Marvel Comics Commissions Nigeria’s Okorafor to Write Standalone Book on Black Panther’s Shuri





Nigerian award winning comic writer Nnedi Okorafor has been commissioned by Marvel Comics to write a standalone book for Black Panther character ‘Shuri’.

Shuri, who gained global acceptance and fan base after the release of the block buster ‘Black Panther’, is the younger sister of lead character T’Challa.

The role was played in live action by British actress Letitia Wright while T’Challa, also known as Black Panther was portrayed by American actor Chadwick Boseman.

Okorafor, who had earlier written ‘Black Panther: Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever’, shared the news on her Twitter handle on Tuesday.

She wrote @Nnedi: “Announcement: I am writing Shuri. Black Panther’s sister is getting her own comic book series and it is happening so so soon.”

Her tweet confirmed the news already shared by Marvel Comics on their official website where they wrote: “SHURI will bring a domestic conflict to the princess’s table.

“While she is the most at home in her lab, working to keep her country at the forefront of science and technology, Wakanda is missing its leader.

“Without T’Challa around, Shuri will have to decide if she will forego her own passions in order to stand up for her nation.”

Speaking further on the upcoming series, Okorafor told Bustle (A US magazine): “Shuri is an African young woman of genius level intelligence.

“She is obsessed with technology and has travelled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda.

“The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? All that and more.”

Marvel further stated that Okorafor, who is an acclaimed Afrofuturist writer, will write the series with art from Leonardo Romero.

Okorafor’s works are usually multi layered stories centred around women and girls; drawing inspiration from her Nigerian roots.

Her first adult novel, ”Who Fears Death”, won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

It was a 2011 Tiptree Honor Book and was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award.

She also won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa.

In July 2017, Okorafor announced via Twitter that ”Who Fears Death” was picked by HBO to become a TV series.

Novelist and ‘Game of Thrones’ producer, George R.R. Martin, is on the project as an executive producer.(NAN)

Enugu based singer, Morris, raises the game with new song, ‘Oluchukwu’


                                  Okwor Oluchuwku Morrison

Fast rising Enugu born and bred musician, Okwor Oluchuwku Morrison, aka ‘Morris’ is about to change the face of music in Nigeria with his unique style of music which has since been the talk of the town in the east where he is currently based.
After the successful release of his previous single titled ‘Africa Baby’ which portrays the beauty of African women, he is set to release a new self titled single ‘Oluchukwu’. According to Morris, the song tells the story of a little boy destined for greatness inspite of the hurdles he must grapple with on his way to success.
“This music, as it stands for in Igbo means ‘Work of God’. It tells the tale of a boy who is destined for greatness despite challenges and obstacles”, he said.
Speaking further, Morris who is currently signed to Jehty Incorporated Record Label explained why he named the song after himself.
He said; “Naming the song ‘Oluchuwku’, which is my real name, wasn’t something that took much thinking because as the name implies, ‘Work of God’, already passes the message. My life and journey so far has been all because of God and I couldn’t help but sing to that.”
Morris who strongly believes he is an act to look out for in a competitive music industry like Nigeria’s said ‘Oluchukwu’ was inspired by his challenging journeys of life.
Morris who strongly believes he is an act to look out for in a competitive music industry like Nigeria’s said ‘Oluchukwu’ was inspired by his challenging journeys of life.
“Oluchukwu was inspired by my life’s journey so far from the time I lost a dear one to the struggles in secondary school. Also, now that I’m in the higher institution, certain encounters I have had with friends and family inspired it too. Some were good times, some were bad times but in all things I give God the glory, he said.

