BRITISH COUNCIL KICKS OFF NEW INITIATIVE FOR NIGERIA’S CREATIVE INDUSTRY
The British Council in collaboration with GenTalks Creative, on Monday, December 15, organized a seminar to enlighten and inspire people in the creative circle. The two-part event, started with a lecture, titled ‘Transforming The Nigerian Creative Economy – The Role Of Policy Advocacy’. The speaker was Mr. Ifeanyi Enukorah, a motivational speaker, HR Development and Soft Skills Consultant, with close to a decade experience in holding interactive workshops in Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Ethiopia.
According to Mr. Tosin Olateru-Olagbegi, the project coordinator for the British Council, “The aim of the policy advocacy seminar is to enlighten and empower youths by providing information and leadership training that will promote and enhance their ability to speak up for themselves, their communities and to engage with, and influence policy makers”.
During his lecture, Mr. Ifeanyi talked about leadership and influencing skills, building systems to drive policy advocacy, and the art of communication and negotiation. He encouraged creative people to take up responsibilities that will give them an opportunity to improve the creative sector. He also emphasized on the need for the media to to support the creative industry in all of these.
The second session of the programme, was a panel discussion, involving some veterans and professionals in the film-making, theatre, book publishing, media and fashion circle. The session was led by filmmaker, writer and entrepreneur, Chris Ihidero. Others on the panel were Ralph Nwadike, Oscar Gbemileke, Emem Ema, Kunle Kasumu, Wole Oguntokun, Femi Ogunsanwo, and Isokhen Ogiemwonyi. They all shared personal experiences, and adviced guests in areas that applied to them.
Attendees had time to ask questions and meet the panelists in person to get contacts and further mentorship opportunity. The event is a new initiative by the British council for the Nigerian Creative Economy. According to Tosin, the seminar will also be held in other regions of the country, including Abuja (December 17) and Calabar (December 19).