Minister lauds role of women in creative industry

Solomon Chung, Abuja 

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has lauded the leading role of women in the creative industry.

The Minister gave the commendation at the opening of the 2019 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Lagos on Sunday.

He hailed the organizers of AFRIFF, which was founded by a woman, Chioma Ude, for using this year’s edition to celebrate women, hence the theme of the event, ‘Shero’.

Alhaji Mohammed identified Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Road to Yesterday’, Bolanle Austen Peter’s ‘The Bling Lagosians’, ‘Waka The Musical’, Saro The Musical’ as well as ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’, and Mo Abudu’s ‘The Wedding Party 1 and 2 as some of the movies and stage shows produced by women, which made waves in the creative and entertainment
industry.

“During our first tenure in office, I attended a number of movie premieres, stage performances and other creative industry events and it’s amazing that a whole lot of them were produced by women.

”I therefore wish to implore the women of the Creative Industry not to relent in showing the way in this great industry,” he said.

Government support
The Minister assured the people that the Nigerian government would continue to support the Creative Industry.

“The evidence of our support can be seen clearly, whether in granting the industry the pioneer status or improving access to long-term, low-cost financing for entrepreneurs and investors in the Creative Industry and the Information Technology Sectors through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI).

“Beyond that, we plan to finalise work on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill in order to create a proper regulatory environment for the sub-sector that has put Nigeria’s name on the global map, thus attracting the much-needed investment to the industry, and also establish the Endowment Fund for the Arts to create a legal framework for the financing of the Creative Industry,”Alhaji Mohammed said.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere