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Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by kirajustice: 11:32am On Mar 23
The creative industry is affectionately referred to as the showbiz (show business) industry and for good reason mostly on account of the overwhelming image of glamour and stardom.

With Nigerian music and movies cornering large swathes of the global market (Nollywood, the local variant, is considered the 3rd globally, ranked just next to Hollywood and Bollywood and Nigerian Afrobeats is staking a major claim on the backs of artistes like Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido) major stakeholders and businesses are beginning to take notice of not just Nigeria but the African creative industry.

But a careful consideration will show that the show business industry in Nigeria and most of Africa is more show and sadly not so much of a business. Why is this so? Why is African showbiz more show than business?
Doctors say diagnosis is often the first step to a cure. If we agree that the African creative industry is full of artistes who produce good music and movie makers who churn out gripping stories why is the industry not as robust as its counterparts in Hollywood and Bollywood?

Granted Hollywood and Bollywood were not built in a day but many will agree that Nollywood and others have dwelt for too long in the valley of potential. The time to consolidate on the business side of things has come.
These were some of the issues that agitated the minds of the keynote speaker and Plenum at the Africa Soft Power Series fire side chat event which held virtually on Thursday, February 23, 2021 and which proceeded under the theme – “The New Face of African collaboration”.

There was a key note by Benedict Oramah, President Afrexim Bank followed by a very interactive and insightful panel with Chinelo Anohu, Senior Director Africa Investment Forum, Dean Garfield, VP Public Policy at Netflix and His Excellency, Wamkele Mene, Secretary General African Continental Free Trade Area Secretariat with Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and MD at IC Publications moderating.

The insights shared and experience-led submissions that followed pointed to the clear and present need for the African creative sector practitioner to become fluent in the language of business and finance as a means of accessing much needed funding that will help them scale. Other considerations included providing capacity building and infrastructure which will enable the sector grow and develop to its true potential.

To understand the potential market size of the African creative industries let us consider a few developments. The Nigerian government’s projection captured in its forecast for the 2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, projected export revenues of $1 billion from the creative industries alone. That was before Covid-19 struck.
In January 2020 the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) announced a $500- Million Creative Industry Support Fund “dedicated to promoting exchange within the creative and cultural industry.” Making the announcement in Kigali during the Creative Africa Exchange Weekend (CAX WKND), Prof. Benedict Oramah, President Afreximbank said the fund “would be accessible as lines of credit to banks, direct financing to operators and as guarantees."

Speaking on the imperative he noted that “creative industries can be potent vehicles for more equitable, sustainable and inclusive growth strategies for African economies.”

He however lamented the sad state of affairs where despite Africa’s deep pool of local talent, the continent still lacked the infrastructure and capacity to scale by commercializing its creative output in order to reap the huge dividends accruable.

That sentiment was echoed by speaker after speaker at the Africa Soft Power Series event. The overwhelming concern was how to monetize intellectual property, access finance and achieve scale.

Professor Oramah was clear that the African creative industry must move from the stage of potential to achievement. And this sentiment assumes specific gravity when considered in the context of the fact that Netflix has invested $3bn in the EU and employed over 18,000 people in the space of eight short years according to Dean Garfield of Netflix who, in speaking to their African aspirations, noted that “our mission is to entertain the world and we can’t achieve that mission without Africa. Africa has 1.2bn people with the youngest population in any region in the world and a strong story telling tradition.”

So, if the market is there and the pool of talent is not lacking, what is keeping Africa from taking over? The answer lies in collaboration, capacity building and an enabling creative infrastructure.

The message of collaboration was emphasized by Dean Garfield who further stated: “One of my key action items coming out of this conversation is to make sure that I follow up with you and figure out how we can learn more and partner with AIF because there seems to be a lot of alignment in our mission, and ways for us to enable each other’s success.”

The point was brought home by Ms. Anohu, Senior Director at Africa Investment Forum who noted that the idea behind setting up the AIF was to facilitate collaboration which has seen to the creation of over 15,000 jobs in Mozambique as well as the exchange of ideas at the AIF’s Marketplace.

As she put it “I think the very ethos of the AIF is a collaborative effort. Even though it’s an initiative of President Adesina of AFDB, he still sought out partners from all over and so far we have seen that collaboration works.”
Ms. Anohu also made the point that the AIF will collaborate with Netflix because of her belief that the African creative sector is a pot of gold hiding in plain sight. According to her “the creative sector is so vast and one of the biggest markets the African continents has and so to ignore it is to do a disservice to the continent. The kind of strides recorded without institutional support shows that giving them support will galvanise the sector.”

That institutional support will enable African creatives to access finance, obtain financial advisory, and with the AfCFTA now on stream, enable them better access to a continental wide as well as global market which will help them achieve economies of scale.

But the end game is one in which a well-funded creative sector enables practitioners produce better quality works which would in turn help change the existing state of affairs captured succinctly by Professor Benedict Oramah who noted that owing to “underinvestment in the creative and cultural industries, Africa is largely absent in the global market of ideas, values and aesthetics as conveyed through music, theatre, literature, film and television. African countries import overwhelmingly more creative goods than they export or trade amongst themselves.”

