Stakeholders seeks govt policies to develop Bayelsa’s creative industry

Stakeholders in Bayelsa’s creative industry have called for appropriate government policies to ensure the development of the industry in Bayelsa State.

The stakeholders spoke at the maiden edition of the Sylvester Sede’s Symposium with the theme: Creative Innovation and Sustainability: A Glimpse into Bayelsa’s Future held at the DSP Alamieyeseigha Memorial Banquet Hall, Yenagoa.

Speaking at the first panel session on the topic “Harnessing the untapped potential of Bayelsa”, the panellists which included Harry Porbeni, Boma Mac-Ake, Emma Eco and Theresa Ebi Tobuyei, were unanimous in their submissions that the creative potentials in Bayelsa State are yet to be tapped.

Probeni in his remarks called for what he called Bayelsa consciousness which would ensure Bayelsans appreciate the Bayelsa Brand and protect the brand with a positive narrative.

He decried the incessant highlighting of negative trends, which puts the state in a bad light and discourages investments.

Mac-Ake who used a personal experience contended that location is not a barrier to nurture creativity to the zenith, especially with the aid of technology.

Also speaking Tobuyei, noted that being a writer she has been commended because of the originality of her works which focuses on Bayelsa.

The stakeholders argued that the right policies by the government would encourage creative Bayelsans to excel.

The second panel with the topic: Harmonizing Creative Innovations and Sustainable Policies in Bayelsa’s Landscape called for collective concerted efforts to achieve success.

Some of the panelists, Mr Borutolu Augustine and Zigha Ayebakuro said those with creative ability would need to move from being just talented to being viable so that they can attract the needed investment to grow.

A former speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Tonye Isena, pointed out that most of those in the creative industry are frustrated and are starved of funds, and urged industry players to prioritise their needs by asking for needed investment.

He was in tandem with other stakeholders that government policies are germane in proving the right business environment to make creativity thrive.

Nollywood actor, Walter Anga implored stakeholders in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region to downplay the sense of entitlement and focus on collective efforts to build the industry.

The convener, Slyvester Dede said the symposium was organised to explore the intersection of creativity, innovation and sustainability for a Bayelsa with a brighter future.

Sede who noted that he recognises the pivotal role, creativity and innovation play in driving progress and fostering sustainable development in communities said the symposium offers the opportunity to engage in insightful discussions, exchange ideas and showcase innovative solutions that have the potential to shape the future of Bayelsa State.



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