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Forum to boost Nigerian Creative Industries

Next week key investors, strategists, policy-makers and creative businesses will gather in Lagos for the 2nd Nigerian Creative Industries Expo, to discuss a practical programme of investment to strengthen the Nigerian Creative Economy.

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The British Council and Bank of Industry (BOI) present a two-day creative industries forum, on 3rd and 4th December 2012, to take a fresh look at creative enterprises in Nigeria and identify partners and investment strategies that will strengthen the status of Nigerian creative industries globally.

The forum will be divided into workstreams, addressing three key investment areas -

  • Investment in Distribution
  • Investment in Talent
  • Investment & Investor Readiness

Speakers and participants attending the event include leading policy experts and industry professionals from the UK and Nigeria.

Dr Tom Fleming (Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy), a consultant and academic specialising in research and support for the cultural and creative industries sector, will chair the opening plenary session, which is also scheduled to include Chief Edem Duke (Honourable Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation), Evelyn Oputu (MD, Bank of Industry), and Disun Holloway (Honourable Commissioner for Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations).

In addition to a band of sessions looking at growth across the Nigerian creative industries, industry-specific sessions will look at distribution models in the Nigerian fashion industry (delivered by Omoyemi Akerele, CEO, Style House Files & Founder, Lagos Fashion and Design Week) and opportunities for scaling up Nollywood (Charles Igwe, Principle Consultant at Big Picture).

The overall aims of the Expo are to:

  • Agree priorities and actions for a practical investment programme for the Nigerian Creative Economy.
  • Agree in principle lead partners for each priority / action and set out a timeline for delivery.
  • Agree a partnership mechanism for effective sector development – involving industry, finance and the best policy-makers.
  • Raise awareness of emergent business models in the Creative Industries and identify the investment opportunities they will bring.

More details can be found on the Creative Industries Expo website.

For more information on the talks and speakers attending the event please download the programme here.