Mrs. Hannatu Musawa, the Minister in charge of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy, has expressed her admiration for the worldwide acclaim received by Nigerian entertainment sector. She specifically highlights the increasing impact of the industry on the global platform. At the 4th National Theatre Festival of Unity, which took place in the Marquee of the National Theatre complex in Lagos, Musawa expressed her thoughts on the theme, “Boundless Possibilities”, for the upcoming 2023 edition.
Also, Mrs. Mariam Ajaga, Musawa’s Special Adviser on Visual Arts and Culture, shared Musawa’s praise for the creative sectors vast potential, as it overcomes geographical limitations and embraces a variety of opportunities across the globe. It comes as no shock that this year’s edition revolves around the concept of ‘Boundless Possibilities’, denoting the unrestricted potential within the realm of the creative industry and Nigeria unbounded artistic expressions, she remarked. The boundaries that once confined the country’s entertainment sector have now dissipated.
Netflix has brought attention to Nigerian talent with over $23.5 million.
Currently, Nigerian ingenuity triumphs globally, propelling the cultural mosaic forward and opening up limitless avenues for growth and prosperity. Multinational corporations are now partnering with Nigerian talented artists, making it possible for the nation’s vibrant artistic performances to reach and captivate audiences worldwide. Nigeria remarkable ingenuity in the creative field fills Musawa with an immense sense of pride. She attributes the country’s flourishing reputation in the entertainment sector, emphasizing how Netflix has played a significant role.
With a staggering investment of more than US$23.5 million, Netflix has brought attention to Nigerian talent, particularly through the widely acclaimed movie Black Book. This Nigerian masterpiece has captivated viewers worldwide, garnering an astonishing 70 million views. Acknowledging the accomplishments, Musawa called upon the sector to direct its attention towards augmenting infrastructure and upholding progress. She underscored the dedication of the government to establish a conducive atmosphere, encouraging partnerships, generating employment opportunities, nurturing skills, and endorsing the distinct national identity.
Art serves as a form of therapeutic intervention.
All that was underscored was in alignment with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope initiative. She boldly declared her determination to combat pessimism using the power of music rooted in their aspirations. Their ultimate goal is to transform the narrative of Nigeria, illuminating the endless potential that lay within the nation’s boundaries. Despite the difficulties encountered, Prof. Sunday Ododo, the National Theatre’s esteemed host and General Manager, took a moment to contemplate the unwavering strength of the Festival.
He accentuated the profound capacity of art to bring about positive change and restore hope, acting as a binding agent that unites people and brings comfort in times of hardship. According to Prof. Ododo, art goes beyond providing entertainment, as it serves as a form of therapeutic intervention, promoting harmony, and serving as a source of inspiration during times of unrest. Prof. Ododo recognized the festival as a symbol of strength, creativity, inventiveness, and togetherness among the people.
Special tribute was paid to Mrs. Musawa, for her exceptional efforts.
Furthermore, he highlighted the remarkable expedition embarked upon by the National Theatre of Unity. It resonated with the enthusiastic acknowledgment of distinctiveness, customs, ground-breaking ideas, and the influential role women play in the realm of artistry. The event showcased mesmerizing displays on stage, which were brought to life by the National Troupe of Nigeria, along with captivating choral performances. A special tribute was paid to Mrs. Hannatu Musawa, acknowledging her exceptional efforts within the realms of the creative industry.