Film adaptation of ‘Imagine This’ by Nigerian-British novelist underway


                                                       Sade Adeniran

`Imagine This’, award winning book by Nigerian-British writer Sade Adeniran is currently being developed into a feature film. Adeniran, who is scripting and producing the film, revealed this at an interview with a UK based media – Shadow and Act which she shared on her Twitter page @Imagine_This on Tuesday.
The novel won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (African region), and was shortlisted for the World Book Day “Books to Talk About” award.
The script has reached the second round of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and won the British Urban Film Festival Award for Best Script Talent.
Adeniran said, “Imagine This is a 90-minute animated feature adapted from my award-winning book of the same name. “It’s a coming-of-age drama which follows the story of Lola Ogunwole, who, along with her brother, is taken back home to Nigeria after growing up in London.
“The overarching themes are displacement, loss of identity and otherness. This project was recently selected for the 2018 Durban Talents Lab,” she said.
Speaking on the influence of filmmakers in pop culture, Adeniran said that she has the responsibility to tell her truth as a British Nigerian. She said, “I always wanted to be a filmmaker but didn’t dare to follow my dreams, so, instead, I got myself a corporate job as a consultant and worked on my creative projects as a hobby.
“After I published my debut novel to critical success, I decided to pursue filmmaking as a career. It’s been a slow process, but as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Adeniran said. She was born in London to Nigerian parents, and at the age of eight was taken back to her father’s village in Nigeria, living with her grandmother in Idogun, Ondo State, before returning to the UK.
When she could not find a publisher in 2008, she decided to self-publish and in order to sell the 1100 copies she had printed, created a marketing campaign that led the book to critical acclaim.
Adeniran, who is also a producer and director and is also working on another film ‘Two Weddings’’, has five short films to her credit including two live action: More Cake (2013) and A Mother’s Journey (2016).
The other three are what she calls ‘experimental animation’ and they are Mrs. Bolanle Benson (2015), My Mother’s Stew (2017) and E Go Betta Oh (2018).

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Nigerian fashion brand to release collection inspired by Fela, Mandela


                                 The Prodigy Brand

A budding Nigerian fashion label The Prodigy Brand is set to release a new collection in September. Inspired by African Legends, the new collection called ‘Mizizi: The Second Coming’ is a sequel to Mizizi.
It mixes African cultural materials and casual urban designs in ways never seen before with each design telling a story of selected heroes that have impacted Africa one way or another,” says Titilola Olayinka, a managing partner and the creative director of the brand.
Olayinka said the fashion label, which debuted in 2015, brings together intelligent and creative youths who can create simple but amazing urban designs people want and can afford.
                                       The Prodigy Brand
“That is the philosophy that started, nurtured and is sustaining the brand,” he said. Speaking on the new collection, Ojo Abdul-Hakeem who is the Chief fashion analyst and a managing partner said “The second coming is more passionate with a little bit of storytelling in it as it celebrates and further idolizes ancient African heroes.
“The designs pick the unique styles of certain African heroes during their lifetime and blend them into modern fashion and produce distinguished wears.”
The African heroes being celebrated through this collection include Fela Anikulapo Kuti of Nigeria, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Mansa Musa of Mali, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Ramesses II of Egypt The collection will be available from September 2018.

Peter Obi : A Lesson in Perseverance


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By Valentine Obienyem Today, the 19th of July, 2018, Mr. Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State turns fifty-seven. Besides Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, whom I did serials on his birthdays, he is the only other person I have rashly laid upon myself the task of writing on in commemoration of his birthdays. He is one of the few in Nigeria whose lives a keen observer can look at and proclaim how good they are.
From Ojukwu to Obi is justified because the two great Igbo sons are coins of the same mould and mint, however different in dates. This is especially evident in their understanding of service to the people as revolving around two foci: selflessness and integrity. Both are geniuses in their own rights and by Nigerian standards. It is notorious that geniuses accord with one another as harmoniously as dynamite with fire, even when some little tigers being fed with milk tried to put a wedge between them. Ojukwu in his wisdom recognized those little tigers and often advised Obi to watch them to know when they grow teeth.
If people like Obi are subpoenaed before the judgement-seat of reason for follies of life we shall sue for the return of our money. If, on the contrary, we consult them for the lessons of life, they shall offer us more than we shall bargain for. In the past, I tried to look at Obi from the prisms of hard work, governance, integrity, astuteness, single-mindedness and stubborn adherence to principles. Today, I include his odd quirks. We shall see some of those things he did while growing up. O yes, we can say of him having in mind the famous Terence paragraph in Self Tormentor: “Homo Sum, humani nihil a me aliennumputo” (I am human, and nothing human is alien to me). Obi is human and nothing human is alien to him.
He was born in the commercial city of Onitsha, where he obtained his primary and secondary education; except for an interlude at Father Joseph Secondary School, Aguleri, where his uncle served as Principal. His precocity manifested in the area of business. Looking at the trajectory of his life, one can submit that he was born naturally with the business vigour of the Obis running in his veins. He was first and foremost a businessman, before other features –diplomacy, parsimony, conciliation and governance – took turns dominating his busy life.

