Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo Friday stated that Nigeria’s entertainment industry was in a class of its own and that the country was very proud of the industry, as talented Nigerians have continued to display their stellar artistic qualities on the global stage.
Osinbajo made these comments at the Presidential Villa when he received the cast of Wakaa: The Musical which is produced by BABS Productions, and is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of six young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles of young Nigerians at home and abroad.
According to the vice-president, the industry has proved that it can independently thrive, assuring that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration would provide“whatever way we are able” to the industry.
Osinbajo, while revealing that he had seen some of the performances of the group, said, “it is absolutely amazing; extremely professional”.
He praised the industry for what he viewed as unparalleled excellence, saying, “we don’t even need to compare ourselves.
“The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself, absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison of what our people are doing.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had earlier said that the Wakaa Musical performance, which had been staged in several places including London, “is writing the name of Nigeria in gold, all over the world”.
The Wakaa cast was led by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Producer and Director, and Bimbo Manuel, an actor.
Austen-Peters commended the vice-president for receiving the group at the Presidential Villa, noting that such a gesture at short notice was very encouraging, “it shows we are doing something”.
The crew also invited the vice-president as the Special Guest of Honour at a Command Performance of Wakaa on Oct. 2 during the grand finale of the 9th day performance of the musical in Abuja.
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