In Nigeria, the United States’ cultural affairs representative, Ms Julie Mckay, has assured the creative industry of her nation’s support for the Film sector’s expansion.
Mckay made the assurance in Jos while touring cultural sites, museums, and the National Film Institute (NFI) and inspecting facilities at the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC).
Mckay reaffirmed her nation’s resolve to work with the Film Corporation to promote young development after meeting with the NFC earlier this year in Abuja and Jos.
“Since we spoke, we have already brought U.S. filmmakers to Nigeria, and they are in Lagos now and will be in Abuja next week. So we agree that more interaction between the United States and Nigeria film industries is mutually beneficial, so we are certainly looking to do that.”
“Building creative industries, helping Nigeria build their creative industries is one of our priorities, and so we look forward to working with you on that.”
“One of our main priorities is opportunities for youth, and so we have many opportunities for young people, a lot for entrepreneurship.”
“We will be opening an opportunity for the academy for women entrepreneurs, and they could be filmmakers; there are a lot of opportunities, and the U.S. wants to be strong partners with Nigeria in this area,” she said.