google-site-verification: googlea104b15742cb888b.html

User Login

11

July
2017
Lai-Mohammed

Nigeria partners CNN,UNWTO to boost creative industry

The Federal Government has reached a tripartite partnership with UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and American news network, CNN, to boost the nation’s creative industry.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at the Creative Industry Roundtable held on Monday in Lagos.

The minister, who declared the roundtable opened, said that the partnership would give the nation’s creative industry a big boost.

He said under the partnership, his ministry, UNWTO and CNN, would use the film industry as a lens to project various aspects of the Nigerian culture, tourism and similar areas.

He said they would kick-start the project with a 13-episode production showcasing the various stages in movie production.

“The productions include the choice of location, which will allow us to showcase the various beautiful sceneries available in Nigeria.

“It will showcase the choice of wardrobe to show the rich options in the country’s fashion industry and the choice of soundtrack that will highlight our rich music genres

“The casting will showcase our abundant talents and the technical part will provide the platform to show that there is no camera and other gadgets that we don’t have here,” he said.

The minister said as part of the project, his ministry would run a programme on CNN showcasing the 20 Nigerians to watch in the creative industry.

He said the Nigerians to be showcased would be selected by the industry players to ensure authenticity.

Mr. Mohammed reiterated the government’s position to transform the creative industry to “Nigeria’s new oil”.

“This is an empirical statement, rather than a mere jive and the experience from other lands confirms this,” he said.

As parts of the dogged determination to grow the industry, Mr. Mohammed also disclosed that his ministry would be organising a Creative Industry Financing Conference between July 17 and July 18 in Lagos.

He said the conference organised in partnership with the Think Tank Media would be declared open by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The minister said he called the round-table to fast-track the transformation of the creative industry.

He reiterated the government readiness to support the industry and facilitate the enabling environment for the true business growth of the creative sector.

“The Roundtable will provide the stakeholders the opportunity to engage in business-focused discussions.

“The stakeholders are to initiate private sector-led growth and development of the Creative Industry.

“We will dialogue and engage key industry personnel on the business of the creative sector while addressing key issues affecting the sector.

“The Roundtable is also expected to highlight international best practices that would enhance the business of the sector,” he said.

Earlier, Folorunso Coker, the Director General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), identified access to funding as one of the major challenges of the industry.

He said the stakeholder should push for acceptance of content as collateral for funding of creative works as it was being done in other climes.

Coker also advocated public policy reform for harmonisation of multi-level regulatory institutions in the creative industry.

He decried huge infrastructure gap, which he said was holding the industry from developing.

According to him, China built about 40,000 cinemas in the last six years, whilst Nigeria has about 130 screens.

Some of the personalities at the event were Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture.

Also at the event were Nollywood Thespian, Saint Obi, Mo Abudu of Ebony Life, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Tajudeen Adepetu, Obi Asika and Ken Mkparu.

Miriam Chiazor

Miriam Chiazor

Content Editor
Miriam is the cornerstone of content planning, fiercely dedicated to resolving the critical issues of the day. She loves a good challenge, thrives on deadlines, pressure and learning new things.
Miriam Chiazor
Miriam Chiazor
Miriam Chiazor

Latest posts by Miriam Chiazor (see all)

ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Pin on PinterestEmail this to someone
africa Africanfood Afro Tourism City Icon East Africa Festivals holidays Island Memories recipe wednesday South Africa Southern Africa top destination travel stories West Africa

Recent Posts

Archives

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
     12
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
2627282930  
       
1234567
22232425262728
293031    
       
     12
3456789
       
  12345
       
  12345
2728     
       
      1
2345678
3031     
   1234
567891011
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
282930    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
31      
   1234
567891011
       
1234567
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
       
  12345
6789101112
20212223242526
27282930   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
    123
45678910
18192021222324
252627282930 
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
       
15161718192021
22232425262728
29      
       
    123
45678910
18192021222324
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
28293031   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
262728293031 
       
 123456
21222324252627
282930    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
24252627282930
31      
  12345
13141516171819
2728293031  
       
891011121314
2930     
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
23242526272829
3031     
      1
9101112131415
16171819202122
232425262728 
       
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
262728293031 
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031