Musawa Restates FG’s Commitment to Boost Creative Economy Agnes Ekebuike

The Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa, has restated the federal government’s commitment to promoting a booming global creative economy through arts and culture.
Musawa, made this known recently, in Venice, Italy, at the opening of the Nigeria Pavilion at the Rio Terà Canal.

The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Aindrea Emelife, Curator, Nigeria Pavilion and Phillip Ihenacho, Director, Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) Trust, were among the Nigerian dignitaries at the opening of the world event.
The Venice Biennale, which is in its 60th edition, is a global celebration of creativity and cultural exchange with renowned artists, curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts from every corner of the globe in attendance.

In a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Musawa stated that the ministry is collaborating with stakeholders like the Museum of West African Art (MOWAA) to facilitate investment in the art sector.

“We must be creative in our approach to facilitating investment in arts and culture. We are committed to working with private sector institutions and foundations such as MOWAA, and we see the Nigeria Imaginary as a shining example of what can be achieved by such partnerships.
“This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with MOWAA and we look forward to more successes, including the home-coming of this exhibition when it comes to the MOWAA Creative Campus in Nigeria.
“Together, we are showcasing the vibrancy, diversity, and talent of Nigeria to the world, reinforcing our commitment to fostering a thriving creative economy that resonates globally.”

The minister also applauded the eight artists who represented Nigeria at the just concluded Venice Biennale, for their ambassadorial roles in showcasing the nation culturally.
“Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Ndidi Dike, Onyeka Igwe,Toyin Ojih Odutola, Abraham Oghobase, Precious Okoyomon, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, and Fatimah Tuggar have truly embodied their roles as cultural ambassadors. Their ambitious and thought-provoking works engage with themes of identity, democracy, migration, history, and heritage, offering fresh perspectives on our country through their unique lenses.”

Musawa, also acknowledged Ms. Aindrea Emelife, the curator of the Nigeria Pavilion, for her vision in bringing the world to see Nigeria through its cultural exhibition.

“We seek to empower young passionate storytellers and feel the theme,  ‘Nigeria Imaginary’ is precisely what the world needs to see from Nigeria. More than a display of artistic achievement, the Nigeria Pavilion represents a collaborative effort that transcends geographical and governmental boundaries, celebrating the voices of both our homegrown and diaspora artists.

“This is why the ministry is dedicated to fostering environments that celebrate and nurture artistic excellence, ensuring that such exhibitions inspire our emerging talents and honor our established artists, ensuring that the arts remain at the forefront of our national agenda.

 “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved here today and on behalf of His Excellency, Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Nigerian government, and its people, I extend our collective gratitude to all stakeholders and participants.”

 This is Nigeria’s second participation at the Venice Biennale.

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