LASG will exploit potential in creative industries to boost economy – Benson-Awoyinka

Lagos State Government will leverage the potential of the creative industries to enhance its economy, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka has said.

Mrs. Benson-Awoyinka spoke during a town hall meeting on the Afropolis Lagos 2024, scheduled for October 26 to November 3.

Accompanied by Mr Idris Aregbe, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, the commissioner, highlighted the administration’s substantial investments in the creative sector.

She emphasized the ministry’s dedication over the past few years to supporting and nurturing the industry.

“We have made significant investments in infrastructure, such as renovating key cultural sites and establishing new venues for arts and performances. These efforts ensure that our artists have the platforms they need to thrive,” Benson-Awoyinka stated.

She described Afropolis 2024 as more than just an event, but a celebration of the rich cultural heritage, creativity, and innovation of Lagos.

“It is a platform where African creatives can come together to showcase their talents, exchange ideas, and collaborate on groundbreaking projects. This festival is a testament to the vibrant and dynamic spirit of our continent. Lagos, as the host city, is proud to be at the forefront of this cultural revolution,” she added.

The commissioner also noted that Lagos is renowned as the largest black cultural melting pot in the world, leading in various creative sectors such as music, fashion, gaming, tech, design, film, dance, AI, and research.

She emphasized that young talents from Lagos are making significant strides on the global stage, and events like Afropolis will provide them with the visibility and opportunities they deserve.

Qudus Onikeku, the Founder and Artistic Director of Afropolis, announced that the week-long cultural carnival is expected to attract both local and international tourists.

He revealed that Made Kuti, the grandson of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, along with other artists from Nigeria and abroad, will perform at the festival.

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