The Nigerian government says it will support talented youths in the arts sector with 300 million Naira start-up loans.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the plan at the “Spoken Words Open All White Finale’’, a poetry and music platform held at Onikan, Lagos to encourage talents.

Mohammed highlighted that poetry and music performances show the government is willing these youngsters.

“We have succeeded in securing a 300 million Naira loan from the Bank of Industry to support young talents in the arts sector.

‘’Very soon, we are going to make available information to Nigerians how to access these funds.

“These loans are for start-ups to support young artists in the creative industry.

“Spoken word is a form of poetry and a lot of talents have been displayed here tonight,’’ he said.

According to the minister, the lead poet, Mrs Titilope Williams, is one of the hidden exponents of “Spoken Word’’, a form of poetry in Nigeria.

He said that he had monitored her works for 4 years and commended her ability to capture some special issues, both social and political, intelligently.

“This is what makes this country what it is; as an abode of abundant talents and creativity and we must, as a government, try to support it.’’

Reflecting on one of the poems, “Who am I?,” the minister commended the sequence of the narrative that captured the efforts of black women and the prominence of African civilisation.

“She has been able to invoke in us, things to be proud of our qualities.’’

According to the minister, it takes an intelligent and gifted person to be able to do such poetry.

Mr Mohammed also commended other artists, who did various songs, assuring them that their talents would attract support from the government.