nigeria's Minister of tourism: Chief Edem Duke

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Nigerians here to improve their carnival

By Jensen LaVende jensen.lavende@trinidadexpress.com

THE infectious music that emanates form the national instrument has brought a 22-member delegation from Nigeria to local shores in hopes of improving their carnival.

Speaking at the Piarco International Airport VIP Lounge Friday, Nigeria's Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Chief Edem Duke said: "Culture, tourism and Carnival will be the vessel used to open other dimensions between our two countries."

Duke said he wanted to look at the "bigger picture", including the development of a direct air link between the two countries.

He added that Nigeria was the second most profitable route for British Airways.

Duke and his delegation are being hosted by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.

He said he wanted to develop a "symbiotic relationship" between Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria.

He also pointed out that Nigeria was a big player in the oil and gas industry.

Duke said this was not his first visit to Trinidad and Tobago as he had previously played mas with Trini Revellers.

Duke said he will be working with the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) to have a larger delegation visit Nigeria before it's Abuja carnival in November.

Last year a delegation from the Witco Desperadoes Steel Orchestra visited Nigeria, Duke said.

Duke and his delegation are in Trinidad and Tobago for five days.

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