Nigeria supports restructuring of music business

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

From (L-R) Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Zimbabwe, Anastancia Ndhlou, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, Head of Culture Union, African Union, Angela Martins and Director African ONE Campaign, Nachiala Nkombo during 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA in Lagos.

The Nigerian government has assured stakeholders in the Creative Industry of enabling environment to run an economic viable business.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Muhammed gave the assurance at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA, Africa Music Business Roundtable held in Lagos.

A cross section of the participants at the event
A cross section of participants at the event.

Proper structure
Describing Music in Africa as a huge business where Nigeria takes the lead, Mr Mohammed emphasised on the need for proper structure for the industry to thrive.

“Creative Industry which music is one, must have an effective collaboration between the government, private sector and the public for it to thrive. A musician must have connection with his or her fans and the private sector as well,” he said.

The Minister told Voice of Nigeria that Creative Industry relies on other sectors of the economy to survive, stressing the need for regular communication of the stakeholders in the sector.

Economy through music
According to him, the event with the theme ‘Economic Power of Music for new Africa’ is an avenue to channel a course to boosting the continent’s economy through music.

“The industry has that potential to achieve the road map for boosting the economy but lack of infrastructure such as comprehensive legal frame work, access to finance, regulation, protection of intellectual property among others, have been the impediment to the development of the sector,” he explained.

The Minister however promised that President Buhari-led government would ensure a platform of understanding on how to do music business.

He said; “On our part as government, we will provide enabling environment in terms of legal frame work, we have the Motion Picture Practitioner Council of Nigeria, MOPICON, National endowment for art and our intensive efforts to fight piracy.”

Mr Mohammed urged the private sector to invest massively in the industry and enjoined artistes to provide good content that would project the rich culture of Nigeria and Africa.

The panel addressed several issues in the industry including Copyright, distribution among others.

Mercy Chukwudiebere