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
“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.