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FG Plans to Invest more in Entertainment Infrastructure



The Federal Government says it will provide the needed facilities for the entertainment industry to thrive in the country.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said this in an interview on the sideline of the 4th All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2017 in Lagos.

He said that the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari, would continue to support the entertainment industry by providing infrastructural facilities.

On the significance of the AFRIMA to Nigeria’s economy and entertainment industry, Mohammed said that in order to encourage the entertainment industry, government would partner with private investors to invest more in the entertainment facilities.

“The entertainment industry is overwhelming in the world right now and in Nigeria we need to do more in providing right atmosphere which is infrastructural facilities for the industry.

“We are not just talking about power sector or water, we are talking about entertainment. We need to be on purpose, build halls that will encourage our artists and musicians.

“We are talking about domestic tourism, domestic market where we can really expose our artists, so this will not only be about government but also private sector to provide the infrastructure.

“On the part of government, we will encourage more private sector and philanthropists all over the world because it is not something we leave to government alone,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that hosting of event such as AFRIMA was another way of generating income for the government because of the tourism factor which could bring more earnings.

“Nigeria is having this event now, AFRIMA 2017, and we are talking about bringing another way of improving our economy through other income.

“We must not forget that Nigeria hosted same award last year and we have to make another positive request for this year so that it can remain in Nigeria.

“We thank the African Union (AU) for this opportunity for accepting Nigeria to host it again this year. We are also grateful to Lagos State government for the support of this award.

“The positive thing about the award is that we have been able to move the music industry from the back corner to the front burner,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that the concentration would not be placed only on agriculture or oil and gas, but also on creative industry as a means of diversifying the economy.

“This means when we are talking about economy, we are not just talking about agriculture, solid mineral or construction but actually more in the creative industry.

“Nigeria already has a very high advantage, and we can see that recently with the awards Nigerian are getting in the industry and most recent of the Wizkid award in U.K.

“This shows the kind of influence we can have in the creative industry which can be positive to our economy,’’ he said.

The minister was the Special Guest of Honour at the Awards Ceremony.

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NCC Seizes N36.1M Broadcast Materials, Apprehends 2 Suspects in Delta



The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), said it had seized broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million in Delta. Mr Augustine Amodu, the NCC Director of Enforcement, made the disclosure in Warri, while speaking with newsmen.

Amodu said that two suspects were also apprehended by the enforcement team and were currently detained at the facilities of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Warri.

He said the operation was carried out between March 13 and March 16, in Ughelli and Warri. The director of enforcement said the items seized included: several decoders, splitters, senders, boosters, adding that about two trucks load of wires were also destroyed in the operation.

“We conducted anti-piracy exercise in Ughelli and Warri between March 13 and 16, and we made a seizure of broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million.

” Following the zeal of the NCC Director-General, Mr Afam Ezekude on the enforcement of the Nigeria Copyright Law, we got complaints from the Multichoice DSTV.

“We raided three stations in Ughelli on the 13th and seized a lot of broadcast items, but no suspect was caught.

” Between 14th and 16th, we raided more than seven stations in Warri, and seized contrivances and also apprehended two suspects who are currently detained at the NDLEA facilities,” he said.

Amodu said that there was the need to sustain the anti-piracy operations, particularly on broadcast items in the Niger Delta region because the perpetrators quickly come back to resuscitate them as soon as the enforcement team left. ”

Under the leadership of the DG, Mr Ezekude, the enforcement of the Copyright Law has come to its height, today NCC has recorded 58 convictions and over 150 cases in the Federal High Courts,” he said.

The director of enforcement warned perpetrators who indulged in the illegalities to desist from it and sought for a better means of livelihood before the law catches up with them.

Amodu who said that piracy was a cankerworm that had eaten deeply into the fabric of the society, noted that it was a setback on the diversification policy of the Federal Government because it discourages legitimate creativity.

He advised the public not to patronise the perpetrators who he said do not pay tax to the government, “if you do, it will be unfortunate that you will begin to have a problem with us”.

