Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and former World Bank Vice President for Africa, Dr (Mrs) Oby Ezekwesili has lauded Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for creating the right atmosphere and promoting the existence of creative minds in the state in Nigeria’s emerging creative industry.
Dr Ezekwesili said Governor Amaechi’s remarkable effort had attracted most enterprising creative minds to the state, contributing to state economy.
She spoke in Port Harcourt on Tuesday while delivering a keynote address on “Literature and the creative economy” at the Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, as part of activities marking this year’s Port Harcourt Book Festival.
She said economies gain more opportunities to succeed “by taking hold of the collective talents of a larger number of citizens connected to a broader, more reachable world than used to be the case. creative industries are generally small businesses, self-employment and plenty of informality, deriving from networks and contacts”.
Commending Governor Amaechi who also is the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr Ezekwesili said: “For in the development of a larger and more integrated creative society and creative economy, the literature community benefits. It has been found that in societies where the cluster approach to the development of the creative industries has enabled a value chain connectivity of literature to music to film to fashion, there has been greater acceleration of value creation within that industry.