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Nigeria, Britain partner to promote creativity

10 October 2013, 21:58

Abuja - Chief Edem Duke, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, on Thursday, said the ministry would strengthen its partnership with Britain to boost creativity in the country.

He made the disclosure when Martin Davidson, the Chief Executive Officer of British Council, visited him in Abuja.

He stressed the need for both countries to establish a platform for exchange of talents as way of harnessing the potential in the countries’ creative industry.

Duke said,  "the young Nigerians coming out of school will need such a platform to express their creative talents."

The minister requested the assistance of Britain in the areas of expertise for the skills acquisition centre under construction in Calabar and in restoring Nigeria’s theatres and monuments.

He also stressed the need for a partnership that would assist in creating job opportunities for youths, as well as transform the creative industry into a major income earner for the country.

"We must begin to think of an economy beyond oil ; help us to reposition this sector. We are looking for opportunities for our youths,’’ the minister requested.

Earlier, Davidson said Britain was determined to look into the importance of culture as a means of building economic development for both countries.

He said the synergy would encourage Nigerian artistes to work together with artistes in the United Kingdom.

"It will create an opportunity for us to learn and develop new techniques with colleagues from Nigeria.

"We are conscious of the benefits of the exchange of ideas and views with Nigerian artistes and are greatly interested in the skills acquisition academy in Calabar."



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