He often tells us how his teacher at Kellogg influenced his entry into politics. Anyone who has not heard the tale will most probably think that from his Uncle, Hon. Nwabo-Alor, he derived by a kind of avuncular heredity an inclination towards radical politics. Radical not in terms of hot volcano erupting now and then, but in being driven by an independent spirit that has seen him in trouble a lot of times by insisting that the right thing must be done in spite all odds.
Obi is a thoroughbred Igbo son. Early in his life, he showed signs of what the future has in stock for his life. Barely out of diapers as a pupil of Santa Maria Primary School, Onitsha, he engaged in varied trading. First, was wholesale purchase of kerosene and retailing same in bottles. His loving mother saw the unusual business inclination and early experience with money as likely to have undue negative influence on his growth and development. Like all fond parents, his mother – known during her time as a matron of dignity and wisdom who sedulously trained her children after the husband bowed early to the supreme arbitrament of death – was not comfortable with his early exposure to the science of making money. She tried to stop him, but gifted in native intelligence and all known principles of persuasion, Peter Obi convinced his mother to allow him. But one of the ironies of his life is that despite early exposure, money does not have any charm for him.
From marketing of kerosene in primary school, Peter Obi moved on to the sale of eggs from Olikeze and Onwuka Farms in Agbor and Awka respectively, while he was a student of Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha. Thenceforth he ventured into fashion. Apart from academics, his past-time, as with successful entrepreneurs, was watching and gauging people’s reactions to trending fashion as copied from the attires of famous singers and sportsmen. This was how as a secondary school boy, he designed foreign shoes like the one his excitable friend, Mr. Benji Uba called “three layers”, and “flanner” and went to Enugu for the mass production. Students and young traders fell over one another buying the products. He did the same for “bongo” trousers that was in vague at that time. When you hear that he had taxis running for him as a secondary school boy, do not be surprised. His is a living story as opposed to fairy tales of those who claimed they started making money from their mothers’ wombs. As a student in CKC, he was already travelling to London with older friends and importing goods in containers.
As an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Peter Obi was a big-time importer of five and more containers of various wares in one order. Among his several customers, the well-known Awusaku of Onitsha at the time marketed tiles from him. He also ventured into property. It was during that period that he built the houses rented by the then Savannah Bank in Omor and Nsukka. Indeed, the present Sultan of Sokoto was his tenant as a young military officer serving in Nsukka area.
Best club and party dancer As a young man
Peter Obi was fully human and enjoyed his life to the fullest. Seeing him today, you would not even know that he was the best club and party dancer among his many friends and contemporaries. He also indulged in tangents to the curve of love. From what we hear from those close to him, we may presume that where there is still so much smoke there was once a flame. Take a sampler: Once he was driving his friends, including a girlfriend, in his newly-acquired Peugeot 505 car. They got to a place and met some people who passed from admiring the vehicle to pricing it. Because Peter Obi had a business he wanted to explore, but did not have enough money to do so, he offered to sell the vehicle to the people and there and then. His scandalized friends, including the young lady, had to continue their trip in public transport. Two days later, Peter Obi was off to London and as soon as he concluded the new venture, he bought a brand new BMW!
There are many interesting stories about him and each is parked with lessons of life. At the wedding of one of his cousins in Enugu, many people saw him waiting for public transport to the reception. Most of them stopped to give him a lift, which he declined. In fact, a girlfriend to one of his friends remarked that they should leave the man (Obi) who appeared to be enjoying his poverty. When they later talked about the event and it was revealed that the three most-graded vehicles used for the wedding were owned by Peter Obi, the young woman sought Obi’s hotel room ostensibly to apologize to him but actually to woo his friendship.
Peter Obi lived a normal life that characterizes all stages of human development. One of the interesting things about him is that he did not remain becalmed in any of the stages. That is not say his life is devoid of follies; after all, as Cicero said: “There is nothing so absurd, but that it may be found in the book of philosophies”. He once angrily retrieved what he bought for his girlfriend on discovering her liaisons with other men.
Obi’s transition to one of Nigeria’s most successful politicians in terms of performance was not by accident. He is a perfectionist who puts in 100% efforts in whatever he chooses to do, even if it does not yield the maximum result. His friend, Benji Uba tells a story of sometime in the 1980s, when he and Obi stayed in the house of Ike Nwabunike: “Each time we travelled to London, Ike would always give us money to run errands for him and ask us to keep the change. In 1987, Peter bought his own house. When Ike heard it, he was so amazed that he dropped the plate of food from his hands. Ike was rightly perplexed that the young man he accommodated was able to buy a house in London without a mortgage! Ike was very happy and thereafter used Peter as an example for others. In the same year, Peter started investing in London and Nigerian stock markets unaffected by the bedlam of politics”.
