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The ‘African Women in Arts Conference ‘Amfest Lagos 2019’ – Full Post-event Report

The AMFEST EXPO Project is an SME/Enterprise Development initiative, targeted at Business Owners in 6 disciplines in the Creative Sector in both local & International meetings which delivers the following; Capacity Building to enable Professionals understand and navigate the value chain of their industries, Networking local and international buyers of products & services from these industries and Showcase Opportunity platforms for Business Owners, to enable them generate commercial patronage for their products & services, from local and international buyers.

Amfest track record includes Nine local and international meetings from 2018 & four showcase events.

The Lagos edition of this year’s Creative Industry Business Summit organised by the AMFEST EXPO Project eith the theme, ‘African Women in Arts & Culture Conference’, ended in Lagos over the weekend on September 7. The bespoke creative industry meetings were held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. The 3-day Conference was tuned to meet the needs of professionals in the Music, Film, Fashion, Food, and Creative Arts industries.

As it was with the Ghana edition of the Conference in July, it witnessed the convergence of Women Experts and Business Leaders in different disciplines in the creative industry. Together, they discussed the growth of the creative sector and enterprise along its value chain. Discussions were centered around how creative industry practitioners could leverage on the size of the African market for better economic returns. Talks were also held about the need to always deliver quality products and services, and also the need to network beyond Nigeria for artistic and cultural exchanges. The need for creative women to be more aggressive in gaining showcase opportunities beyond geographical boundaries was also touched.

Here is a summary of each of the sessions;

Food Session

The foodAMFEST Culinary Conference included Mr Shile Jadesimi (An International Chef, Investor, and Hospitality Expert) who spoke on the topic, ‘Spreading the African Cuisine Culture.’

Panelist

Atim Ukoh – Founder of Afrolems blog.

Edache Obe – Founder of Lagos Foodie Association

Timi Oke – Former Caterer for Chelsea F.C

Joel Adu – Food Photographer.

 

Creative Arts Session.

The creativeartsAMFEST Conference had Mrs Esther Akinnukawe (Chief Human Resource Officer of MTN PLC, Nigeria) giving the Conference Opening Speech.

Mrs Bibi Bunmi Apampa, a Best Selling Author, was the Keynote Speaker and she spoke on the topic, ‘Women Educating the World through her Art.’

Panelist.

Eniola Odunuga – Photographer

Tolulope Adekuoroye – Photographer

Aderemi Davies – AMVCA nominated Filmmaker

 

Fashion Session

The fashionAMFEST had Tonia Ahanor, a beauty pageant consultant, as the Keynote Speaker and she spoke on the topic, ‘Modelling Industry (Social & Commercial Structures)’

Panelist

Ovo Ogufere – Model Scout

Robert Santiago – Paegent Event Producer

Violet Ejiata – Cosmetic Expert.

 

Film Session

The filmAMFEST Conference had Busola Olugbemileke, a TV Producer’, as the Keynote Speaker and she spoke on the topic, ‘Boardroom Essentials for The African Women sealing Big & Impactful Deals in the Film Business.’

Panelist

Biodun Stephens – Filmmaker

Nadine Ibrahim –  Filmmaker

Uduak Isong – Film Producer

Judith Audu – Actress & Filmmaker.

 

Music Session

The musicAMFEST Conference had Mrs Doja Allen, MD City 105.1 FM, Lagos, as the Keynote Speaker and she spoke on the topic, ‘African Women Becoming a Voice Through Artistic & Business Collaborations.’

Panelist

Ngozi Omambala – NMO management & PR.

DJ Lambo – Foremost Deejay

Ruby Gyang – Performing Artiste

Bukunmi Adeaga – Celebrity Stylist.

 

The AMFEST EXPO Project Director, Mr Olukayode Adebayo, at the closing speech of the 3-day Conference announced Kigali, Rwanda and Durban, South Africa, as locations for the remaining meetings for 2019.

 

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