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Media giants converge at NECLive

NECLive has run every year since 2013

Media giants and entertainment gurus convened at the sixth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) yesterday to discuss potential solutions to the issues facing Nigeria’s creative industry.

Hosted by Tee A at the Landmark Event Center, Lagos, the conference was themed ‘Understanding Emerging Markets, Trends and Opportunities.’

Figures from across the creative industry addressed keynote issues and queries from attendees.

Speakers included Jason Njoku, Lasisi Elenu, Dbanj, Muyiwa Faulkner, Cobhams Asuquo, Obi Asika, Martin Mabutho, Ezegozie Eze, Damien Okorafor, Jide Taiwo, Brymo, Simi, Darey Art Alade, Kelvin Orifa, Colette Otusheso, Sam Oyemelukwe, Ubi Franklin, Richard Nnadi, Bizzle Osikoya, Deji Awokoya, Tochukwu Tagbo, Daddy Freeze, Seun Okinbaloye and Sir Shina Peters.

Among the topics of discussion were the power of technology in entertainment, how to monetise ideas, understanding new media and the power of social media.

Held every year since 2013, NECLive brings together practitioners from different spheres of the entertainment industry for one day of conversations, workshops, exhibitions and master classes.

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Iroko TV teams with Cream

Video-on-demand (VoD) service Iroko TV is partnering with new talent platform Cream to showcase up-and-coming movie makers nationwide from this week.

Dapo Oyebanjo

In a panel discussion at the recently concluded Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive), Iroko TV CEO Jason Njoku and Cream CEO Dapo Oyebanjo (aka Nigerian musician D’banj) disclosed that both platforms have formed a partnership that will help young filmmakers launch their work to the public.

According to Oyebanjo, mobile platform Cream already has more than 3.5 million subscribers for music and the company is now ready to work with the film industry to build up an audience and help fund movies.

“Cream is all about building talents and forging partnerships between brands. This is what we aim to do by partnering with Iroko TV for filmmakers on our platforms,” said Oyebanjo at NECLive.

”Every month, beginning from the month of May, we will be picking 10 scripts that we believe will interest viewers. We will take each script to the professionals and a video will be shot and produced by us.”

Launched in 2016, Cream (referring to creative, reality, entertainment, arts and music) is a platform that provides creative minds with the opportunity and space to showcase their talents and build their brand.

Iroko TV is an online TV platform. Often described as the ‘Netflix of Africa,’ it is one of Africa’s biggest mainstream online movie websites, giving subscribers instant access to more than 5,000 movies and TV series.

Iroko is already available in Nigeria and South Africa, while a French-language version launched in Senegal, Cameroon, both Congos and the Ivory Coast last year. The service recently launched in Ghana.

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BBNaija wins NET awards

Reality TV show Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) was named as the most popular event of the year at the Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) awards.

During the sixth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) last week, NET announced the winners of its second annual NET Honours People’s Choice Awards.

According to the organisers, the award aims to recognise top individuals in the entertainment industry.

Nominated alongside One Night Stand With Adekunle Gold, Rhythm Unplugged, 30 Billion Concert and Wizkid The Concert, BBNaija won a week after the final episode of the third season (Double Wahala) was aired.

BBNaija aired daily for three months and came to an end on April 22 with Miracle winning the prize of N25m (US$69,500) and a new car.

The housemates thrilled viewers with their fights, drama, make-ups and break-ups.

Organisers of the show created unexpected plot twists and exciting incidents, from multiple and sudden evictions to evicted housemates having a chance to join the show again.

Many Nigerians were intrigued with the reality show and it never stopped trending on social media. Even celebrities jumped on the bandwagon, with musician Don Jazzy rooting for Miracle and actress Juliet Ibrahim getting varied reactions when she showed support for BBNaija housemate, Cee-C.

Hosted by former housemate Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, BBNaija aired on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv and was based on the reality format owned by Endemol Shine Group.

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NEC 2018 opens for registration

Registration is now open for the sixth Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NEC), which takes place in Lagos on April 25.

NEC host and comedian Tee A

This year’s conference will focus on the theme Understanding Emerging Markets, Trends & Opportunities.

It will explore how the creative industries in Nigeria can exploit the tools that innovative technology provides and how best to use them to develop the industry and create impact, locally and internationally. It will be hosted by comedian Tee A.

Organised annually since 2013, NEC brings together practitioners from different spheres of the entertainment industry for one day of conversations, workshops, exhibitions and masterclasses.

NEC founder Ayeni Adekunle said: “As the entertainment business the world over continues to see rapid, shocking changes, with the future of the industry increasingly relying on IT and new ideas, NEC is bringing practitioners in Nigeria together to put our house in order, while taking concrete steps to study global trends, understand them, master them and put them to use – for the benefit of practitioners, consumers, corporates and society.”

Ayeni Adekunle

Registration to attend NEC is underway and the event will be held at Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Lagos.

Speakers from previous editions of NEC include Toyin Abraham, Basketmouth, John Ugbe, Banky W, Funke Akindele and D’banj. This year’s speakers and panelists are yet to be announced.

NEC will be aired live on cable and online TV, although the channels carrying it have yet to be revealed.

Sponsors of the conference include MTN, Beat FM, Black House Media, COSON, Cool FM, MultiChoice Nigeria, Bank of Industry, The British Council, NET and Interswitch.

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