Bolaji Haruna, an artiste, on Saturday, has appealed to the federal government to help artistes access the Creative Industry Finance Initiative (CIFI).
Haruna, popularly known as “Maturedmind,” told YGIST that the funds established by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), though laudable, was not easily accessed and as such not effective.
He said the funds, if accessed, could give the creative and entertainment industry a boost.
YGIST reports that the CIFI is a loan scheme developed by the CBN to provide access to long-term and low-interest financing for entrepreneurs in the creative industry.
‘’To be honest, the most challenging part is funds as we have a lot of exceptional upcoming artistes but there is very little they can achieve in our society due to paucity of funds.
‘’In fact without funds your dream of becoming an artiste is dead on arrival, because everything revolves around funds.
“Ranging from booking a studio, recruiting a producer, recruiting a manager, promoting your songs through electronic and print channels to getting slots for shows and others.
‘’I think the government needs to do more in subsidising the entertainment industry because if such subsidy is in place, it will enable artistes do all listed above,” he said.
According to him, with more funds Nigerian artistes will be celebrated more than they are presently because talents abound in the country.
Haruan, however, pleaded that all entrepreneurs in the creative industry should be given equal access to the CIFI by the CBN.
YGIST also reports that Haruan has an album titled “Destined for the Top,” and is currently promoting his single titled, “One more Night.”