Warner Music Group Pursues Partnership with Nigerian Government

Hikmat Bamigboye, Abuja

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A prominent American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate, Warner Music Group, has shown interest in collaborating with the Federal Government of Nigeria to invest in the nation’s flourishing music industry.

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The company made a courtesy visit to Hannatu Musawa, the Minister of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, in Abuja over the weekend to discuss its global expansion plans, particularly focusing on Nigeria.

The President of Emerging Markets at Warner Music Group, Alfonso Perez-Soto, detailed the company’s vision for investing in Nigeria’s creative industry, highlighting their dedication to supporting local talent and fostering innovation.

“Our journey began in New York in 2017, and we created a blueprint to develop our industry and support our company in Africa. We have achieved significant investments in companies like Afrikori Warner and Chocolate City Record label in Nigeria. We have major artists who have been incredibly successful from Nigeria, such as Burna Boy, CKay, and Joe Boy, among others. Our intention is to introduce ourselves and explore potential areas of collaboration and partnership with the government.”She added

In response, the Minister highlighted the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and developing robust infrastructure to support the growth of the sector.

The Minister stressed the importance of aligning with the Ministry’s eight-point agenda, particularly in forming smart and strategic partnerships and developing policy frameworks that will create a favorable business environment.

“We are eager to collaborate with you to grow the industry, create jobs, and contribute to the country’s economic growth.” She said

The meeting allowed both parties to explore various collaboration and mutual growth opportunities. Warner Music Group, a global leader in recorded music, music publishing, and artist services, recognizes Nigeria’s crucial role in the African music scene and values the chance to engage directly with the Ministry of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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