Top industry stakeholders recently gathered in Lagos state for a summit to discuss the proposed Creative Industries Development Bill (CIDB) and its potential to transform the Nigerian creative economy.
The CIDB is a collaborative effort between Nigeria’s creative industry and the presidency.
It is aimed at transforming the Nigerian creative space through access to funding, provision of incentives, enabling research, and the creation of an environment for skills development and training.
The bill also seeks to create a transparent, lean, and modern commission to serve as a one-stop shop for the creative industries.
When passed into law, the CIDB will be known as the Creative Industries Development Act (CIDA).
The summit, which was held from March 4 to 8, featured several activities.
At the summit, members of the CIDB team met with Ben Murray Bruce, Silverbird Group founder; Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media; Bolanle Austen-Peters, the filmmaker; and Chioma Ude; founder and the CEO of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
Other entertainment moguls at the event include Tega Oghenejobo, chief operating officer of Mavin Records, Ali Baba, Eyinna Nwigwe, Bovi, Nedu, and Chukwudi Ezugwu better known as Husband Material.
At one of the sessions, Obi Asika, CIDB stakeholders engagement sub-committee lead, described the proposed bill as “whole of government and whole of nation”.
On his part, Chukuka Chukuma, investment banker and the CIDB finance sub-committee lead, said all hands must be on deck to support the sector.
He explained that the bill is not intended to replace existing agencies but to act in the best interests of the creative industries, and drive collaboration.
At the event, members of the CIDB presidential advisory team gave further insights into the details of the CIDB.
They include Davidson Oturu, Ojoma Ochai, Tonye Faloughi-Ekezie, Baba Agba, Enyi Omeruah, Femi Odugbemi, Ijeoma Onah, Moses Babatope, Titilayo Adebola, and Eghosa Imasuen, Oswald Osaretin Guobadia, and Chichi Nwoko.
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