Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade Brings New Life To Cross River State Creative Economy
The Governor of Cross River State, Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade has given new life to the Cross River State Creative Economy As hundreds of poets, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, and painters have been inspired to unleash their creativity in the Linda Ayade Literary Art, Afi Ekong Visual Art, Benedict Ayade Film and Nico Mbarga Music Competitions.
The Competitions are organized by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Cross River State on Creative and Knowledge-Economy, Hon. Emmanuel Etim.
The objectives of the Competitions is to give young Cross Riverians the platform to unleash their creativity and reward this creativity for growth and development.
The competitions which submission of entries opened on 5th of October, 2019 and closed on 14th of November, 2019, including the Linda Ayade Literary Art, Afi Ekong Visual Art, Benedict Ayade Film and Nico Mbarga Music Competitions.
The next stage of the competition is the social media voting which will commence soon.
Scores of entries were received in the various categories including Poetry and Prose for the Linda Ayade Literary Art Competition, Photography and Painting for the Afi Ekong Visual Art Competition, Short film and Documentary for the Benedict Ayade Film Competition and Afro-Soul/Reggae and Afro Hip Hop for the Nico Mbarga Music Competition.
Winners are expected to emerge at the end of the Competitions with each winner taking home a thousand pounds to be invested in further improving his area of focus and capacity.
The prizes will be presented in a special ceremony to be held in the state.
The initiative is expected to have a multiplier effect in the creative economy in the state, create jobs as well as wealth.
Many stakeholders in the Creative Economy in Cross River State are full of praises for His Excellency Sen. Prof. Benedict Ayade for developing the creative economy of the state.
According to a stakeholder in the sector, Gab Egbe-Yonwuren “I think other states should emulate Gov, Ayade of Cross Rivers State and launch similar Creative Economy in their States so as to help to promote, publish and boost the creative talents of thousands of Nigerians who do not have the money and means to get their creative works to come into reality for the benefit of mankind..”
He added “After that the Federal Government should follow suit to launch its own National Creative Economy Awards in which prizes can be won in Poetry, Drama, Prose, Children Literature, Movie, Arts & Designs. Prizes could be in the region of at least Thirty Million Naira for the best entry in each of these genres.
He concluded: “There are several advantages in this initiative.
The winning amount would be used by the winner to establish his office and purchase some of his creative tools or equipment.
The creative artiste could employ a few people to help him carry out the producing of more of his creative works thereby helping to solve unemployment.
Other related businesses like the printers, artists, Bookstores and individual professionals like Makeup Artists, Caterers, Fashion Designers, Set Designers, Movie and Book editors will have jobs to do as well as creating new job opportunities for all those who have the skill and training to go into these professions. “
Indeed, Creative Economy is the key to turning around Cross River State And Nigeria’s economy.
We thank His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade for choosing to grow the Cross River State Creative Economy.
We also thank Her Excellency, Dr Mrs Linda Ayade for her unwavering support for the initiatives.
The project is the brainchild of Hon. Emmanuel Etim who is Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Creative And Knowledge Economy.