhibition, said Otunba Runsewe.