Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

 

Nigeria’s creative sector has long been recognized as a significant contributor to the nation’s economy, employing millions and demonstrating immense potential for further growth. With projections indicating the sector’s capacity to generate millions of additional jobs and contribute billions to the GDP, the need for strategic initiatives to empower and support creatives has become increasingly apparent.

Building on this imperative, the inaugural edition of The Creators Summit was held virtually in September 2023, garnering widespread acclaim for its impact in empowering young and aspiring individuals within Nigeria’s creative landscape. Now, the stage is set for the physical iteration of the summit, poised to take place on Saturday, March 30th, 2024.

Located in the vibrant heart of Lagos, specifically in the bustling Alimosho Local Government Area, the summit aims to reach the country’s largest demographic segment – its youth. By convening at the Pertinence Hall, participants will have the opportunity to engage with industry leaders and experts in an immersive environment designed to foster collaboration and learning.

The summit’s agenda is strategically crafted to address key facets of the creative industry, including technology, finance, and government policies. Renowned speakers, each with a proven track record of success and community-building within their respective domains, will share insights and best practices aimed at optimizing participants’ creative businesses for both local and global success.

Among the objectives of The Creators Summit are:

1. Empowering young and aspiring individuals within Nigeria’s creative industry with essential knowledge and resources to capitalize on local and global opportunities.

2. Facilitating productivity and development among creative entrepreneurs, thereby catalyzing expansion and job creation, particularly for women and youth.

3. Contributing to the overall growth of Nigeria’s economy through continued enlightenment and capacity-building within the dynamic creative sector.

With its focus on practical empowerment and tangible outcomes, the summit represents a significant step towards realizing the vision articulated by Ramin Toloui, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, who projected the creative industry to become Nigeria’s largest export sector, contributing significantly to the nation’s GDP by 2030.

Logo of the creators summit

As Nigeria’s creative ecosystem continues to evolve and expand, initiatives like The Creators Summit play a crucial role in nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and driving sustainable socio-economic development. Mark your calendars for March 30th, 2024, as stakeholders from across the creative spectrum converge to chart a course towards a brighter, more prosperous future for Nigeria’s creative economy.

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