THE WORLD Music and Dance
Creation Organisation, an NGO
says it is ready to create a platform
for projecting budding artistes in the
world market to develop Nigerian
creative industry.
Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, the
President of the NGO told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
Wednesday in Lagos that the move
was aimed at regenerating literary,
artistic and innovative production
in the artistes.
“We are interested in harnessing
the potential in African music and
dance and to create a platform for
projecting budding artistes to the
right places -n the world market.
According to him, Africa is the
cradle of modern music and dance,
rock, rhythm, blues, jazz, and other
derivations from Africa region.
“In Africa, there are civilised,
talented and hardworking people
who deserve to be honoured
and credited for their works and
contributions to humanity,’’ he
Anikwe said that the potential
had not been properly tapped due
to considerable lack of access to
world music and dance markets
generally reserved for companies
belonging to favoured nations.
“This will also give room for
employment creation and we
are looking at over 2,000 talented
artistes in each of the 36 states in
Nigeria and FCT.
“It will also help to create a
formidable avenue for tourism
development and foreign investors.
“We want the budding artistes to
know that this organisation is out
for them and should be out to put
in their best in projecting Nigeria as
the hub of entertainment as it had
always been,” he said.
Anikwe said that the organisation
had been receiving sponsorship
from external agencies such as the
World Bank, African Development
Bank, UN, EU, among others.
He said that artistes, who had
challenges in producing their music
and dance initiatives due to lack of
fund, would also be assisted.
He said that artists would be
invited to Enugu State on Aug.
14 to participate in a forum that
would address the challenges of the
entertainment industry. (NAN)

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