National
Youth urged to exploit culture sector
Publish Date: May 19, 2014
Youth urged to exploit culture sector
Rukia Nakadama, the minister of state for Gender and Cultural Affairs.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Vivian Agaba

THE youth should exploit business opportunities presented by culture to create wealth and alleviate unemployment, Rukia Nakadama, the minister of state for Gender and Cultural Affairs has said.

“Culture has the potential to create employment because it is rich in areas like digital animation, fashion, video games, film festivals, fork art, music, books, performing arts, cuisine, and crafts and architectural that has not been fully tapped,” said Nakadama.

Speaking during a press conference at Media Centre in Kampala, Nakadama said unemployment is still a challenge in Uganda and yet there are many employment opportunities in the culture sector that unemployed youth could take advantage of.

She was announcing activities to be undertaken in a run up to this year’s World Culture day slated for May 21. The occasion will be held under the theme: “Culture, Its role in development; bridging the gap.” The main celebrations shall be held at Jinja Secondary School.

Nakadama noted that this year’s theme was purposely selected because unemployment is still a challenge in Uganda. 

“But, if Ugandans, especially unemployed youth gave the culture sector more priority and participated in it vigorously, the unemployment vice could be alleviated,” she reiterated.

Nakadama pointed out that, in 2013, the ministry in conjunction with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics and the ministry of East African Community Affairs carried out a mapping study of the culture and creative industries in Uganda and proved that these industries were thriving.

They employ over 250, 000 people with the book and press industry accounting for the highest percentage of employment compared to other domains.

Workshops and debates aimed at enlightening the youth about the potential of culture to create employment will be held in Kampala at National Theatre, Nommo Gallery and in Jinja district respectively.

Nakadama also said she has invited Indians, Iranians, and Pakistanis to showcase their cultural products during the exhibitions so that the Ugandans can learn from them.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Besigye tormentor Arinaitwe splits with wife
Gilbert Arinaitwe Bwana, a senior police officer who infamously tortured former FDC president Kizza Besigye during a violent arrest, has split with his wife in a flurry of counter accusations of adultery....
Mbabazi chief guest at Tinkasiimire
Former PM Amama Mbabazi was the chief guest at the wedding of Barnabas Tinkasimire in Kibaale district....
Kayihura camps in Mbale after Muslim cleric killing
The Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura traveled to Mbale following the brutal killing of a Muslim leader, Sheikh Rashid Wafula....
Karamoja pupils dodge classes, go swimming
As the teachers strike continued across the country, pupils at Lomukura Primary School in Kotido, northern Karamoja decided to go swimming....
Youth form regional alliance of young entrepreneurs
To drive business and create employment opportunities, youth entrepreneurship organisations from six east African Commonwealth countries have agreed to join forces and form a regional alliance....
State attorney bribery trial starts June 24
The bribery trial of the embattled Resident State Attorney (RSA) of Mubende, Patrick Obbo, starts on June 24....
Should politicians be banned from addressing religious gatherings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter