Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, has described as a ‘game changer’ the ongoing photo exhibition in Abuja by a daughter of the president, Hanan Buhari.
Her uncommon passion for photography, he said at the opening of the exhibition, tagged ”Innovation by Hanan”, would encourage more young people to showcase their creativity.
“This exhibition is a game changer. A game changer in the sense that it is going to change the perception of our people towards the creative industry,” Mohammed said.
He described the creative industry comprising film, music, photography, interior decoration, architecture and publishing as the future of Nigeria.
He added: ”In my generation, our parents wanted us to be lawyers, doctors, engineers and accountants. It was very unusual in those days to see a parent that will encourage his son or daughter to take to the creative industry.
”This is no longer the case. Regardless of background, gender, or education, the new and next generation are totally consumed by this creative sector.”
The minister said the work of Hanan would change the perception of people towards the industry, which is no longer for drop outs and the less-privileged in the society, but a sector for the highly talented.
“What we are witnessing today is an endorsement from the highest quarter that the creative industry is that area of our economy, which we have not really paid enough attention to,” he said.