To achieve that, African Creatives and those in the financial services sector as well as streaming companies and content buyers like Netflix must collaborate in order to fully explore that nexus linking the show to the business side of the creative economy.

https://politicsnigeria.com/finding-a-nexus-between-show-and-business-with-the-africa-soft-power-project-toni-kan/

Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Seniorwriter(m): 1:27pm On Mar 23
Nice project writeup.
Howbeit the industry(SHOWBIZ) is enjoying the ever growing population patronage reason it's flourishing and lucrative as per profits and gains which is not in tandem to quality of production and filming!!!
As Time goes on I'm sure some real game changers will step in and serve the public with worthwhile quality movies or films.
I'm presently writing a script for a not too known Film Production Outfit.
Film Title: Port of Entry!
There is a need to aggressively increase the quality of film or movie standards in Africa!
If you are young and aspiring to be in the showbiz try get your acts right and put in your A Game....there is so much profits and earnings therein.
Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!!
@Seniorwriter

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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by VictoriaNkechi(f): 1:27pm On Mar 23
ok
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by VictoriaNkechi(f): 1:28pm On Mar 23
not bad
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by OakConsultNG: 1:28pm On Mar 23
Nice one.. �
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Xenry: 1:29pm On Mar 23
Here we go again, stupid project!
Abeg make una delete Nigeria from being a country! sad
And I need someone to 'cut and paste' me into a better nation. tongue

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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by geneyi9879: 1:33pm On Mar 23
Good
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Prussian: 1:41pm On Mar 23
Toni Kan Anthony Onwordi, one of mentors in the bad boy business.

Corporate world Monday to Friday afternoon, club with bad b1tches Friday to Sunday night. 6am on Monday morning, you're at your desk looking like someone who just received Holy communion.

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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by mcmbonu: 1:41pm On Mar 23
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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by chamboy(m): 1:42pm On Mar 23
Good one, we should for once put money where our mouth is
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by VictoriaNkechi(f): 1:43pm On Mar 23
hmm
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Seniorwriter(m): 1:45pm On Mar 23
Xenry:
Here we go again, stupid project!
Abeg make una delete Nigeria from being a country! sad
And I need someone to 'cut and paste' me into a better nation. tongue
Lolz try see the brighter side of the wrieup!!!
You can get involved in creating good leads for the next generation by traveling out of Nigeria via movies involvement!

Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!
@Seniorwriter
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by HabaHaba: 2:11pm On Mar 23
Prussian:
Toni Kan Anthony Onwordi, one of mentors in the bad boy business.

Corporate world Monday to Friday afternoon, club with bad b1tches Friday to Sunday night. 6am on Monday morning, you're at your desk looking like someone who just received Holy communion.

You truly know TK. Toni Kan, Mr Chim, of Hints fame were so impressively inspiring then that I got goose pimples reading his write up recently.
These are seasoned writers, who are excellently creative and I expected that by now they should have gone on to establish an online News/Entertainment enterprise.

Well, life is such an unpredictable venture.

Toni Kan, I adore you bro.

Fly the Writers Flag high joor!
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by TheIbibioGirl(f): 2:40pm On Mar 23
Seniorwriter:
Nice project writeup.
Howbeit the industry(SHOWBIZ) is enjoying the ever growing population patronage reason it's flourishing and lucrative as per profits and gains which is not in tandem to quality of production and filming!!!
As Time goes on I'm sure some real game changers will step in and serve the public with worthwhile quality movies or films.
I'm presently writing a script for a not too known Film Production Outfit.
Film Title: Port of Entry!
There is a need to aggressively increase the quality of film or movie standards in Africa!
If you are young and aspiring to be in the showbiz try get your acts right and put in your A Game....there is so much profits and earnings therein.
Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!!
@Seniorwriter
Well said.
A lot has to be done as regards scriptwriting. The continuous repition of one and thesame script is tiring.Even though nollywood has improved recently, there is still need for them to add some touch of excellence.
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Nobody: 4:03pm On Mar 23
https://thisislagos.ng/ is owned by Toni Kan. And partner



https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vanguardngr.com/2018/10/toni-kan-and-partner-sell-sabinews-com-in-landmark-deal/amp/. For further reading. Blessed to have worked with him. He's a rare breed. Kind to a fault.

HabaHaba:


You truly know TK. Toni Kan, Mr Chim, of Hints fame were so impressively inspiring then that I got goose pimples reading his write up recently.
These are seasoned writers, who are excellently creative and I expected that by now they should have gone on to establish an online News/Entertainment enterprise.

Well, life is such an unpredictable venture.

Toni Kan, I adore you bro.

Fly the Writers Flag high joor!

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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Cybercop2002: 4:04pm On Mar 23
Seniorwriter:

Lolz try see the brighter side of the wrieup!!!
You can get involved in creating good leads for the next generation by traveling out of Nigeria via movies involvement!

Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!
@Seniorwriter
am interested ,how can i become part of it am an aspiring actor
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Seniorwriter(m): 4:10pm On Mar 23
Cybercop2002:
am interested ,how can i become part of it am an aspiring actor

Well I'm not sure of you been part of the cast cos I'm not preview to that info or link...I'm just the scriptwriter!!!!
But you can join Actors Guild as starters


Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!
@Seniorwriter
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by Cybercop2002: 4:34pm On Mar 23
Seniorwriter:


Well I'm not sure of you been part of the cast cos I'm not preview to that info or link...I'm just the scriptwriter!!!!
But you can join Actors Guild as starters


Proactivity Leads To Productivity!!!
@Seniorwriter
ok thanks,how can i join actor g am interested ,if you may call me 2o explain 09073027735
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by enoch273: 7:31pm On Mar 23
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Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by 12345ayomide(f): 10:55am On Mar 24
A lot of Nollywoods are actually obviously done on low budget making their products unentertaining,I hope this addresses that.
Some still come out excellent though.
Re: Africa Soft Power Project: Finding A Nexus Between Show And Business – Toni Kan by ManspaceBarber(m): 6:50am On Mar 26
Same issue can be related to agriculture in Africa.
Larger percentage of the people do farming and not agriculture (adding full value chain) which brings about sustainability.

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