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Mo Abudu, Chris Ubosi, Joke Silva, Jason Njoku, Folake Folarin-Coker & More to Speak at the British Council Creative Expo Nov. 26-27th, 2013


I remain highly impressed with the work Nkiru Asika has done and continues to do in Nigeria’s creative industries; and hope she continues to obtain the support she needs to execute her vision and take her non-profit organization, Enterprise Creative, to higher heights.

I share her work often here on AML and hope you all find it useful, as the content  and networking opportunities is really quite rich for creatives. Also AML folks, when you attend these events, feel free to jot down your impressions and forward to me to share with our community. Do include a byline of yourself i.e. your full name and what you do.

Check out Nkiru’s latest project with the British Council/the release sent and I hope some of you can make it.

It’s good to see the fashion industry represented in the mix.



Creative industry stakeholders will converge at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos on November 26th and 27th, 2013 for the third annual British Council Creative Expo. The theme of the 2013 Creative Expo will be: “Capacity” – The Building Blocks for a Competitive Creative Economy. “We want to focus on the vital agenda of lifting the skills, capacity and confidence of talent in the Nigerian creative industries,” said Ojoma Ochai, Assistant Director of the British Council, Nigeria.

The Creative Expo will discuss and debate current measures to develop talent, best practices, case studies and different approaches to building professional, technical and business capacity across the diverse creative industries. On the second day of the Expo, participants will co-create a strategic plan for growing Nigeria’s creative economy. “We will explore the different strands of capacity building, from the role of Government to private educational institutions, incubation to enterprise development, sector-led strategies to mentoring and more,” said Nkiru Asika, CEO of Enterprise Creative, producers of the 2013 Creative Expo.

The Expo will feature a roster of high-level speakers including Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO Ebony Life TV; Steve Moffitt, CEO, A New Direction, UK; Bunmi Oke, CEO 141 Worldwide & President Advertising Association of Nigeria; Chris Ubosi, CEO Megalectrics; Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise Creative; Folake Folarin-Coker, Creative Director, Tiffany Amber; Jason Njoku, CEO Iroko Partners; Wole Odetayo, CEO Wennovation Hub; Yemisi Ilo, CEO Ileke Media; Joke Silva, award-winning Actress & Co-Founder, Lufodo Academy; Dr Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy UK; Sandra Obiago, Founder CFC & Associate Producer Half of a Yellow Sun. More names will be announced as they are confirmed to speak.

The British Council Creative Expo is free to attend, however registration is required.

You can register via or directly at Eventbrite on:: (for Day 1) and (Day 2). Spaces will be allocated on a first come basis.


Even more event details for Day 1

Event Details
The British Council has, for two years, run a yearly creative industries expo to stimulate debate on issues relevant to the growth of Nigeria’s creative industries. The expo also creates a platform for a cross-sectoral exhibition of Nigerian creativity and creates an opportunity for networking between creative entrepreneurs working in Nigeria and the UK.

In 2011, the event focused on ‘Creative Industries in an emerging economy’ and the event report is attached. In 2012 the expo focused on ‘Investing in the Nigerian Creative Industries’.

The theme of the 2013 Creative Expo will be: “Capacity” – The Building Blocks For a Competitive Creative Economy with the sub themes of Skills, Excellence and Leadership. Industry feedback has signalled that skills development is a critical component for development of Nigeria’s burgeoning creative industries. The Expo will explore opportunities, challenges, trends, case studies, best practices and different approaches to building professional, technical and business capacity across the broad creative sector. From Government intervention to private educational institutions, incubation to sector-led strategies, enterprise development to mentoring, the subject of skills development brings up fascinating and diverse threads.

As usual, the Expo will feature leading speakers from Nigeria and the UK, sharing knowledge and sparking interactive discussion about how to move the creative industries forward.

This year’s Expo will also include break-out sessions to tackle certain subjects in depth, and the result of these discussions will be compiled in a communiqué that will be forwarded to industry, government, business, academia and other stakeholders.

8.00 – 9.00 Registration/Coffee
9.00 – 9.05 Welcome Remarks – Director, British Council
9.05 – 9.15 Setting the Agenda – Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise Creative
9.15 – 09.45 Special Guest Address: Honourable Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
09.45 – 10.15 Keynote: Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive of A New Direction, London
10.20 -10.45 Q&A with Honourable Minister of Finance & Steve Moffitt moderated by Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise

10.50 – 11.40 Panel 1 SKILLS
Moderator: Dr Tom Fleming, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

Presentation 1: Senior Representative from Skillset, UK: Enterprise Training, Industry Development,& Sustainable Job Creation

Presentation 2: FolakeFolarin-Coker, Founder, Creative Director Tiffany Amber: Balancing management, entrepreneurialism and creativity
Banky W, CEO EME Records TBC

Presentation 3: Mo Abudu, Founder/CEO, Ebony Life TV: Talent Identification, Development and Management.
11.40 – 12.00 Tea Break

12.05 – 1.30pm Panel 2 EXCELLENCE
Moderator: Nkiru Asika, CEO Enterprise Creative

Presentation 1: Prof Emevwo Biakolo, Dean School of Media & Communications, Pan-Atlantic University TBC

Presentation 2: Jason Njoku, CEO Iroko Partners: Case Study on SPARK

Presentation 3: Yemisi Mokuolu, Director, Hatch Events, UK: Nurturing excellence in the creative talent pool.
1.35 -2.25pm LUNCH
2.30 – 3.00pm KEYNOTE: Professor Robin Baker OBE, Director of Ravensbourne College, UK: New models for creative education and skills – the Ravensbourne experience.
3.00pm – 4.30pm Panel 3 SECTOR-LED STRATEGY

Discussion Panel
Moderator: Sandra Obiago, Founder CFC, Assoc Producer, Half of a Yellow Sun.
Nike Awoyinka, International Business Director, Rabensbourne College, UK
Chris Ubosi, CEO Megaletrics
Joke Silva, Director, Lufodo Academy
Bunmi Oke, CEO 141 Worldwide & President Advertising Association of Nigeria
Dr M.K. Ladipo, Rector, Yaba College of Technology


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