Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the country is very proud of the arts and entertainment industry, where talented Nigerians continue to show and exceed world-class performance standards.
Osinbajo made the assertion on Friday at the presidential villa, while receiving the cast of Wakaa: The Musical.
Wakaa: The Musical is a play about the trials, successes, and experiences of six young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles and challenges of young Nigerians at home and abroad.
According to Osinbajo, the industry has indeed proved clearly that without anybody, even government coming to their aid, they can hold their own.
He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would lend its support in “whatever way we are able” to the industry.
Osinbajo, while recalling that he had seen some of the performances of the group, said, “it is absolutely amazing; extremely professional”.
He commended the works of Nigerian actors, artistes, and performers, especially in the creative industry, saying, “we don’t even need to compare ourselves.
“The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself, absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison of what our people are doing.”
Earlier, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said that the Wakaa Musical performance, which had been staged in several places including London, “is writing the name of Nigeria in gold, all over the world”.
The Wakaa cast was led by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the producer-director, and Bimbo Manuel, an actor.
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