The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has described the creative industry as an important sector that can compete with any other ministry in the country.
Speaking at the 2016 Africa Music Business Round Table, organized by the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) on Friday, November 4, 2016, in Lagos, he reiterated that the federal government will continue to reckon with the creative industry which has continually place Nigeria on the global map.
With the theme; Economic Power Of Music For A New Africa, Mohammed said that the industry could stand shoulder with other important ministries such as the ministry of Petroleum, information among others.
According to him, “as the Nigerian creative industry continues to soar high and compete with their international counterparts all over the world, the government will make sure the industry gets full supports through different kinds of synergy with international organizations all over the world. The Government of president Buhari is committed to the growth of the music sector in Nigeria”, he noted.
Present at the roundtable were some stakeholders from the music industry such as Chief Tony Okoroji, Pretty Okafor, Sunny Neji, Sound Sultan, Jahman Anikulapo Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Kenny Ogungbe among others, were on ground to chart the way forward in the business of music and how it can boost the economy at large.
While commending the efforts of some Nigerian artistes who have made their way to the top, the minister maintained that it is imperative for the industry to remain creative because creativity brings new ideas.
“All over the world, the importance of music cannot be over emphasized. African musicians encourage people to overcome daily life challenges with their music. Music is used to fight social injustice, music is also used to promote the image of any country in the world, which has prompted the federal government to continually invest heavily in the sector to make it bigger and investor friendly.
“Also, this is why we also urge all major players to join hands and make it work,” he said.
Other stakeholders who also discussed music development in Africa; challenges, prospects and opportunities are Sunny Nneji, Sound Sultan, Tony Okoroji and Yeni Kuti.