Former Director for Center For Black African Arts and Culture, Professor Tunde Babawale said Africa’s creative industry has contributed 13.9 Percent to the continent’s economy. The Professor noted this at an event organised by the Lagos State Government to celebrate World Culture Day.
In an opening remark to celebrate the event, the permanent secretary of Lagos State Culture and Tourism Mr Adewale Ashimi said more needs to be explored in the areas of arts, especially painting, caine weaving.
Special Adviser on Arts and Culture,Mrs Adebimpe Adesola in her speech to commemorate this year’s celebration said, in fufilment of the UNESCO declaration, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture through the state’s council for Arts and Culture hosted the public lecture to sensitize and call attention to the wealth opportunities that can be gotten in creative enterprise by bringing together Government officials, professional artist,entrepreneurs ,artisans and other key stakeholders, noting that the Ambode administration is strongly committed to exploring all prospects for tackling the issues of poverty alleviation and youth unemployment, in the area of creative industries thereby earning more revenue for the state as it addresses the unemployment challenges. Adesola also revealed that Entrepreneurs and artisans can also acess the Lagos State Employment Trust fund recently inaugurated by the state government.
In a lecture tagged ‘Exploring the Glodmine Inherent in Nigeria’s Creative Industries for Employment Generation’, Professor Babawale who was guest speaker at the event said a nation that engages in creative economy is a nation that has a competitive economy.
Babawale in his lecture also talked about Cultural tourism, how it has contributed huge investment citing Festac ’77, noting that during the event , Nigeria demostrated that culture can be use as a Political statement.Babawale said Lagos State Black Heritage Festival is taking a step in the direction of Festac ’77.
He noted that certain cultural behaviour needs to be promoted to drive development particularly through the creative economy and cultural industry , emphasizing that our cultural traits can also help promote cultural tourism ‘If you are not friendly, how do you receive cultural tourism, if you are not in good conduct, how do you receive cultural tourism’.
Babawale in his speech said there is a remarkable growth in the culture of Nigeria, with many of our works which have enjoyed a place amongst master pieces, and the Nollywood industry has created great entrepreneurs in the country.He also noted that Art works should be used as collaterals for loans, encouraging the Lagos State Government to further develop slave museums noting that slave museums have made great revenue for economies in America . Babawale encouraged the state government to partern the Fela -Kuti Museum after the Bob Marley Museum so to generate great revenue .