Obi’s venture into politics was with the same spirit of perseverance. How many Nigerians would undergo what he experienced in politics and remain visible with his work largely speaking for him? He has stayed tranquil, friendly, sociable, self-critical and occasionally favouring his “enemies”. He is a man of his words and never offends a rival, never disappoints a patron, except those that are inordinate in their expectations.
As the Governor he found Anambra State buffeted by forces of under-development and self-inflicted curse. The State’s finances were in chaos; most of its revenue was lost in transit; and lawlessness was the order of the day. Rape and rapine of public and private assets reigned. Obi fought the battle of his life and eventually became the Governor of the State in 2006. His every act and every word were designed to carry out his single-minded purpose – to restore Anambra to greatness. He, therefore, started auspiciously by making himself a terror to all incompetence and malfeasance and guarded the treasury ferociously from all political raids. He reduced his own staff strength, lowered taxes, introduced agricultural reforms, and encouraged industrial enterprise. Soon his probity, economics, and efficiency brought a surplus to the treasury to the tune of over N75 billion – which he handed over to his successor in office – the first of its kind in the history of Nigeria. What was most perplexing is that he achieved this after being acclaimed the Best Governor in terms of infrastructural development and no indebtedness to workers, pensioners, contractors or creditors. Well-meaning Nigerians love him today for so bold a violation of precedence – bequests of debt.
Basic principles in life Obi’s basic principles in life have not changed
The other day, 6th of July, 2018, he requested that I buy some bananas for him in Awka. I called to inform him that I did not see good bananas in Awka and could not go to Agulu because of time constraint. He spent the next 30 minutes lecturing me on why I should not have thought about going to Agulu because of bananas: “What is the cost implication? How can somebody think of going to Agulu to buy bananas for somebody in Awka? That’s sheer wastefulness. Was the banana recommended by a doctor, for it is only on medical condition should such course be approved, otherwise it would be sheer madness”, Obi argued.
Today, after many years of leaving public office, sedulous researchers have continued to rate him high as a careful administrator and a far-sighted diplomat. Under him, Anambra politics leaped to heights, but suddenly resumed limping after he left office, characterized by generous delusion and a brand of propaganda falling over us like the lava of Vesuvius. In the midst of increasing taxes, their pockets are bulging with riches from the poor. Rather than the aides helping him out, they continue showering the leadership with the flattery they know he loves to sip, some say gulp.
As for mistakes in office, Obi made ample varieties of them in underestimating the wicked capacity of men. Because he meant well for the State, he spent a lot of time working on a transition that would be of benefit to the people. Only God knows why he ended up supporting the one that is painfully antipodal to him in temper and ideas. Rather than look up to his ideas and build on them, his and his successor and his group are serenading him in mockery. He was accused of demanding money which he never did. They denied the money he saved and paid all manner of characters to pour obloquy on him. Those he raised from dust to become something in life now talk and act to him disrespectfully. All this has compelled him to turn around and examine himself and have a better understanding of man by understanding himself first and foremost. “Gnothiseauton” (Know thyself), said Socrates. It is one of the wonders in the political history of Nigeria that Obi did not become morose by the intensity of indignities he has suffered, but has boldly moved on; only considering the betrayals of friends and those he has helped as little wavelet in a ceaseless surf.
Obi’s pre-occupation is support for schools Today, Obi’s pre-occupation is support for schools. He has turned himself into a wandering sophist giving lectures here and there to queasy audiences. During his lectures, he reduces to common understanding terms like Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Per Capita, among others, such that his speeches now serve as the very sauce and flavour by which heavy dishes of economic terms are made digestible for even the unlettered. But, the irony of it is that those simple, analytic speeches he always delivers have contributed much to the intellectual stimulation of the times.
Today, as he turns 58, we look at his life comprehensively and dare to say that in its systolic and diastolic movements over time, history will be kind to him. His politics reminds us that to get the best from governance, Nigeria must devise a method of barring incompetence and knavery from public office – this is the key-stone of the arch of Obi’s political thoughts. He also believes in some aspect of Chinese politics, of not allowing people to hold high offices till they have filled lower offices well.
He shall remain a lesson in perseverance. Many, including the little tiger and his patron may derive joy in castigating him, but time shall come when history would probably retort as in what, in the fables of Antisthenes, the lions said to the hares when, in the council of beasts, the latter began haranguing and claiming equality for all: “Where are your claws?”
History shall one day judge Nigerian politicians according to their deeds and people like Obi will occupy the temple of honour for persevering in doing good in spite all odds.
*Obienyem wrote from Lagos

