January 15, 2017

Entertainment industry: platform to create jobs for Nigerian youths

Performing artistes at the end of 2016 Star Music Trek in Lagos

Mrs Bolanle Austine-Peters, a movie producer on Sunday said that the entertainment industry can serve as a veritable platform for creating jobs for Nigerian youths.

The movie producer disclosed this in Lagos that the multi-billion naira industry was capable of generating huge revenue for the nation as well.

Austine-peters, also the founder of Terra Kulture, a cultural firm, said that the industry was also capable of employing millions of youths in all field of endeavours across the country.

According to her, the industry is the third largest employer of labour around the world, and it has contributed meaningfully to the development of the nation.

“The industry is full of creativities and potential that is capable of developing a country.

“The industry has removed millions of youths off the streets and also contributed meaningfully to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),’’ she said.

She commended Nollywood practitioners for projecting the country’s fashion and movie industry positively around the world.

“Africa fashion, style and movie industry is trending and it is gaining world recognition.

“African movies, most especially Nollywood has taken over the global market.

“There is no where you will go to in the world that they do not recognise and appreciate Nollywood movies, Nigerian movie will get soon,’’ she said.

Austine-Peters said that her firm had empowered and trained so many youths on artistes, movie productions and visual arts.

“We have been doing our best and we will continue to extend our social/corporate responsibility to the people, especially to the youth,’’ she said.

She said that her firm equally organises exhibitions forum monthly for artistes, movie producers and visual artists to showcase their creativity and talents to the world.

Austine-peters also appealed to the Federal Government to create more enabling environment for the industry to thrive.