By Taiye Olayemi
The State chapter of the Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria (CDGN) in collaboration with the Lagos State Government, will host the maiden edition of Creative and Cultural Exhibition on June 10.
Mrs Joy Osawaru-Akinyemi, Chairman, CDGN, at a news conference on Thursday in Lagos, said that the essence of the exhibition was to familiarise the children and youths with the nation’s culture.
“We observed that certain aspects of our culture are no longer practiced by the younger generation.
“So, as a guild with the combination of costume designers, makeup artistes, hair artistes, props managers and location set designers, we will be enlightening our youths on certain aspects of our culture.
“Our desire as CGDN is also to set culture as a tool in re-engineering our film industry and selling our nation to the world.
“This exhibition will feature our creative design skills, as we represent our cultural diversity with each state chapter from 16 states making a display of what is authentic to their states.
“For us as creative members of a legitimate enterprise, we believe one way to rejig our economy and build a better society is to come to terms with the role of culture as the creative capital that can be used to add economic value to the society,” she said.
Osawaru-Akinyemi commended the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for its cooperation in hosting the maiden edition of the programme.
Also, Mr Leo Omosebi, the Event Director, said that the theme of the programme would be: “Exploring Cultural Creativity Through Entrepreneurship”.
Omosebi said that the guild would take opportunity of the exhibition to educate Nigerian youths on the available entrepreneurship skills they could embrace for financial independence.
According to him, there will also be a discussion panel where issues of topical interest will be deliberated, with particular emphasis on how the youths can be productively engaged in the audio-visual industry.
“We want the youths to know that there are aspects of the process of movie production that they can embrace to be creative and responsible.
“The exhibition will hold at the Citiheights Luxurious Hotel in Ikeja. We call on the youths to make it a date with us,” he said.
Mr Innocent Abah, a makeup artist, said that costumes of different tribes would be on display during the exhibition as well as display of some makeup appearances.(NAN) (nannews.ng)