VP Osinbajo tasks monarchs on conflict resolution




Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has challenged traditional rulers in Nigeria to take greater responsibility in resolving conflicts in the country, saying dialogue and engagements are as just as important as law enforcement in tackling disputes.

Professor Osinbajo stated this on Wednesday at the opening of the 10th National Development Summit of Nigerian Traditional Rulers held at the Merit House, Abuja.

He said that traditional rulers were better placed “to champion this vision of continuing dialogue and engagement because of the respect you command from the widest possible range of stakeholders and parties.

“Dialogue and engagement are just as important as law enforcement, especially in situations triggered by misunderstandings and disagreements between people and communities who have existed peacefully side-by-side for centuries.”

The vice president said even though the law enforcement agencies are critical elements in deterring criminality and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice, overlooking the place of non-coercive conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms would do a great disservice to the people of Nigeria.

“You are also repositories of important intelligence that can be useful in detecting suspicious or criminal activity,” the vice president told the traditional rulers, adding that “the partnership between traditional authority and government is therefore crucial.”

According to him, it was in recognition of this critical role of traditional rulers that informed government’s approach to dealing with Nigeria’s most pressing security issues in the Niger Delta and in the Middle Belt.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that the New Vision for the Niger Delta would not have happened without the support of traditional rulers and leaders in the region. We have made it a priority to meet with them and carry them along, and ask for their wisdom and their support in resolving issues with stakeholders and communities. This was also our approach in the wake of secessionist agitation by IPOB in the South East.”

Collective Course
He said government has been engaging traditional rulers in the flashpoint regions, counting on the influence they wield to chart a new and collective course of understanding, instead of the default approach of resorting to violence as a way of dealing with grievances.

“As custodians of our rich history, we also believe that you have a duty to remind us of the things we have got right in the past, but from which, for some reason or another, we have departed from, to our detriment,” he stated.

The vice president said Nigeria’s traditional cultures had long ago perfected timeless dispute-resolution and community-engagement mechanisms that are now under threat of being lost forever.

“As traditional rulers, your forebears and ancestors were the initiators and implementers of many of these mechanisms, and our cultural institutions have evolved ways of passing this knowledge down the generations – even if we have not been paying attention as we should.

“May I therefore most respectfully ask that you take this as a call to you, as royal fathers, as traditional rulers, as elder statesmen, to commit yourselves to deepening your partnership with government, to achieve our shared goal of laying the foundation of peace and security that will guarantee true greatness for Nigeria,” he added.

He said government would continue to seek their wisdom, and listen to them, and explore ways and means of strengthening their place in Nigeria’s governance structures.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Summit Governing Council, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Emmanuel Sideso, said traditional rulers in Nigeria have continued to build bridges across the country’s ethnic nationalities and have supported government in its campaigns against poverty, terrorism and crime.

“We may not have the executive powers to implement all the laudable resolutions of the summits, but we are satisfied that our opinions and wise counsels on national issues have always been made public and forwarded to government at all times,” Sideso, who is also the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom said.

Traditional rulers from different parts of Nigeria attended the summit.

2018 Hajj: NAHCON advance team leaves for Saudi Arabia




The Advance Team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, to this year’s Hajj, departed Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja to the Holy land in Saudi Arabia.

The early departure is to prepare and put things in place to receive Nigerian pilgrims that are expected to start arriving in Saudi Arabia from Saturday 21st July.

The Advance Team comprised of the National Medical Team, that is expected to set up Clinics in Madinah and Makkah, the Accommodation Team to set up and ensure proper handling of accommodation issues for ease of access to the arriving pilgrims and the National Reception Team, which has members at the two entry points of Jeddah and Madinah and another set of members at Makkah.

Speaking to the Advance Team, before their departure at about one o’clock, this afternoon, the Chairman of the Commission Barrister Abdullah Mukhtar Muhammad advised members to diligently execute their assigned roles for the comfort of the Nigerian pilgrims.

He said their main responsibility is service to the pilgrims, first, before any other Hajj rites.

Barrister Abdullah, therefore urged them to fear Allah as they will account for all their action or inaction before Allah, on their handling of His guests in the Holy land.

The members of the advance team of the NAHCON National Media Team are expected to depart with the first batch of Nigerian pilgrims from Kogi State on Saturday, aboard the inaugural flight.

