By Chinelo Chikelu
UNESCO and APCAD are focused on building capacities of stakeholders, and the welfare of creatives in Nigeria’s culture industry, to ensure employment and sustainable development of the nation.
Addressing participants at the opening ceremony, of the first Abuja International Photo Festival, UNESCO National Professional Officer, Culture, Ifeanyi Ajaegbo marveled at the turnout attendance which convened over 100 young photographers in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Zamfara, and Nassarawa states, a deviation from Nigerians initial attitude to photography.
Ajaegbo says UNESCO will include photography in its bi-annual programming, as well as encourage financial institutes to invest in the creative and cultural industry, knowing its capacity for employment creation.
To realize the growth of the sector, Piracy, he averred, must be tackled if private finance institutions are to invest and guaranteed returns on their investment. “UNESCO’s priority is to generate employment for women and youths, while we don’t work with individuals or organizations, we will build capacities of state parties to competently engage creatives, and also offer technical support, teaching them how to budget an event, craft business development and workplans.
Attending to the welfare of cultural and creative practitioners, President of the Association of Professional Creative Artists in Nigeria (APCAD), Chief Kingsley Okafor says besides sponsoring the Bill for the Creative Industry Sponsorship and Funding, via the creation of an institute where artistes can synergize and source funds for projects, the association is aiding creatives to source funding set aside for the Industry at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Bank of Industry (BoI). Okafor said loans from the financial institutions will enable creatives, establish studio spaces, and organize exhibits. A couple of creatives with the help of APCAD are poised to access it.
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