More than 30 performing artistes and movie producers staged a concert at the Artistes’ Village in National Theatre, Lagos, on Friday night to celebrate Nigeria’s 57th independence.
The concert had was tagged “Sounds Like Lagos’’.
The artistes who performed included Akinlade Richard `MC Richard’, Ibrahim Olayiwola ‘Small Faze’, Adeniyi Juigbe ‘Baale’, Gifted Steppers Children Dance Company and Okezuonu Confidence `My Lady’.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that two veterans, Chief Lari Williams and Prince Temitope Babayemi, were honoured at the show for their contributions in the entertainment industry.
Williams, who marked 50 years as an actor in September, told pressmen that the industry deserved more support from the public and private sectors to meet international standards.
He said that lack of support for upcoming artistes was responsible for low pace of their development.
“The young ones are not moving as required because they do not get external sponsors, while veterans live on their past glory,’’ he said.
Williams commended Actors Guild of Nigerian for efforts in developing the entertainment industry, and urged entertainers and the entire society to emphasise stage performance.
“Stage performers are of better acting quality than screen performers.
“America’s entertainment industry today still depends on stage performances to boost its economy, unlike Nollywood, which rate of improvement is slow,’’ he said.
Babayemi, the Coordinator of Artistes’ Village, Lagos, told journalists that the entertainment industry had been performing below expectations.
“The slow pace of development of the art is because artistes survive on their own.
“The authorities should invest in the entertainment industry if it must thrive,’’ he said.
The coordinator, also the Vice President, Actors Guild of Nigerian, South-West Zone, appealed to the Federal Government to turn the creative sector into a creative economy.
An artiste, Alex Nwokolo, said that springing up of more young talents provided an opportunity to boost the industry.
“The veterans should assist the young ones by being role models while the young ones should seek assistance of experienced ones,’’ Nwokolo said.
He called on regulatory bodies to promote collaboration in the industry and avoid clash of interests.