It is good to see Hakeem Kae Kazeem laying a stronger foundation for himself and his family by tapping into his Nigerian roots to leverage the power of his brand locally.
Talents, especially those of you in Western markets like the UK and the USA, if you have been hitting that wall or maybe not necessarily progressing as much as you would (becoming household names for example) in the Western markets in your creative sector, don’t be afraid to explore other markets. Further, your first option to think about is how to take advantage of the fact that you are also African and specifically look at entertainment markets on the continent starting with where your family hails from. I would also say that for non-Nigerian talents, you should still think about boldly entering into the Nigerian entertainment market, the largest entertainment market on the continent.
There should be a clear strategy and hiring of the right team to help you execute your vision, this includes, needless to say, your attorney, manager and public relations team. I would also recommend looking for these professionals in the local African entertainment markets you intend to enter.
I think Hakeem Kae Kazim would make for a very good ambassador because he appears credible and relatable. If you are a talent like Hakeem leveraging the Nigerian market, it makes for a great alternative and consistent income and you also build an even stronger acting resume because you are given more diverse roles, among other things.
“Nigerian born Hollywood actor HAKEEM KAE KAZEEM – appointed New Global Ambassador for Africa 2.0 (2014-2016)
Founded in 2010, Africa2.0 composed of 450+ young African leaders from more than 41 nationalities sharing a collective vision for Africa.Members are committed to the development of the continent through effective initiatives.
Members of Advisory board include Chairman Africa 2.0: Hon Olusegun Obasanjo, H.E. Joaquim Kissano- former President of Mozambique & Reverend Jesse Jackson amongst others.
Africa2.0 is a D-ink Tank (a Think Tank that Does Things) committed to thought leadership through concrete and exemplary actions.
HAKEEM KAE KAZIM: “I am truly honoured to be associated with Africa2.0- a pioneering platform for a new generation of African leaders to inspire & create a solid infrastructure- to shape a brighter future
for our Continent”
HAKEEM KAE KAZIM ‘s new role will see him participate in AFRICA 2.0 global campaigns spanning across its 29 Chapter Countries.
HAKEEM KAE KAZIM has featured in BLOCKBUSTERS: PIRATES of CARIBBEN/24/HOTEL RWANDA/HALF A YELLOW SUN/LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA. . .”