Partner: British Council
Genre: Creative Arts and Film
The British Council was established in 1934 and currently operates from offices in Abuja, Kano, Lagos and Port-Harcourt and continues to engage in cultural relations work, building links between citizens of the United Kingdom and Nigeria. British council’s activities are delivered through Arts, Education, English and Society business units as well as a thriving exams unit providing opportunities for thousands of Nigeria to acquire globally recognized qualifications.
The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organization, a component of international relations which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact. Using English, Arts, and Education and Society – considered the best of UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and to attract partners to working with the UK.
Background to the Project- Gentalks Creative
‘GenTalks Creative: Growth Strategies for the Nigerian Creative Economy”
The Nigerian creative economy is one of the country’s major success stories. Within and outside the continent, Nigerian creative businesses have redefined the perception of the country and what it stands for. From Film to Music, Fashion to Photography, the creative economy is setting the pace for innovation on the continent. If this economy is able to do so well without the structure and processes that drive creativity in developed countries, imagine what would happen if systems are put in place to guide the growth of local creative businesses. To this end, British Council in partnership with First Bank are working with Genvoices on their platform GenTalks Creative, to deliver a blueprint for the development and advancement of Nigeria’s Creative Economy.
The programme was aimed at gathering ideas on sector development strategies and reinforce young people’s capacity to participate and lead policy and sector development. This project stimulated solution-focused debate and discourse based on already articulated growth barriers to the Nigerian Creative Industries.
- Stakeholders Meeting: Critical creative industry stakeholders were invited for a meeting at British Council on the 4th of November 2014. At the meeting, details of the project were shared with them and their input and recommendations collected and incorporated into the project planning process. 38 stakeholders in attendance. This event held at British Council Office
- Media Parley: A cluster of media practitioners from various media houses were invited for a parley held at British Council on the 6th of November 2014. 25 press stakeholders were in attendance. This event held at British Council Office
- Face to Face events: A cluster of young people creative entrepreneurs working in the industry get trained on policy advocacy and also share their view on the problems they face in their sectors in the creative industry. More information below.