Cape Verde seeks Nigeria’s support in creative industry

The Cape Verde Government has solicited the support of Nigeria in the development of its music, films and other areas of creative industry.
Mr Abraao Vincente, The Cape Verde Minister of Culture and Creative Industry made the request during a bilateral talk with Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture.
Our correspondent reports the meeting which held on Monday in Praia,  the Cape Verde Capital, is on the sideline of the  64th Conference of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) – Commission for Africa
Our correspondent reports the conference and the  second edition of UNWTO Global Tourism Investment Forum took place in Sal, one of the 13 islands that make up the  archipelago and island country in the central Atlantic Ocean.
Vincente said with the global recognition and acceptance of Nigerian music and films, his country yearned to collaborate  and get support to improve  on the sector.
“Right now the Nigerian musicians are making waves internationally and are known globally .
“Music and tourism are equally  our strong points and we  can collaborate in these areas to learn a lot from Nigeria,” he said.
Vincente said the collaboration had started at the private sector level but it would be better driven when it is concretised through bilateral agreement.
He recalled that a Nigerian ace producer, Kunle Afolayan, was in Cape Verde to shoot some films and he was warmly accepted by the authority.
He also recalled the feat of a Nigerian Architect, Prof. Kunle Adeyemi,  who designed a floating music hub on a bay of the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Verde.
Our correspondent reports that the floating music hub in Cape Verde recently inaugurated and opened to the public was designed by the Architect using the Makoko Floating School Concept  in Lagos built in 2012.
The floating hub which has been one of the West African region’s most revered cultural projects, created pavilions that float off the shire in Mindelo on the Island of Sao Vincente.
Vincente described Adeyemi, who was also at the event as a “Cape Verdean with Nigerian blood and a true African”.
“Everything in Africa is designed to make us collaborate with the European more and this is not the way to go.
“The two Kunles (Afolayan and Adeyemi) are good examples of how Africa countries should collaborate.
“We are always proud to introduce the floating music hub as being designed by an African, a Nigerian and this is about talking positive about Africa.
“African countries. must learn to collaborate among themselves to make the continent great,” he said.
Vincente proposed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Nigeria and Cape Verde to improve collaboration and encourage exchange programmes which was accepted by both parties.
Earlier, Mohammed  said while there were different unexplored tourist sites in Nigeria, the greatest strength of the country  was  in music, film, television, architecture and the entire gamut of creative industry.
He said that Nigeria welcomed collaboration with Cape Verde in the area of creative industry, adding that both Afolayan and Adeyemi, were good ambassadors of Nigeria who had set the pace for the cooperation.
To make the cooperation more effective, Mohammed said he had earlier discussed with the Cape Verde Minister of Tourism and Transport on the need to renew the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between both countries.
He said the BASA which allows for a direct flight from Lagos to Sal Island, Cape Verde would ease the challenge of connectivity currently being faced by investors and travellers.
The minister said it took him and his entourage three days to arrive in Sal from Lagos and it will take them another three days to return to Nigeria because of poor connectivity.
“We understand it was the COVID-19 pandemic that slow down the implementation of the agreement.
“We want a regular flight  between the two countries to encourage growth in the economy,” he said.
Our correspondent reports that the meeting was attended by Mr John Usanga, the Nigerian Ambassador to  Guinea Bissau with concurrent accreditation to Cape Verde and Mr Segun Adeyemi, Special Adviser to the Minister.

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