Experts in the Creative Industry says Nigeria must create more opportunities for Artists to revive the industry.
This formed part of the discussion by Panelists with the topic “Beyond oil economy, creative industry as a diversification option for Nigeria” at the just concluded International Arts and craft INAC expo held in Abuja, the Nigerian state capital.
One of the Panelists, a Visual Artist, Mr.
Akachukwu Chukwuemeka, said ”even when creative industry is been promoted by experts, less attention is paid to virtual artists.
“We talking about diversifying into creative industry, policy makers tend to pay more attention to Hollywood, music and fashion, forgetting the virtual artists.
“We tend to forget that every sector of the economy needs the artist, either as a graphic artist in an advertising firm, design creators and illustrators in air craft or car manufacturing company and fashion houses, in fact most of the cars seen today, started it’s journey from an artist drawing book,” he stated.
Chukwuemeka added that Arts and Craft Industry needed urgent attention from the shoes factories in Aba, Abia State to the fashion industry in Lagos State and to the leather factories in the North.
Another Panelists, a veteran Journalist, Dr.
Ruben Abati believes Nigeria has all the resources to make the Creative industry one of the major driver of the economy.
He said; “We have beaches, we have world class tourism destination and great human resources.
What we need is good leadership and refusing to politicise cultural resources is very important.
”Nigeria needs to invest more in creative industries and you will see how culture can be use as a vehicle for diplomacy and foreign relations”.
Another panelist, a Nigerian Fashion Designer, Mrs Evelyn Mitaire, said;” there is need for Government to work on revamping Indigenous textile mills and stop importation of Internationally made fabrics.
She said that the Nigerian creative industry remained the major diversification option for the nation as the potential in the industry could improve nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), if properly harnessed.
According to her, the fashion sector of the creative industry had not improved due to the encouragement of mass importation of fabrics from countries like Polland, London and China.
” The Nigerian government need to consider the fashion sector of the creative industry as a diversification option to oil, to explore the full potential of the fashion sector, importation of Internationally made fabrics should be banned.
” Our textile mills should be revamped while we promote exportation of such fabrics to improve on our economy.
” When the importation of Internationally made fabrics are restricted, Nigerians will be forced to be creative in our production of local fabrics and create interest in it,” she said.
Mitaire also cautioned Nigerians for exhibiting preference for foreign products as against Nigerian made products.
Experts want Nigerian Govt to revive Creative Industry