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Within the one year of being in existence, no fewer than 28,000 creative industry practitioners scattered across the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State have been captured in the data base in the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s office of Creative Arts.

This was disclosed by his Special Assistant Creative Arts,  Hajiya Halima Idris disclosed this during an interactive session with journalists at her office located within the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House Complex, Kaduna.

She explained that those that have been captured, are being positively engaged whenever the need arises and are been exposed to big opportunities as they come up.
“If there is an event in Zaria for instance, we do not need to start getting creative people from Kaduna to feature there. Likewise if there is one in Kafanchan, we tap into our data base and hook up with those within the area to take charge.
“On a larger scale, when something is coming up in Kaduna, we may not need to ‘import’ talents from elsewhere to make it big, since we now know who is who and who is suitable for what,” she emphasized.
Hajiya Halima praised Governor el-Rufai for taking a big leap into the future by being the first in the country to create and dedicate an office to creative arts.
She said that the industry has different fields of creative activities such as fashion and design, music, script writers and a lot more.

The Special Assistant said that what they look out for when scouting talents is originality, not people that copy other people’s works.

“Creative industry is big so we want to get people who will promote the African heritage, promote what our forefathers left here.”

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