14 Agencies of Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy in Nigeria

Last updated on May 8th, 2024 at 04:46 am


The Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy (FMACCE) was carved out of the old Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, following the decision of President Bola Tinubu to create more federal ministries.

Who is the Minister of the Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy?

On August 21, 2023, Hannatu Musa Musawa was announced as the Minister of the Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy.

The Minister of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, with some leading creative industry players, including Kenny Keke Ogungbe, 2Baba, and Dayo Adeneye among others, in Lagos during a meeting held on January 8, 2014. Source: FMACCE_Nigeria (X)

Agencies of FMACCE

There are 13 agencies under the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy. They are headed by Director-General (DG) or Managing Director (MD).


These agencies were once domiciled in the old Ministry of Information and Culture (now the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation).

There are the agencies,  the year they were founded, their mandates, and their heads:

National Theatre

  • Year of establishment: 1976
  • Director General: Tola Akerele
  • Mandate: To promote Nigeria’s culture through performance

National Films and Censors Board

  • Founded: August 25, 1993
  • Director-General: Dr. Shaibu Husseini
  • Mandate: To censor and classify films and video works in Nigeria and also to provide safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises

National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC)

  • Founded: 1975
  • Director-General: Obi Asika
  • Mandate: To promote and develop the revival of Nigerian Arts and Culture through research and publications and create jobs in the cultural industries

Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture (CBAAC)

  • Founded: 1977
  • Director-General:  Aisha Adamu Augie
  • Mandate: To preserve materials used during FESTAC ‘77. and serve as a cultural archive and repository for cultural works, arts, monuments, and indigenous games in Nigeria

National War Museum (NWM)

  • Founded: January 15, 1985
  • Chief Conservator: Ekpolador-Ebi Koinyan
  • Mandate: The Nigerian National War Museum located in Umuahia is to preserve the relics of of Biafra-Nigerian Civil War (1967 to 1970)
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National Gallery of Art (NGA)

  • Founded: 1993
  • DG: Ahmed Sodangi
  • Mandate: To promote and present the creative visual art of Nigeria to the rest of the World

National Institute of Archeology and Museums Studies

  • Founded: 1979
  • DG: Chaliya Shagaya
  • Mandate:  It is an educational centre for the theory and practice of museum studies, including the practical study of archaeology, and related others.

National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN)

  • Founded: October 1991
  • Art Director: Hajiya Khaltume Bulama Gana
  • Mandate: To encourage the discovery and development of talents in the performing arts

National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO)

  • Year of establishment: 1993
  • Director-General: Otunba Biodun Ajiboye
  • Mandate: To be Nigeria’s apex cultural training institute through world-class research

Nigerian Film Corporation 

  • Founded: 1979
  • Managing Director Ali Nuhu 
  • Mandate: To develop the film industry in Nigeria, produce films both for domestic and foreign consumption and encourage local content of creative movies.

National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM)

  • Year of establishment: September 28, 1979
  • Director-General: Ramatu Abonbo Mohammed
  • Mandate: To manage the collection, documentation, conservation and presentation of the National Cultural properties to the public for education and entertainment

Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)

  • Founded: 1992
  • Director-General: Folunsho Coker
  • Mandate: To coordinate the planning and development of tourism in Nigeria.

Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism(NIHOTOUR)

  • Year of establishment: 1987
  • Director-General: Nura Kangiwa
  • Mandate: To train individuals and organisations in the skills needed in tourism and the hospitality industry through a professional regulatory framework

National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB)

  • Founded: 1993
  • Executive Director/CEO: Adedayo Thomas
  • Mandate: To censor and classify films and video works in Nigeria and also to provide safety precautions to be observed in licensed premises

What Nigeria’s Creative Economy Is About

Diverse Domains of Influence: To explore the vast landscape of the creative economy in Nigeria, spanning fashion, arts, design, media, entertainment, technology, heritage, and beyond.

Human Ingenuity in Action: The ministry wants to tap into Nigeria’s essence of ideas and innovations, forming the heartbeat of a dynamic creative ecosystem.

