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US GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER WITH MINISTRY OF ART, CULTURE AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY TO BOOST NIGERIA ECONOMY                

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US GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER WITH MINISTRY OF ART, CULTURE AND THE CREATIVE ECONOMY TO BOOST NIGERIA ECONOMY                                                                                                               23-03-24

By Sadiq Aminu                                                      The United States government Government in partnership with the Ministry of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy has Rolled Out Programmes to Boost Nigeria’s Creative Economy in music and television script writing.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs, Ms Lee Satterfield made this known during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Art Culture Ms Hannatu Musa Musawa in Abuja.

Ms Satterfield explained that the US government would use public diplomacy platforms, including people-to-people diplomacy, to revolutionize the growing opportunities in the music, art and literary fields.

“The Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau at the State Department plays a lead role primarily in building relationships and people-to-people diplomacy across a wide variety of sectors, education mostly, but also in cultural heritage.

Some of the robust programs include training of Nigerian TV production directors in the University of Southern California to work directly with American executive producers and directors, a music mentorship program for 5 Nigerians in America Recording Academy which would take place in October.

Earlier, the Minister, Hannatu Musa Musawa cited Intellectual Property securitization on copyright, lack of infrastructure, and the need to industrialize the sector as key grey areas that yearn for collaborations and investment in order to bring value into the country.

The minister listed some of her road map strategy in investing and reviving the industry to include Cultural expansion, Economic expansion, job creation, and Destination 2030-reposition Nigeria on the global stage.

The meeting was attended by the First Secretary, US Embassy, Mr Peter Burba, the Director of Film, TV and Digital Media Programs US Department of State, Catherine Collins, Managing Director Nigerian Film Corporation Mr Ali Nuhu, and Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Obi Asika,

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