FG Unveils $1m Venture Capital for Creative Industry

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and Lai Mohammed representing Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the unveiling of $1m venture capital for creative industry in Nigeria

The Federal government has unveiled a $1m venture capital for creative industry in Lagos on Monday.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday announced the establishment of one million-dollar Venture Capital to boost the Creative Industry.

The Minister made the announcement at the opening of the two-day Creative Industry Financing Conference holding in Lagos, saying 20 people, each investing $50,000, are expected to help make up the required amount.

He said so far, five people have volunteered to invest $50,000 each, and expressed the optimism that more investors will come forward.

Alhaji Mohammed said the $1-million Venture Capital would provide seed money for young and talented Nigerians to set up businesses in the Creative Industry.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Minister said the conference, which is being jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the Think Tank Media, was conceived with a view to taking the Creative Industry into a golden era of smooth access to short and long term financing.

”From my interactions with Industry stakeholders since assuming office, one issue has stuck out like a sore thumb: lack of access to financing is a major bane of the Industry. Instead of just lamenting over this, we have decided to tackle the problem headlong, hence the
decision to host this conference.

”I have no doubt that at the end of the series of events here, we will be able to come out with a way forward that will surely boost the Industry,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government is paying a great attention to the Creative Industry because of its capacity to create 1 million jobs in three years, boost the economy and allow the creative talents of the youths to blossom.