- Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state inaugurates Joke Silva, Kunle Afolayan and others to board of arts and culture
- Charges new board members to take Lagos state arts culture and tourism to a greater height
- Ambode also promises to build six theatre across the state
Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday, April 12, inaugurated a board of arts and culture members and among them are Joke Silva and Kunle Afolayan.
During the inauguration, he urged them 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. He also informed that his government is constructing six new theatre across the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the board members at the Banquet Hall, Lagos state, the governor said that in the last 23 months has covered a lot of ground in terms of design and structure of the arts and entertainment sector, so much still needed to be done if it must realise its goal to become a global hub for music, theatre and film.
“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.”
Governor Ambode 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.
He said the state was currently leading the initiatives to transform the national museum and the iconic National Arts Theatre into world class centres of history, tourism arts and entertainment, while construction work on the six arts theatres across the state has begun in earnest.
Members of Board include, arts enthusiast, Mrs. Polly Alakija as chairman, with 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 as members.
Other members include, Mobee of Badagry, High Chief Patrick Yodenu Mobee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Adesina Adeyemi and Director of Culture at the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Saidat Otulana.
He said the inauguration of the Board, coming on the heels of the 50-day event countdown of the State’s Golden Jubilee celebration, showed the total commitment of his administration to put the arts and culture sector in the right perspective.
“We will continue to provide a conducive environment for a private sector-led development as a strategy towards actualizing our vision. While we will intervene where and when necessary to support this development strategy, it will be the responsibility of this distinguished Council to seek and explore private sector support to nurture new talents and generate events for a sustainable development of the creative arts sector in the State,” he said.
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