The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and African Music Festival (AMFEST) are set to partner on creative economy development in the Southwest. This was disclosed at a press conference organized by AMFEST in conjunction with DAWN Commission.
The press conference was held at the office of DAWN Commission in Ibadan at the weekend. The Director General of DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye said the conference was organised to receive reports from AMFEST EXPO project, “one of our partners on the development of creative industries in the region.” He said “the AMFEST EXPO was held in Lagos and Oyo with six countries represented which are Nigeria, United States of America, England, Ghana, Malawi and Benin Republic.”
According to Oyeleye, DAWN is cognizant of the fact that the collaborative efforts of the states to increase the economic viability of the Southwest can be actualized by creating enabling structures and support systems to optimize music and film industry, theatre, cultural festivals, food, tourism, photography and other cultural productions.
He added that the “sector can employ millions of youth if properly coordinated and these are one of the things that AMFEST through what Mr. Kayode Adebayo has been able to put together. We are hoping that it will serve as a template to organize that sector properly and harness the potential.”