The Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr Chidia Maduekwe says there is an urgent need for the convocation of a national conference to discuss the imperatives of the creative industry to the socio economic development of Nigeria.
Dr Maduekwe made the call recently while attending the maiden edition of the Plateau Creative Industry Conference that held in Jos, the Plateau State capital. Describing the creative industry as the future of jobs and entrepreneurship in Nigeria, the NFC MD said a more holistic and deliberate approach to harnessing the potentials in the industry is not only imperative but urgent which can only come about through a national discuss that will aggregate the gains and challenges and how to move the industry forward.
Drawing attention to the population explosion of Nigeria in the years ahead, which is estimated to hit 400 million in the next forty years, Dr Maduekwe said if nothing concrete is done about youth employment, such demographic changes could turn out to be a disaster in the making for the country. He said the creative industry holds the key to the solution to the numerous challenges of youth unemployment considering the potentials inherent in the industry. All hands, therefore, must be on deck to chart a sustainable growth plan for the creative industry in Nigeria.
As a major stakeholder in the creative industry, the NFC was part of the parley the conference attracted an array of creatives from different sectors of the Nigerian entertainment space to Jos. They included musicians, poets, film makers, artistes, sports men and women, publishers, comedians, spoken word poets, On Air Personalities, ICT experts, broadcasters, amongst others.
Jos, has widely been seen as the entertainment capital of Nigeria considering the quantum of creatives and entertainers that can be traced to the city. The city has churned out great minds in all of the above creative spheres thereby putting itself on the creative map Nigeria and Africa indeed.