Audu Maikori, Chocolate City founder, joined US Vice President Kamala Harris to lead talks on leveraging the creative industry for economic growth at the recent US-Africa Leaders Summit.


The Nigerian music industry executive moderated a panel at the African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum.

The forum brought together young entertainment industry professionals across Africa and the diaspora to share their experiences, challenges, and opportunities and develop strategies for driving change and progress.

The event took place on December 13 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC.


It was themed “Owning the Narrative: Film, Television, and Music Engines for Culture, Economy, and Growth”.

Maikori led talks on the role of film, TV, and music in driving economic growth and cultural exchange in Africa.

He emphasised the importance of young African leaders using the power of art to shape their countries’ futures.


“We must not allow others to dictate how Africa is perceived and portrayed. It is up to us to create our own stories and tell them in a way that is authentic and meaningful to our people and the world,” Audu Maikori said.

While giving the keynote speech at the forum, Kamala Harris said the creativity of Africa’s young leaders will shape the future of the world.

The forum featured panel discussions with other African and diaspora leaders in the entertainment industry.

This includes Iroko TV‘s Jason Njoku, CcHub’s managing partner Ojoma Ocha, and filmmaker Amarachi Nwosu.


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