In an interview w ith Nigerian legendary music personality popularly known as paul play I.K daro at his Abuja residence by the talkabuja news crew in a quest to get his view on the Nigerian music sector and the creative industry at large. The legendary act expressed his worries that the upcoming and already existing artistes have had several major challenges accessing various Grants or proposed loans by government bodies. He further explained that there need to be more awareness on assessing the various funding opportunities by the CBN,BOI,NEXIM BANK ETC for the music industry.
The music icon also said he fears that the initiative started by the central bank of Nigeria CBN, to uplift and give opportunities to developing talents has not captured the music industry in any way, therefore calling on the consultants on the said grant scheme to re-visit the structure as designed by the central bank.
He also questioned on the reason why the said Grant’s are not being in public domain but to a few as he advised the CBN can work with various advocacy platforms like the talk initiative’ to reach these talented youths since the talk Abuja is a platform to reach well known entertainers/talents in the creative space to allow us build a strong relationship of trust on developing the young ones with vision.
The music industry which has contributed to the economic growth of our GDP has no structure but yet still contributes to the economy.Now as an old timer and a living legend he said from a point of authority that he is willing to spare head the campaign and seek that the said grant should be revisited and its criterials for applying for the loans show be easy and accessible using business plans in any given industry of choice .
For the The talkabuja initiative which remains one of the strongest platform used for advocacy in development has a data base of creative talents from Music, comedy, dance, fashion, movies, literature authors, etc in Abuja, and also work with the data base using our talk initiative’ in all the states of the federation.
The legendary Paul play ended this interview with a calls for collaborations with in all sectors to support the music industry in demanding for their own fair share of the CBN Grants.
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