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According to the release, CICH has signed an agreement with the government of Plateau State, which will set aside over 4,000 Hectares of land for the project. The organization, which helps SMEs digitize and automate their financial operations, aims for the hub to house state-of-the-art music and movie studios, and “drive the equitable distribution of wealth in commodity markets”. Other components of the project will include a commodities exchange (NiDAX), cutting-edge manufacturing facilities, and green technology. Some of these will be part of a second phase, which will further support the creation of jobs and boost the local economy, CICH has said. Commenting on the planned tech hub, Wyclef Jean explained that the partnership was “bringing the music of innovation to the world” and “creating harmony in art and commerce”. He also expressed the hope that it would set “a standard for a brighter, greener future” for Nigeria and the world. On his part, Manasseh Muftwang, Governor of Plateau State, said “These sorts of synergies will naturally provide a platform for scaling up and exposing the young talents on the Plateau towards sharing their gifts with the world.” He added that the project would lead to the emergence of new creative talent from the state, and will allow them to reach the world with their art.
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Nigerian rapper Jude Abaga—more widely known by his stage name M.I. –appears to have played a role in the realization of the deal. M.I., who currently advises the Plateau State governor on entertainment and creativity, will be working with Jean to ensure the execution of the plan for the hub. Jean will also be featured in the Incredible Music Festival organized by M.I., which will take place in Jos, the Plateau State capital, in January 2024. Reacting to news concerning the hub, M.I. said of Jean,
“It gives me great honour to welcome him to my home city of Jos… Welcome him (Wyclef Jean) as he announces this amazing innovation center, and in his participation in the Incredible Music Festival happening in the New Year”.
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Wyclef Jean is a co-founder at Caribbean International Commerce Holdings (CICH). He is also an accomplished music artist, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist. Among the many accolades he has won are 3 Grammy awards, an MTV video award, and the BET Humanitarian award. Featured Image Source: Benjamin Dada
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