The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) says it will continue working with African governments to protect intellectual property.

This comes as African artists fail to prosper due to piracy and other illegal activities.

The WIPO deputy director general, Ms Sylvie Forbin said African countries are a priority in protecting intellectual property rights.

She said her organisation is already working on ways to promote African artists.

Zambian based WIPO chairperson, Mr Antony Bwembya said artists are failing to fight the effects of the internet which has compromised their benefits from their sells.

Meanwhile, the director general of WIPO, Mr Fernando Dos Santos said there is need for governments to put in place laws that are in line with the current technological developments.

The creative industry has a potential to transform the lives of African artists and writers who are prejudiced by the infringement of copy rights.