Stories by Vanessa Obioha
The Federal Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa has been unveiled as one of the speakers who will be headlining the 2023 edition of Entertainment Week Lagos (EWL). She will be joined by other notable figures in the entertainment and creative sectors including Executive Head, Content and Channels, Multichoice West Africa, Dr Busola Tejumola; Founder, Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), Chioma Ude; Chief Creative Officer, Livespot360, Darey Art Alade; VP, Strategy & Market Development – Africa & Diaspora, Empire, Azegozie Eze Jr.; and Ghanaian TV Producer and Journalist, Peace Hyde.
“We’re delighted to have these speakers lend a voice to the conversations we’ll be having at EWL this year,” says Co-Founder and CEO of Livespot360, producers of EWL, Deola Art Alade. “EWL is refining global narratives and empowering the next generation of creatives and it’s great to see professionals from across the continent come together for this.”
The entertainment and creative industry in Africa is experiencing exponential growth, with data from PwC’s Entertainment and Media Outlook indicating a projected doubling of revenue by 2026. Additionally, UNESCO reports highlight the industry’s crucial role in job creation, wealth generation, and economic diversification across the African continent.
“EWL is a catalyst for empowering Nigeria’s creative economy. This is in line with the presidency’s mandate to cultivate this sector, generating employment opportunities, fostering innovation, and amplifying Nigerian artistic expressions on both local and global stages,” adds Musawa.
Themed ‘The Next Wave,’ EWL 2023 boasts a transformative agenda, spotlighting AI’s impact in the creative sphere, empowering independent artists, and delving into the evolving content consumption patterns in film and television.
The entertainment convergence will be held from December 13 to 20, 2023, at the Livespot Entertarium in Lagos.