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April 17, 2024

FG reaffirms commitment to global creative economy at Venice Biennale

FG reaffirms commitment to global creative economy at Venice Biennale

The Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its dedication to promoting a thriving global creative economy through arts and culture.

This commitment was expressed by the Minister of Art, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa, at the opening of the Nigeria Pavilion at the Rio Terà Canal in Venice on Tuesday.

Her words, “We must be creative in our approach to facilitating investment in arts and culture.  We are committed to working with private sector institutions and foundations such as MOWAA, and we see the Nigeria Imaginary as a shining example of what can be achieved by such partnerships.  
 
“This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration with MOWAA and we look forward to more successes, including the home-coming of this exhibition when it comes to the MOWAA Creative Campus in Nigeria.

“Together, we are showcasing the vibrancy, diversity, and talent of Nigeria to the world, reinforcing our commitment to fostering a thriving creative economy that resonates globally”.

The Minister also applauded the eight artists who are representing Nigeria at the Venice Biennale, for their ambassadorial roles in showcasing the nation culturally.

“Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Ndidi Dike, Onyeka Igwe, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Abraham Oghobase, Precious Okoyomon, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, and Fatimah Tuggar have truly embodied their roles as cultural ambassadors. Their ambitious and thought-provoking works engage with themes of identity, democracy, migration, history, and heritage, offering fresh perspectives on our country through their unique lenses”.
 
Musawa also acknowledged Ms Aindrea Emelife, the curator of the Nigeria Pavilion, for her vision in bringing the world to see Nigeria through its cultural exhibition.

“We seek to empower young passionate storytellers and feel the theme ‘Nigeria Imaginary’ is precisely what the world needs to see from Nigeria.  More than a display of artistic achievement, the Nigeria Pavilion represents a collaborative effort that transcends geographical and governmental boundaries, celebrating the voices of both our homegrown and diaspora artists.

“This is why the Ministry is dedicated to fostering environments that celebrate and nurture artistic excellence, ensuring that such exhibitions inspire our emerging talents and honor our established artists, ensuring that the arts remain at the forefront of our national agenda.
 
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved here today and on behalf of His Excellency, Mr. President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Nigerian government, and its people, I extend our collective gratitude to all stakeholders and participants”.
 
Nigeria’s participation in the Venice Biennale marks its second appearance at the prestigious global event. Among the Nigerian dignitaries present at the opening were Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, Nobel Prize Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, Curator Aindrea Emelife, and Phillip Ihenacho, Director of the Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) Trust.

The 60th edition of the Venice Biennale celebrates creativity and cultural exchange with artists, curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts from around the world in attendance.

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