Lagos - Ace musician, Mr Sunday Adeniyi, has called on the Federal Government to foster the growth of the Nigerian music industry by investing in it.
Adeniyi, popularly known as King Sunny Ade, made the call in London on Sunday after performing at the exhibition mounted to showcase Nigeria’s culture and investment potential at the London Olympics.
The music star told the Europe Correspondent said in London that Nigerian entertainment industry is economically viable but its potential largely remain untapped.
Adeniyi described music as a universal language which bound all cultures and societies together, adding that if appropriate measures were put in place in the Nigerian music industry, artistic productivity would be enhanced.
He said that this would also stimulate investments in other sectors of the economy.
Adeniyi, who commended the Federal Government for approving N200 billion for the Entertainment Industry Fund, however, said that a lot still had to done to enable practitioners to have access to the funds.
``I want to commend the government for this gesture; however, we have yet to feel the impact of the fund,’’ he added.
Adeniyi expressed concern over the menace of piracy, saying that piracy had negatively affected not only the music industry but also all aspects of intellectual property rights in the country.
He urged the government to show more commitment in the fight against piracy via purposeful legislation, stressing that government had a vital role to play in making the music industry economically viable and attractive.
``In spite of the many challenges, I am very happy to note that the Nigerian music industry has moved from being regarded as an aberration to a level comparable with any show business in other parts of the world,’’ he added.