CREATIVE INDUSTRY: LASG ASKS TALENTED YOUTHS TO EMBRACE STATE’S INITIATIVES The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has urged youths with creative ideas to embrace initiatives and opportunities provided by the ministry to develop and promote their ideas . Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Adenike Ajayi, made the appeal during a runway fashion show organised by Prostreetsnooker in collaboration with the ministry on Tuesday in Ikeja, Lagos. Gistongist reports that Prostreetsnooker is a sport, music and fashion-oriented brand. According to her, the ministry wanted to encourage the youths not to be lazy but to harness some of the various initiatives the government had put in place in the entertainment industry, the film and video sector. Ajayi said the ministry would continue to provide opportunities for young entrepreneurs to excel especially in tourism, arts and culture. “The government is in the business of creating an enabling enviroment for people to thrive and showcase their talents. “It is also our duty to ensure that talented youths have an enabling environment for them to thrive, that is why we are giving them this platform. “l advise youths to come out and tap into some of the value chain empowerment programmes that have to do with creative arts the ministry is involved in,” Ajayi said. On his part, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture,Tunji Saymour, said there was need for talented youths to come out with their different creative ideas, pointing out that, the government would support and encourage them. The organiser and Chief Executive Officer of Prostreersnooker, Yemi Ogunleye said the event which featured 10 fashion houses, is aimed at promoting creativity and entrepreneurship among young Nigerians. He however urged youths not to limit themselves, and be determined to explore and exploit various opportunities in the country. “This is the maiden edition and we are here with the support of Lagos State government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to promote and showcase upcoming and ready made brands to the global market. “It is a platform were both upcoming and established designers come together to share knowledge and creativity. “We are trying to sell Nigeria and African products to the global world, so people can get to see that we have quality clothes in Nigeria. “This is also a way of encouraging Nigerians to grow the economy by patronising made-in-Nigeria products,” Ogunleye said. Kolawole Yusuf, President, Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), said the event was targeted at upcoming designers. Yusuf noted that the fashion industry was growing irrespective of the economic challenges in the country, although not at a fantastic pace. He urged the government to support the sector and make it a thriving business in Africa and globally