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CNN African Voices Profiles Talents Behind the Camera



African talents, who operate behind the scenes from the camera, are the guests on this week’s edition of Globacom-sponsored African Voices on CNN International. The episode has the theme: “Through the Lens”.

The 30-minute magazine programme will feature great African photographers like Gerald Rambert of Mauritius, Omar Victor Diop of Senegal and Adnen Chaouchi of Tunisia.

Globacom in a press statement in Lagos on Friday urged viewers to watch African Voices on CNN at 7 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Further repeats will also run at 5 a.m. on Monday and at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The company announced that the CNN crew will go underwater with the Mauritian photographer, Rambert, as he introduces viewers to the world of deep sea photography. He will in the course of the interview  disclose how his big passion for the fish and the sea led him to spending hours in the water and finally to underwater photography.  Rambert today is the photographer for many acclaimed magazines.

The second guest is the Senegalese photographer, Omar Diop. He is a graduate of the Paris Business School and has worked in several multinationals before abandoning his corporate job to devote himself to photography. Viewers will find out how he is interchanging between photography and painting.

The final guest on the programme, Adnen Chaouchi, is a journalist and radio host who CNN said is changing the way news is consumed through mobile journalism. He is expected to talk about how he combines his job as a journalist with television production.

In the last edition of African Voices was dedicated to women across Africa who are driving the styles found on runways around the world including Ethiopia’s Anna Getaneh, Nafisa Hafiz of Sudan and Anita Beryl of Uganda.

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FBD‎ Holds 2nd Franchise Matchmaking Investment Forum



(L-R): Mr. Chukwuka Monye, Managing Partner of Ciuci Consulting and DG, Delta Economic Summit Group; Mrs. Tundun Adreribigbe, COO, House of Tara; Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, Convener and Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services; Mr. Kunal Malhotra, General Manager, First Choice Retailing Limited; and Mr. Emma Esinna of Curves Fitness during the recent Franchise Investment Forum at Oriental Hotel, V.I, Lagos.‎

Franchise Business Development Services (FBDS Nigeria) has said that its second (2nd) Franchise Matchmaking Forum will hold on Thursday 29th March 2018. ‎


Franchise Matchmaking Forum is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and representative of World Franchise Associates (WFA) in Nigeria


The Forum according to the company is a quarterly franchise investor’s forum, where CEOs of franchise brands (Franchisors) pitch their franchise opportunities to an audience of prospective franchise buyers (Prospective Franchisees).


Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, ‎Convener of the Forum, said that the forum is in line with the programmes in the calendar of the Nigeria 2018 Franchise Agenda, developed after a franchise industry stakeholders round table, which held in November 2017.


‎He said, the event offers the opportunity where the franchisor finds qualified potential franchisees who meet his brand’s criteria, and the potential franchisee meets the franchisor with a suitable proposition for his investment interest.


“Fund and support providers such as Nigeria American Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and commercial banks will be attending to provide support.


“The event holding at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos between 10am-6pm, will be attended by 20 local and international franchise brands like House of Tara, Experimac, ReMax, Avis, Meadow Foods, Chicken Republic, Studio24, BestChoice, among others, looking to expand in the lucrative Nigerian economy, and driven by the sheer volume of investible funds seeking promising franchising opportunities”, said Nwizu, the ‎Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services‎‎.‎


‎The reputable and successful franchise brands operating various businesses of varying investment sizes and industry categories will be pitching and exhibiting their franchise prospectus to the prospective franchise buyers.


“Invited franchise buyers who are only required to register at a dedicated event website ( include potential start-up entrepreneurs; corporate workers seeking investment or retirement plans; institutional investors looking forward to investing in new portfolios.


“The participants will in addition, be learning how franchising works, and various support services they can take advantage of. They will also have the privilege of meeting franchise fund providers and learn how they can access low-interest fund for franchise investment,” the Convener explained‎.‎




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