Nigeria’s creative industry is top-class on global stage- Minister




Nigerian Government has showered accolades on some of the country’s creative industry players.

Minister of Information and culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed has said that the country’s creative and entertainment industry is ruling the continent and also the creatives have been recognized as top class on the global stage.

The Minister said this on Monday at the Creative Nigeria Summit in Lagos, South West Nigeria. He reeled out many names of Nigerians doing great exploits in their chosen genres in the creative industry.

“We have seen a harvest of global recognitions for our Creative Industry players. Mo Abudu and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde were named among the top 50 women doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage by the Variety Magazine; and prolific author Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, Americanah, was listed in the New York Times’ list of 15 remarkable books by women that are ”shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”

”Also, Wizkid has made history by becoming the first African artiste to sell out the Royal Albert Hall in London, while Davido emerged winner of the 2018 BET Award International Act.”

The 2018 Creative Industry Summit, with the theme: ”Content – The Future of Nigerian Film and Television in a Digital Era.” The summit brought together stakeholders in the industry from both home and abroad to examine and exchange ideas and innovations, to create sustainable solutions to challenges and harness the full potential of the Nigerian film and television industry.

Speaking on the future of Television and content, Mr. Mohammed said that the Digitisation of Television required a much deeper understanding of Customers, Content and the quality of delivery of Video.

“The landscape has changed. The accelerating shift towards mobile delivery continues unabated and a content rekindling has left consumers feeling lost in a sea of available programming.”

Media and entertainment companies that want to stay in the game may need to embark upon a holistic, coordinated and integrated programme of digital innovation to focus their resources, investments and capabilities on the things that truly matter.

On the issue of content, the Minister said Nigeria is the clear leader in raw content in Africa.

“Nollywood, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and our Comedians testify to this. But we are hardly monetizing them either through production, distribution or royalty collection. In fact, with about 20 billion Naira currently expended on the DSO, less than 500 Million Naira has gone into content! It is apparent Nigeria has forgotten that Video, not Television, is about content.”

”And everywhere in the world, Video has exploded via on Demand and Live streaming. Online TV or subscription services are now the norm – YouTube, Netflix, Iroko etc.”

”Video is now delivered via social feeds like Facebook, Wechat, LINE etc. Indeed, Video is the future of media on the web and is competing with scheduled linear TV content for consumer attention. I implore the key players in the DSO project to focus on any of the above.”

Making reference to a recent survey done in over 42 countries, Mr. Mohammed said the research findings revealed that expected video consumption on devices over the next 3 years will grow 45% on Mobile, 45% on Internet-enabled TV, 40% on Tablet and 36% on Laptop computers.

“Traditional TV grew by 0%! This led the researchers to come to the conclusion that Video is not only increasingly consumed from the internet, it is clearly going mobile.”

TV companies have used their advantage of being first in the homes to introduce data to the homes, thereby not only improving their revenues significantly but securing their roles in the future of Video watching.

Some 70% of homes in the U.K get their data from Sky, Virgin or You View. In fact BT, the main telecom operator, rushed to set up their own TV entity acquiring Champions League rights and offering it for free, if you buy data from them.

Very soon the race for content will begin. With a significant increase in the number of distribution channels and a variety of content to choose from, the clear winner will be the media company that invests in high quality original content that has taken into consideration the preferences of the customer. Ultimately, the goal will be to match content with audience expectation and enjoy maximum compensation.”

The Minister said that the Buhari led Administration remains dogged in its determination to grow the Creative Industry and turn it into a Creative Economy.

Reeling out the fruits produced by the summit last year, he said following the summit last year, there was a piracy stakeholders’ meeting with the Inspector-General of Police, resulting in the establishment of police anti-piracy units in all the 36 states. The subsequent extensive piracy raids have led to the confiscation of pirated products worth hundreds of millions of Naira.

Also last year’s summit brought about the Granting of Pioneer Status for the Creative industry by the Federal Government to reduce financial burdens on new investments and encourage both foreign and local investments within the industry.

Meanwhile the Governor of Lagos state Mr Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Lagos state Ministry of  Tourism and Culture Mr Fola Adeyemi said the state is investing huge resources in the sector because the government believes that is the future.

Mr Ambode said Lagos sees tourism as the new and best way to  develop the state’s economy and create jobs for the teeming youths.
This is the second edition of the summit that started last year. The two-day summit, put together by Think Tank Media and Advertising Limited, in conjunction with The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, was borne and executed out of a desire to urgently transform the Film, Television and Music sectors into a well-structured industry.