Wednesday 6 May 2020

Visual artists missing from FG committee on economic stimulus for creative industry

From the Federal Government's proposed-efforts at providing assistance for the art and culture sectors, visual artists will be represented by photographers, a list announced today suggests.

On Wednesday, the government announced a committee of industry professionals on the proposed stimulus for the creative industry.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed the list during a meeting with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, BON.

The committee list include professionals in the music, comedy, Theatre and film sectors. Ali Baba, Bolanle Austen Peters, Charles Novia, Segun Arinze, Ali Jita, Baba Agba, Kene Okwuosa, Efe Omoregbe, and Prince Daniel Aboki have been listed.
 Others listed in the committee from the film, theatre and music professions include Chioma Ude, Olumade Adesemowo, Dare Art Alade, Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim and Anita Eboigbe.

The list  has no single visual artists. Perhaps, the government was unaware of the existence of visual artists in Nigeria.

The minister was quoted by Daily as adding: “We are still expecting the representatives of the Fashion, Publishing, Photography as well as Hospitality and Travel sectors

 "The Committee has four weeks from today to submit its report.”


  1. The visual arts sector in Nigerian creative arts industry is obviously the oldest, having formed the association called society of Nigerian arts far back as in base of Nigeria as a nation in sixties. So any effort to relegate visual art is at variance with the recognition of human existence and unacceptable.

  2. I think as you lay your bed so you lie on it. What are the contributions of the Visual Artists to the development of the Society recognised by the government? Every Artist works individually. I remember one time a foreigner came to give talk to the Artists. She advised the body to form groups like that of performing Artists so that they can be projecting the art to international audience as in groups. Each group as advised should have a leader under whose umbrella the group will be functioning. She said foreign Art buyers or promoters would like to deal with groups than individuals. I wonder if anything was done in that regard since then.
    Be that as it may,the performing Artists have stated why they should be recognised in terms of what they contributed to the development of the country. Let the Visual Artists too say their own. It is not enough to just meet the President and matter dies there.