Musicians and Actors in Lagos State on Tuesday stormed the Lagos State secretariat in large numbers to participate in the ongoing resident registration exercise, carried out by the Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA).
Among the actors were Juju music exponent, King Sunny Ade and a host of actors. They include Kate Henshaw, Prince Jide Kosoko, Saheed Balogun, Foluke Daramola, Adebayo Salami and Segun Arinze.
Others are the two chairmen of the Lagos State Actors Guild, Messrs. Don Pedro Aganbi and Victor Osuagwu, Abubakar Yakubu, Joke Silver, Toni Akposeri, Tunji Bamishigbin, Yemi Shodimu and Biodun Aremu among others.
Speaking at the occasion, General Manager, LASRRA, Ms. Yinka Fashola said that a total of 1.8 million residents of the state have been registered by the agency adding that the state embarked on the exercise to enable government to adequately and efficiently plan for the people of Lagos and allocate resources to meet their needs.
She said that musicians, actors, producers, editors and all those involved in any production play vital role in the development of Lagos State.
“Many studies show that economic prosperity and growth lies in the ability of a city to attract artistes to the urban core”, she said, stressing that the presence of artists attracts workers in other discipline.
“As a hub of actors and musicians, the computer industry, social media, visual arts, fashion etc, have followed the flow and creativeness of our actors and musicians to Lagos”, she said, adding that the development demands for facilities and resources that would enhance and improve the standard of living such as entertainment, cinemas, restaurants, night clubs and shopping mall.
According to her, cities that attracted large number of artistes experience economic growth since other industries have interest in their creative and innovative activities.
She explained that creativity and innovation leads to invention adding that a production group based in Lagos won laurels for Nigeria at the Olympics for staging a play adapted from one of the plays authored by William Shakespeare.