Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is very proud of its arts and entertainment industry, where talented Nigerians continue to show world-class standards.
Osinbajo while receiving the cast of Wakaa: The Musical on Friday at the Presidential Villa noted that the industry had indeed proven clearly that “without anybody, even government coming to their aid, they can hold their own.”
But he also added that the Buhari administration would lend its support in “whatever way we are able.”
Recalling that he had seen some of the performances of the group, the vice president noted that “it’s absolutely amazing, extremely professional.”
Commending the work of Nigerian actors, artists and performance especially in the creative industry, he said: “We don’t even need to compare ourselves. The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself. Absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison to what our people are doing.”
Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who was also at the meeting said the Wakaa Musical performance which had been staged in several places including London, “is writing the name of Nigeria in gold, all over the world.”
The Wakaa cast was led by Bolanle Austen-Peters, Producer and Director and Bimbo Manuel, an actor.
Austen-Peters commended the vice president for receiving the group at the Presidential Villa, noting that such a gesture at short notice was very encouraging, “it shows we are doing something.”
Vice President Osinbajo has been invited as Special Guest of Honour at a Command Performance of Wakaa on October 2, 2017, during the grand finale of the 9-day performance of the musical in Abuja.
Wakaa: The Musical is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of 6 young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles and challenges of young Nigerians at home and abroad.
It is a BAPS Productions.