Ambode: Every higher institution in Lagos will get copies of ‘Ladies Calling the Shots’

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, says every higher institution in the state will get a copy of ‘Ladies Calling the Shots’, a book authored by Niran Adedokun, a lawyer.

Ambode said this at the launch of the book which took place at the Nigerian Institue of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday.

He was represented by Steve Ayorinde, the state’s  commissioner for information and strategy.

“The governor has promised to support the author’s effort by making sure that every higher institution in Lagos state has a copy of the book and that the support will be sufficient enough to allow him to do a sequel to the book,” he said.

Ayorinde said the governor knows the worth of the creative industry and had been doing a lot to support the sector.

“Our salvation as a nation, as a society, as a smart state will be in the creative economy,” he quoted the governor as saying.

“The support given by Lagos state to the creative industry is deliberate. Our hope does not lie in agriculture, or on oil and gas.

“This is the reason why his excellency the governor, is doing his best… to support the motion picture industry, the music industry and the visual arts industry, as well as those like Niran (Adedokun) who are assisting to document the giant strides and development recorded in that industry.”

Adedokun, while giving voice to the inspiration behind the gender specification his book, said that creative industry is the future of Nigeria.

“After seeing a couple of great films in the last three to four years, I noticed that the women are doing extraordinary things, he said.

“Women are doing extraordinary things in Nollywood.”

“I felt it would be nice to sort of bring to light the impact of filmmakers in contributing to the development of the movie industry in Nigeria.

“Also, I totally agree with Mr. Ayorinde that the redemption of Nigeria, not only Lagos state, is looking at our creative industry.

“Countries that want to make progress are looking into knowledge- these are inexhaustible because they are inherent in humans.”