AfDB, Others Funding Scheme For Nigeria’s Digital, Creative Sectors

By Clement Alphonsus
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Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and other partners set to unveil the Investment in Digital and Creative Enterprises (i-DICE) Programme in Abuja today.

The initiative, which is aimed at attracting core funding to Nigeria’s digital and creative industries, is co-financed by AfDB, the Islamic Development Bank and Agence Française de Development with the Bank of Industry (BoI) providing counterpart funding.

AfDB described i-DICE as a major action plan towards significantly upscaling entrepreneurship and innovation in digital technology and creative industries, including film, fashion and music.

It is meant to consolidate the country’s position as Africa’s leading start-up investment destination and youth entrepreneurship hub. The Federal Government of Nigeria is providing counterpart finance through BoI, which also serves as the executing agency, the statement said.

A steering committee chaired by the Vice President’s Office, it added, would oversee the initiative in cooperation with a technical committee made up of business leaders as well as ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).