The Agege Local Government in Lagos State is to build an artistes’ village to engage more upcoming artistes to showcase their talents.
The Chairman, Mr Ganiyu Egunjobi, made the disclosure at the Music Village event of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) at the Agege Stadium.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the three-day AFRIMA, which started on Thursday, was the sixth edition.
Egunjobi said that the council was also planning establishment of a full practical artistes academy within the council area.
He said that the aim was to give professional an budding artistes in the area a sense of pride.
The chairman said that establishment of an artistes’ village in Agege would create spaces for popular artistes in the community to mentor upcoming ones as well as enable budding artistes to develop their potential.
Egunjobi lauded the organisers of the 2019 AFRIMA for bringing the sixth edition of the Music Village to the local government area.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that AFRIMA Music Village took place at Agege Stadium on Thursday night with a 12-hour music festival.
The programme featured live performances from various “A-list” and upcoming artistes.
Egunjobi said that the concert was an opportunity to discover more talented youths.
According to him, concerts motivate youths to showcase their talents and desire to be self-reliant.
“Bringing this big African event to our community is an opportunity we have been waiting for.
“We have the plan of establishing a full practical artistes’ school which will accommodate as many youths as possible in the community to showcase their different talents.
“Many musicians start their musical careers on the streets; so, for the upcoming ones not to kill their talents as a result of lack of opportunities, we are establishing the school where various talents can be discovered,” he said.
According to him, the academy would have dancing, comedy, drama and singing categories.
“Many of the so-called street boys and girls are talented; the only challenge facing them is an avenue to showcase the talents.
“That is why we want to move them away from the streets, engage and give them opportunities to showcase their diverse talents in dancing, singing and comedy.
“Entertainment is a fast-growing industry that can accommodate as many talented youths as possible in their various fields,” he added.
Ademola Ojugbele, an upcoming artiste and one of the performing artistes at the concert, hailed the event, saying it would encourage upcoming artistes to work harder.
“It is good to encourage musicians.
“This is a very big award; I hope I get nominated and get an award next year.
“I just dropped a single called “Omalicha”, and any first single, “London Gyal” is still trending in the market,” he said.
NAN reports that the main event of the 2019 AFRIMA comes up on Saturday (Nov. 23) at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos State.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Ijeoma Popoola