The governor of Edo State has pledged opportunities for young people in the creative industry, with the construction of the Edo Film and Television Village set to begin soon.
Speaking on April 21 to mark the UN’s annual World Creativity and Innovation Day, Godwin Obaseki said: “The state government is assuring of its commitment to the Edo Film and Television Village, an initiative to exploit the creative energies of our youths and give them the opportunity to create wealth through their talent.”
Obaseki added that structures were being put in place in the state to exploit the economic benefits of Nigeria’s creative industry, and that construction of the village site would commence shortly.
“We have a rich cultural heritage in Edo and our film and TV village will provide opportunity for our youth to tell our stories to the world, helping to preserve our culture and also contributing to our economic diversification plans,” he said.
In addition, talent in film, television and other audiovisual products, the performing arts, new media and publishing will be tapped into to enhance the state’s GDP, Obaseki said.
Godwin Obaseki, governor of Nigeria’s Edo state, has announced plans to set up a 30-hectare TV village in Okhoro, an area of state capital Benin City.
Revealing the project at his administration’s second anniversary celebrations in Benin, Obaseki said the village would attract great investment from the Nollywood industry.
The governor also revealed that the state’s 2019 budget would allocated N250m to create jobs for young people and to elevate the country’s creative industry.
“We have been trying to fix roads, healthcare and education sectors over the past two years,” Obaseki said. “We want to build an entertainment hub. We have a 30-hectare premises in the Okhoro axis of the state for this purpose and it will have investments from Nollywood.
“We want to give youths jobs and entertainment. There is hope for talented youths because we have artists from the state who are succeeding and making waves in the entertainment industry.”
Obaseki added that power supply would not be a problem for the TV village: “Electricity has been our problem and we are solving it. We will have our own electricity company in Edo before the celebration of my administration’s third year anniversary.”