The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured the state’s creative arts practitioners of his administration’s unwavering commitment to the sector’s growth and has cited it as one of the key factors in the growth of Lagos’ tourism industry.
The governor stated that his administration had embraced every opportunity to support and encourage young and upcoming talented individuals to grow and obtain the exposure they would need to succeed at the 2022 Greater Lagos Art Exhibition, themed: “Art in and for Transformations,” held at the Harbour Point Event Centre, Victoria Island.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, stated that the E-Pillar of his administration’s THEMES agenda, which stands for Entertainment and Tourism, gives creative art a prominent place.
“After more than three years of the THEMES development agenda implementation, we have removed any remaining doubt about our commitment to fully exploit the entertainment sector’s largely untapped potential, notably the creative arts component,” he stated.
Governor Sanwo-Olu went on to remark that the exhibition was very informative and that it was important to use a variety of words and mediums to effectively communicate ideas, particularly those intended to alter public perceptions of social evils and their repercussions on society as a whole.
The governor stated that he believed the exhibition’s theme spoke to the strength of art as potent tools to propel and impact societal transformation through the message they conveyed.
In her remarks, the governor’s wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, said the occasion offered a chance to recognize the great contribution that artists make to society and to remind them of the need of using their talent to address some social evils.
She observed that art has demonstrated itself to be a potent tool that enables individuals to communicate with the outside world and gain a deeper understanding of their inner selves.
The First Lady of Lagos continued, “As opinion shapers and great influencers of thought, they should be deeply involved and commit themselves to supporting the current administration in eradicating the threat of gender-based violence in society using their artworks as a form of campaign against domestic and gender-based violence and other societal vices.”In her welcome speech, the commissioner for tourism, art, and culture, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile- Yussuf, stated that the exhibition was a component of the state government’s initiative to promote artists and their works in order to further develop the creative industry. She also stated that art, in all of its forms, is a good business that deserves all of the attention and funding that is directed at it.