…Nigerian Entertainment Conference?My silent salient thoughts!

I received with great joy the news of the forth coming Nigerian
Entertainment Conference-A dose of a prescribed medicine to be taken
in time. The Nigerian Entertainment Conference is a wonderful idea; a
noble cause, with good line up of speakers and panelists, deliberating
on topics worth discussing.
The theme of the conference is??building the industry of our dreams?.
The conference, which will debut on Friday April 26, 2013, ?is an
invaluable initiative needed at this critical time in our industry,
to steer the different sectors and associated elements, in the
appropriate direction?, according to?NET?founder Ayeni Adekunle.
Nigerian Entertainment Conference will cover all the sectors
associated with the entertainment industry. These include Fashion,
Music, Movies/Films, and Media. Others are Sports, Arts, IT, Comedy
and Events.
?The Nigerian entertainment industry has shown its capacity ? if
we?ve been able to generate billions of dollars without any visible
structures or government support, then imagine what would happen if
we?re able to put our house in order? And I say ?put our house in
order? because no one will do it for us. Not the government, not the
?corporates?. If it?s ever going to happen, then practitioners will
have to be the ones to spearhead it. And it all starts with this
As the entertainment business the world over continues to see rapid,
shocking changes, with the future of the industry increasingly relying
on information technology and new ideas, NET says it?s bringing
practitioners in Nigeria together, to ?study the global trend,
understand it, master it, and put it to use ? for the benefit of
practitioners, consumers, corporates and society?.
After gladly spreading the message in my coast (Uyo-Akwa Ibom State)
where I currently reside, I thought again and said to myself ?for the
conference to achieve its set goals and its effects felt in all nooks
and crannies of the country and industry, then all hands must be on
I observed closely the marginalization of some sectors of the industry
and the key players therein, a quick example is in the absence of
Copyright Society of Nigeria, Performing Musicians Association of
Nigeria, Association of Artistes and Music Managers, agencies and
NGO?s like those fighting the piracy scourge with the Marketers, not
excluding entertainment stakeholders and practitioners in different
states of the federation.
The entertainment industry does not begin and end in Lagos, and as
such, the fate of the million people in the industry cannot be left in
the hands of an active few.
If adequate attention is not given to details like I just highlighted,
the conference will be a conversation like Ayeni said, and the same
old story of a group of people capitalizing on their strength and
relationships in the entertainment industry and using it to milk out
some companies and government.
Sincerely I am not out to condemn the efforts of the Ayeni led NET
team or criticize them, but to suggest and request by means of this
open letter and subsequent conversations on different platforms, that
the afore mentioned sectors should be made arrangement for in the
quest to move the industry forward.
Years after the birth and boom of the Nigerian Entertainment industry,
the number of people that depends on it for livelihood has grown
exponentially, and I make bold to say that I am in the forefront of
those who are galvanizing for a Bureau or Ministry of entertainment in
states of the federation, and or at national level, the establishment
will help mediate with Government and regulate the activities
concerning the entertainment industry.
I just had to share my silent thoughts, and I was motivated to take it
a step further by Ayeni, who believes that ?The conversation has been
on for years, conversations about the way forward for the art and
business of entertainment in Nigeria. And, since NET was established
three years ago, we?ve been at the forefront of efforts to get the
conversation going.? Now, it?s time to bring everyone together so we
can begin an active process of re-organisation?.
Yours Truly,

Nelson NseAbasi


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