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Cultural Catalyst for Growth: To delve into the pivotal role a strong creative and cultural economy plays as a growth catalyst.

Fashioning Global Excellence: To uncover how Nigeria’s fashion industry, rooted in tradition and pulsating with modern flair, contributes to the global fashion narrative. Each stitch, color, and pattern tells a story of cultural evolution.

Artistic Alchemy: To navigate the diverse realms of arts and witness the transformative power of artistic expression. From traditional paintings to contemporary installations, artists shape narratives that resonate globally.

Designing the Future: To explore how design isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a visionary force shaping the future. Whether in architecture or digital spaces, Nigerian designers are architects of progress.

Media & Entertainment Extravaganza: Beyond borders, Nigerian creativity captivates audiences, creating an entertainment empire that knows no bounds.

Preserving Heritage, Powering Progress: To preserve and propel Nigeria’s cultural values with the understanding that its culture isn’t just about the past, but about building a sustainable future anchored in traditions.

Local Triumphs, Global Victories: To celebrate Nigeria’s journey from local excellence to global prominence. The creative economy isn’t just an industry; it’s a movement, a testament to the resilience and brilliance of a nation on the rise.

Destination 2030, Nigeria Everywhere

“Destination 2030, Nigeria Everywhere” is a brainchild of the Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy launched on November 21, 2023, to exploring arts for economic development.

What is Destination 2030?

The Destination 2030 can simply described as Nigeria’s Economic Master Plan to effectively utilize the resources of Nigerians in the arts, culture, and the creative sector which is aimed at generating 10% GDP by the year 2030.

Apart from being the largest economy on the continent, the Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy is poised to become the giant of creative expression and cultural exchange.

With more than 371 Nigerian tribes spread across over 250 ethnic groups, Nigeria is tapping into its diverse cultural heritage to spur economic growth and shared prosperity.

During the launch of Destination 2030, Hannatu said, “We have developed a robust economic plan aimed at creating millions of jobs, supported by comprehensive skills training programs.

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Our objective is to contribute 10 per cent to the Nation’s GDP expanding sectorial GDP to a remarkable $100 billion by the year 2030.

The aim of the Destination 2030

  • To recognize the importance of the private sector in Nigeria’s cultural heritage.
  • To shift focus from just financing to comprehensive ecosystem support aim at nurturing the creative endeavours and businesses.
  • To unite Nigeria using the power of culture.
  • To establish Nigeria as the leading global hub for arts, culture, and creativity.
  • To transcend Nigeria’s cultural influence across borders.

Roles of Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, and Creative Economy

1) To initiate, formulate, execute, monitor and evaluate policies relating to art, Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, and tourism.

2) To promote investment in Nigeria’s Art and the creative sector.

3) Cultural and art promotion and information dissemination

4) Establish relations with art and culture related institutions within and outside Nigeria.

5) To embark and promote art and culture research and development.

6) To liaise with relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Tourism for art and cultural promotion.

7) To facilitate plan for art and culture-related project

8) To monitor private sector art and culture project implementation and development

9) To liaise with Ministry of Art and Culture at the state levels

10) Establishment of a mini- exhibition centre to project the image of Nigeria.

11) Promotion of culture and arts-related matters

Online Presence of FMACCE

  • Official website: fmacc.gov.ng/
  • Facebook: @FMACCE
  • X (Twitter): @FMACCE_Nigeria
  • Instagram: @fmacce_nigeria

My View:

As a new addition to the existing ministries, Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy requires increased funding. It should be prioritized among the top 10 ministries with the highest budgetary allocation in the 2024 budget.

The 13 agencies of the ministry need additional financial support to function optimally. Appointing experts with decades of experience isn’t enough to turn things around. They are not magicians. They need funds to execute most of their brilliant ideas.

The ministry also requires a functional website that is accessible to a global audience. For instance, the website was not accessible at the time of this publication. As the first point of contact with the ministry, it should be operational.

I believe that the creative industry is larger than the oil sector; it is the heart of Nigeria and should be treated accordingly.

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