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- ItemOpen AccessPromoting Cultural Tourism through Art Exhibitions: A Case Study of National Gallery Of Art Igbo-Ukwu Southeast Nigeria(West African Archaeological Association, 2016) Okoye, O.C.Art exhibition entails public display or collection of art objects in a gallery, often times providing opportunity to showcase a people’s cultural heritage, the artists and their works. When art exhibitions are carried out in rural communities by a National Art Gallery, it has the potential of promoting tourism, and encouraging budding artists in the locality. This study examines the extent to which the National Gallery of Art, Igbo-Ukwu, southeast Nigeria, promote tourism in Igbo-Ukwu through art exhibitions, with a view to establishing the impacts of these exhibitions. Data gathering techniques employed are: participant observation, key informant interview focus group discussions and photography. The study discovers that art exhibitions in National Gallery of Art Igbo-Ukwu have contributed to promoting tourism, skill acquisition and income generation to the artists in the community and neighbouring towns. The gallery provides platform for budding artists to exchange ideas with more established artists, and at the same time make young people to see art as a viable profession. The study recommends that the exhibitions should be publicized more to increase wider participation of artists and tourists
- ItemOpen AccessChild Rearing and Modernity among the Igbo of Southeast, Nigeria(KCA University, 2022) Okoye, O.C.Child rearing which involves nurturing and training a child from childhood to adulthood is pivotal among the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria because children ensure their continuity. Modernity and the resultant technological innovations have immensely affected child rearing. Using qualitative method, this study seeks to examine the concept of child rearing among the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria, the extent it has been affected by modernity and make recommendation on best child-rearing method to adopt. Modernization theory is used as an explanatory framework for this study. It was established that child rearing entails feeding, nurturing, teaching and correcting children to become responsible adults. Child rearing was a communal affair in the traditional Igbo societies. Modernity resulted in most parents living in nuclear families and became solely responsible for child rearing. Socialization with people from other cultures and the modern means of communication have affected children’s behavior and the child-rearing style adopted by parents. The study, therefore, recommends that parents should consider the personality of their children and their environment before copying child-rearing style from other cultures
- ItemOpen AccessThe Impact of Religious Tourism: A Case Study of Cistercian Monastery in Awhum, Southeastern Nigeria(Common Ground Research Networks, 2016) Okoye, O.C.This paper examines the impact of religious tourism using Cistercian Monastery in Awhum as a case study. The study employed qualitative research methods such as participant observation, key informant interview, in-depth interview, and focus group discussion for data collection. It was discovered that tourists’ visit to Cistercian Monastery has positive and negative impacts. The positive impacts include the provision of employment opportunities, income generation, development facilitation, and an improvement in the standard of living for members of the host community as well as spiritual benefits such as creating the opportunity and a conducive environment for tourists to establish better relationships with the Supreme Being. In addition, pilgrimage to Awhum Monastery popularizes the host community and enables religious tourists to visit other ecotourism sites within the monastery complex. The negative impacts are increased noise, crime rates, and cultic activities as well as hostility between the religious community and the host community. The author recommends sensitizing the host community to the dangers of clashes with the religious community and upgrading security.
- ItemOpen Access“Strategies of the Dominican University Nigeria in Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in “African Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic,(Alliance for African Partnership, Michigan State University, 2021) Okoye, O. C.In this chapter, using qualitative research methods, I accounted for the strategies adopted by the management of Dominican University to help students continue their educational activities during COVID -19 pandemic. The challenges experienced by students using the online learning platform and strategies they devised to manage these challenges were also examined. The Dominican University switched to online learning method during the lock down. Students were faced with various challenges during their on line classes. These include erratic power supply, high cost of data bundle for Internet connection, and poor network connection among others. To manage these challenges, students resorted to the use of generators and power banks to charge their electronic devices, some went and lived with friends or relatives living in areas with stable network connection to receive their lectures. The online learning made the lecturers and students more Internet savvy and enabled students continued their lectures without disruption. However, students missed the face to face interaction with their lecturers and fellow students. Coming back on campus after the lock down, the management of Dominican University provided taps and wash hand basins at strategic places in the school, made compulsory the use of face masks as well as discourage the crowding of students at the cafeteria to ensure the students safety. The study recommended that for online learning to be effective in higher institutions in Nigeria there is need for stable power supply and good Internet connection.
- ItemOpen AccessTourism Potentials of the National Iwa ji Festival in Igbo-Ukwu Southeast Nigeria(Association for Tourism Development in Nigeria., 2020) Okoye, O.C.Festival tourism is one of the mainstays of the tourism industry in many countries. In Igbo-Ukwu Anambra State Nigeria, Mbido Igbo Cultural Association, an organization that champions the revival, preservation and promotion of Igbo arts and cultural heritage has repackaged Iwa ji festival for the promotion and sustainability of Igbo culture and tourism development. Iwa ji festival is celebrated annually in honor of the Supreme God and other divinities for the gift of the new yam. This paper examines the tourism potentials of the festival. It was established that events during the festival such as yam competition, wrestling competition, exhibitions in National Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Centre for Black African Art and Civilization (CBAAC) have the propensity to attract international and national tourists if properly repackaged. It was also noted that quality social facilities such as good road network, and accommodation as well as the hospitality of the host community are equally essential for tourism development. The paper offered recommendations on how to upgrade the National Iwa ji festival to international standard. Qualitative method was utilized in data collection and the data collected were analyzed descriptively.