Photo Exhibition By Buhari’s Daughter A Game Changer – Minister

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    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as a ‘game changer’ the ongoing photo exhibition in Abuja by a daughter of the President, Hanan Buhari, saying her uncommon passion for photography will encourage more young people to showcase their creativity.

    “This exhibition is a game changer. A game changer in the sense that
    it is going to change the perception of our people towards the
    Creative Industry. I am using the word Creative Industry in a very
    elastic manner to include film, music, photography, interior
    decoration, architecture and publishing. The truth of the matter is
    that this is the future of Nigeria,” the Minister said at the opening
    of the exhibition, tagged ”INNOVATION BY HANAN”.

    ”In my generation, our parents wanted us to be lawyers, doctors,
    engineers and accountants. It was very unusual in those days to see a
    parent that will encourage his son or daughter to take to the Creative
    Industry,” he said, adding: ”This is no longer the case. Regardless
    of background, gender, or education, the new and next generation are
    totally consumed by this Creative sector.”

    According to a statement signed by his SA Segun Adeyemi, Alhaji Mohammed said the work of Hanan would change the perception of
    people towards the Creative Industry, which is no longer for drop-outs
    and the less-privileged in the society, but a sector for the highly
    talented.

    “What we are witnessing today is an endorsement from the highest
    quarter that the Creative Industry is that area of our economy, which
    we have not really paid enough attention to,” he said.

    The Minister said the present administration has demonstrated beyond
    doubt that it is committed to moving the Creative Industry from the
    back burner to the front burner of the economy through various
    initiatives, including the granting of pioneer status to the sector,
    capacity building, and exploring creative approach to funding.

    He said the government’s target is to ensure that the Creative
    Industry contributes about 5% to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in
    the next few years, from its present contribution of 1.34%.

    In her remarks, Hanan said she is inspired by her passion to show the
    world another side of Nigeria through unique photographs.

    She encouraged the youths to always carry their parents along on
    issues bothering on their passion and career path in order to enable
    them excel in their chosen profession.

    “You should always stand for yourself and let your parents know what
    you want to do,” she said.

    The Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari; Director Generals of
    the National Tourism Development Board (Mr. Folarin Coker) and the
    National Gallery of Arts (Mallam Abdullahi Muku); the Managing
    Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Onanuga; ace
    photographer T.Y. Bello and some members of the diplomatic corps also
    witnessed the opening of the exhibition.

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