Entertainers pledge support for government’s change agenda

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Nigerian entertainers have pledged their unflinching support for the government in its national reorientation campaign on ‘change’.

At a parley with the Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture in Lagos south west Nigeria, prominent individuals from the entertainment industry met to chart a course for attitudinal change among Nigerians.

The Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed said the on-going consultation with stakeholders in the information and culture sector was to intimate artistes and musicians on the proposed change project tagged “change begins with me.”

As role models, the Minister said the musicians would play significant role in using their fan base to drive home the message.

“Many of you are role models and many of you have influences and we are going to use some of you as our role model and take some of you as our change ambassadors.” Minister said.

One of the artistes at the event, Tiwa Savage expressed her readiness to contribute to the campaign.

“Change begins with me and that is all we need in order to move to another page in development across the country. I am one hundred and fifty percent available with all my resources to support this project”, she said.

National Project

Another musician, Don Jazzy who applauded the initiative of the Minister to have involved them in such a national project said he would render services to actualize the objective of the campaign.

According to him “It is a good initiative by the federal government having seen the entertainers as a tool for change. And I promise to use my base to drive home the message in my own little way.”

Others who spoke at the event promised to key into the campaign and use their medium to spread it across board.

They also solicited government’s support in the area of curbing piracy which according to them is killing the industry.

And the Minister responded by assuring them of enabling environment to thrive as one of the key sector of the economy.

Mr. Lai Mohammed said “the theme song for the campaign has already been composed and musicians from the six geo-political zones of the country would be involved to perform the song.”

The meeting with musicians and artiste was to initiate discussion with the role and expectation of the creative industry in the proposed national reorientation campaign which is expected to kick-off in March 15, this year.