This move aims to invigorate Nigeria’s cultural and creative sectors, leveraging the diverse talents and experiences of these prominent individuals.
By Emmanuel Okoro
Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has appointed a cadre of influential figures, including music industry luminary, Obi Asika and Kannywood star, Ali Nuhu, and nine others to spearhead key agencies within the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy. This move aims to invigorate Nigeria’s cultural and creative sectors, leveraging the diverse talents and experiences of these prominent individuals.
Asika, celebrated for his pivotal role in shaping Nigeria’s music landscape, assumes the role of Director-General at the National Council for Arts and Culture. As the founder and CEO of Storm 360, an indigenous music label, Asika has been a driving force behind the success of numerous Nigerian entertainers. Notable artistes such as Naeto C, Ikechukwu, Sasha P, General Pype, L.O.S., Ms Jaie, Tosin Martins, and Yung6ix have flourished under Storm 360’s banner.
Asika is a founding partner of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications firm with a global footprint in London, Lagos, and Accra. As a key architect in laying the infrastructure for the media and entertainment industry’s growth, Asika’s multifaceted expertise positions him as a transformative force in Nigeria’s cultural landscape. He is also the co-founder of Social Media Week Lagos, showcasing his commitment to the intersection of culture and technology.
Nuhu, a revered figure in Nigeria’s Kannywood film industry, steps into the role of Managing Director at the Nigerian Film Corporation. Renowned as an actor, producer, and director, Nuhu has left an indelible mark on Kannywood with his versatility and dedication to the craft. His extensive contributions to the Nigerian film industry make him a fitting choice to lead the Nigerian Film Corporation.
In addition to Asika and Nuhu, other distinguished appointees include Aisha Adamu Augie, an award-winning Nigerian photographer and filmmaker. Her exceptional contributions to the creative industry have earned her accolades such as the Sisterhood Award for Photographer of the Year in 2014 and the Creative Artist of the Year at The Future Awards in 2011. Recognised for her outstanding work, Augie brings a unique perspective to her role as the Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture.
President Tinubu, in announcing these appointments, has urged the appointees to approach their roles with the highest standards of professionalism, diligence, and patriotism. As such, this development underscores the President’s commitment to seeing the creative sector flourish and contribute significantly to national development.
The full list of appointees are:
Tola Akerele — Director-General, National Theatre.
Dr Shaibu Husseini — Director-General, National Films and Censors Board.
Mr Obi Asika — Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture.
Aisha Adamu Augie — Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture.
Ekpolador-Ebi Koinyan — Chief Conservator, National War Museum.
Ahmed Sodangi — Director-General, National Gallery of Art.
Chaliya Shagaya — Director-General, National Institute of Archaeology and Museums Studies.
Hajiya Khaltume Bulama Gana — Artistic Director, National Troupe of Nigeria.
Otunba Biodun Ajiboye — Director-General, National Institute for Cultural Orientation.
Ali Nuhu — Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation.
Ramatu Abonbo Mohammed — Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments.