Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday in Abuja, played host to a delegation All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) noting that the solution to Africa’s youth unemployment challenge lies in the development of the creative industry.
The minister said that if properly harnessed, the creative industry will redress youth unemployment in the continent and act as tools for unity, peace and harmonious co-existence.
He noted that the sector had been largely under-developed in Africa, whereas it has turned around the fortune of many countries of the world.
“The perception of the creative industry in Africa and Nigeria in particular has been defective as people do not see it as a sector that can contribute to the economy.
“California economy is about the fifth best in the world and it is largely dependent on the creative industry,’’ he said.
He assured the delegation of Federal Government’s support towards the successful hosting of the 2016 edition of AFRIMA.
Specifically, the minister granted the requests of the delegation for the use of the National Theatre in Lagos for rehearsals as well as publicity of the event by the government-owned media organisations.
Angela Martins, the leader of the delegation and Head of Culture Department, African Union Commission, said the visit was to request for support of the government for the successful hosting of the awards.
She said the award which would hold in November, is aimed at promoting the African artists and music and to bring the creative industry to its rightful place.
Martins said that since inception of the awards in 2014, the AU Commission has been a strong partner because of the union’s policy of promoting African culture and creative industry.
Mr Mike Dada, the President and Executive Director of AFRIMA and Mr Mike Strano, the AFRIMA Director for East Africa were among the delegation.
The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Director-General of NTA, Yakubu Mohammed and the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, were present at the visit.
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