The organisers of Culturati have empowered 408 Nigerian youths in the areas of skill acquisition and other creative activities in celebration of the 12th edition of Culturati 2019.
The Chief Executive Officer, Culturati, Aregbe Idris, said the empowerment programme was inspired by the need to sustain the creative industry by identifying young and creative talents as well as equip them with the basic skill sets needed to help them attain financial independence.
He stated, “It is supported by the Bank of Industry, Motherland Beckons, La Campagne Tropicana, Indomie Noodles, Polystar, Lush Hair, natnudO, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos Fries and Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria.
“Sustaining the relevance of our priceless heritage is one of the founding inspirations of Culturati and our empowerment programmes are tailored to pass on knowledge from one generation to another as a measure to help youths attain financial independence while acquainting them with the African values.
“The empowerment programme is designed to help participants find footing in the creative industry. The 408 participants were trained by some of the finest and distinguished creative icons in the industry and I have no doubt that they will leverage on this rare opportunity to create something of value for themselves.”
Aregbe added that the initiative was also created to raise the bar of cultural appreciation, encourage SMEs in the creative industry, raise cultural ambassadors, award cultural icons and celebrate Africa’s cultural values through exciting and engaging programmes.
He, however, noted that the second phase of Culturati empowerment programme was scheduled to commence in July at the conclusion of this year’s cultural festival on June 30 at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.