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Govt should critically look into arts – Ezeemo



Uche Ezeemo is a lecturer in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He is a fellow and chairman of Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA), Anambra State Chapter.

WHAT is your assessment on how the entertainment industry has fared in Anambra State under the administration of Gov Willie Obiano?
Honestly, the level of creative industry in Anambra is not very encouraging. If it continues that way, the industry will depreciate in this state.
How would you rate government’s involvement in ensuring active participation of youths in the industry?
Creative arts is an ensemble of all kinds; music, movie, graphics, painting and even sculpting. It is a serious profession that empowers and employs a lot of youths and women in our society. I believe that a corporate partnership between the state government and the youths will produce talents that are visionary to showcase the aesthetics of arts. For example, the provision of arts exhibition on a regular basis will afford painters, sculptors and craftsmen the opportunity to showcase their hidden talents.

The encouragement of talents hunt with sponsorship by multi-nationals and support from the government will help give the platform for several youths to breed. Take for example, the child artist, Solomon Ugwu. Such a lad needs attention and sponsorship to boost his creative ingenuity.

What are your expectations for the future in improving the sector in Anambra State?
What the state government needs to do is to encourage that sector and see what it will make out of them. It is a lucrative industry that may not require much but just a little push and many Anambra youths will be empowered. This government should critically look into it with enthusiasm. Like the governor will say, “Nkea bu nke anyi…” we have so many talents in the state. Records show that ndi Anambra are among the best geniuses in the world with reference to Chukwuemeka Emegwali, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ben Enwonwu, Prof. Pita Ejiofor, and the likes of mega industrialists who pioneered several inventions and artworks.

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