The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday 12th of April 2017 inaugurated arts and entertainment practitioners, Kunle Afolayan, Joke Silva, Polly Alakija and others into the State’s Board of Arts and Culture.
During his speech, Ambode urged the inductees to go all out and explore private sector support to nurture new talents and generate events for a sustainable development of the creative arts sector in the State.
The Governor, while speaking at the inauguration of the Board at the Banquet Hall, Lagos State, urged the Board to generate local and international events to showcase and promote the state’s diverse talents in the field of creative arts, music, entertainment and sports.
He tasked them to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage while being sensitive to the diverse cultures of the citizens of the state.
“The commitment of our administration to harness the huge creative talents that abound in the State in the fields of Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Sports has never been in doubt. The ultimate goal is to use all of these to drive tourism, create employment and increase the contribution of the non-oil sector to the State’s gross domestic product. The Council for Arts and Culture which we have just inaugurated has a huge responsibility to translate our vision in this regard to reality.” Mr Ambode said.
Ambode further said the Board would among other things, be expected to ensure the sustainable management of arts and culture facilities and infrastructures in the state and create a sustainable framework for the sector.
Members of the board include arts enthusiast, Polly Alakija as Chairman. Veteran thespian, Joke Silva. Multiple award winning actor and movie producer, Kunle Afolayan. Influential visual artist, Kolade Oshinowo and foremost artist and designer, Nike Okundaye and several others as as members.
Source – Premium Times.