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Participants at the event in Lagos on Saturday, December 7, 2019
The Creative Industry Group (CIG) on Saturday in Lagos elevated its pursuit towards finding means of empowering talented youths in Nigeria as it embarked on the first National Entertainment Training Summit and Awards themed “Driving Entrepreneurship In Entertainment”.
Addressing members and a large turnout of participants and awardees, the President of CIG, Felix Duke, described the aim of the project as a means of charting a course for creative community in the country to be meaningfully reckoned with as well as creating more value for its contribution to growth of our economy.
Duke further pointed out that within the event “will form the form the fulcrum of our disposition – to continue in our quest to seek ways of pulling our members everywhere in the country from the morass of economic negligence and poverty”.
CIG has also in its short period of existence recorded some modest achievements comprising the unveiling this year of its own housing estate, called the Creative Industry Group Pacific Estate in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, available to registered members at a subsidised rate, launch of a CUG phone line for members at just =N=1,500 monthly call among members among others.
Highlight of the event included expert presentations on skill acquisition, dance cum aerobics and awards to deserving personalities in recognition of their positive contributions to the enhancement of creativity in Nigeria.
Said Duke: “There are strong plans at very advanced stage to hold this very event in Austria in next year’s Summer. The government of Austria has given its nod to collaborate with us in this regard. Tagged the Nigerian-World Entertainment Summit, it will be a three-day affair of exhibitions of creative products from Nigeria featuring music, movies, crafts, fashion design and more.
“The event will again return to Nigeria next year, to in three days train and empower the youths as well as showcase the creative energy of the country in the concomitant areas of music, movies, crafts, fashion design painting and more.
“CIG strongly believes that the creative community in Nigeria which has the youth as its largest population has enormous contribution to make in the economic advancement of this God-blessed nation. Therefore, we ask the government of our country to pay more serious attention to the proper development, and empowerment of the youth in order to channel their abundant energy to positive course and prevent them from engaging in untoward activities. Nigeria will be the better for it if our government does the needful in this regard”.