Nigeria unlocks creative industry opportunities

Solomon Chung, Lagos

L-R; Executive Director, Think Tank Media, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin; Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed and the Managing Director, Think Tank Media, Ms. Taiwo Olukunle at a Press Conference on the forthcoming Creative Industry Financing Conference in Lagos on Thursday.

The Creative Industry Financing Conference, billed for July 17-18, 2017 will take the industry into a golden era of smooth access to short and long term financing, world class management as well as
local and international distribution.

Nigeria’s Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said this in Lagos on Thursday at a press conference he called to formally announce the event.

“The two-day conference is conceived because of our realisation that lack of access to financing is stunting the growth of the Creative Industry,” Mr Mohammed stated.

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According to him, the conference is the latest in a series of conferences and other events that have been held by the ministry to boost the industry. He cited others as the National Summit on Culture and Tourism held last year to chart the path for the industry, the Roundtable on the Creative Industry held in Lagos last Monday and the MoUs with the Bank of Industry, Tony Elumelu Foundation and the British Council.

”As you are undoubtedly aware, this administration attaches a whole lot of importance to the Creative Industry. This is in line with its cardinal programme of diversifying the economy away from oil.

”There is no better demonstration of the high priority given to the Creative Industry than the fact that the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, himself will declare open the Creative Industry Financing Conference,” the minister explained.

Mr Mohammed said the overall essence of the Ministry’s efforts was to
transform the Creative Industry to a Creative Economy.

”We also believe that this transformation must be driven by the
private sector, with the government providing the enabling environment,”
he added.

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is organising the Creative Industry Financing Conference in conjunction with the Think Tank Media and Advertising.

Mercy Chukwudiebere