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Tourism Ministry set for 2013 Creativity Week

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation said that it has concluded arrangements for its 2013 Creativity Week scheduled for April 15 to April 18.

Mr Taiwo Oladokun, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister, told Newsmen that the event would hold in Abuja with the theme: “Creativity: A Vessel for Mind Development and Peace-Building.”

He said that the four-day event was organized by the ministry and its parastatals in collaboration with the Ministry of Information.

Others are the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigerian Film Corporation, Nigerian Copyright Commission and the National Film and Video Censors Board.

According to him, the event is also in line with the Creative Africa Initiative Programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Oladokun added that the event would feature exhibition of creative works, film shows and motivational talks on creativity by Nike Okundaye, Dare Art Alade and Nollywood’s Francis Duru.

 “There will also be performances and exhibition by secondary school students and guided tours of Arts and Craft Village.

“The NYSC cultural troupe will also perform at the event,”

Oladokun said that the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, was among those expected to present papers at the event.

The creative industries were introduced into the international economic and development agenda as a new and dynamic sector in world trade in Brazil in 2004.

Subsequently, the Creative Africa Initiative was launched in 2008 as a development strategy for promoting government and private sector interest in the development of creative economy in Africa.

The Nigerian chapter of Creative Africa Initiative was launched in November 2008 to create awareness on the vital role the creative industries play in the economic development of the country.

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