‘FirstBank Committed to Boost Economy through Creative Arts’

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Dr. Timothy Arowoogun, Group Head, Public Sector West of FirstBank of Nigeria (FBN), emphasized the potential of the creative arts to enhance Nigeria’s economy through promotion and exportation at the premiere of “Oke Langbodo,” a stage play at the Wole Soyinka Theatre, University of Ibadan. Arowoogun reaffirmed FirstBank’s commitment to supporting the creative arts, likening its significance to that of Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SMEs), a core focus area for the bank.

Arowoogun highlighted FirstBank’s alignment with creative arts across Nigeria and Africa, noting the bank’s belief in the sector’s potential for substantial economic impact. He stressed that bolstering SMEs and creative arts is essential for reducing Nigeria’s reliance on imports by promoting the export of goods and services, which could help stabilize the rising foreign exchange rates.

Otunba Ayodeji Osibogun, Chief Executive Director of Creazioni Network and Executive Producer of the play, praised FirstBank’s First@Arts initiative for its partnership in producing “Oke Langbodo.” He described the play, a Yoruba folklore adapted into various literary forms, as a metaphor for the resilience of the human spirit in overcoming adversity, thereby reflecting the significance of creative arts in cultural and economic development.

Source: THIS DAY

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