“I continue to consider shutting down the paper and focusing on our web and mobile platforms. But those too, have their own challenges in a peculiar system like Nigeria. We are the biggest target for content thieves, from radio to TV and web. It’s so frustrating I’m tempted to name names. We’ve had to write many of them and are even considering legal action against some” writes NET founder and Publisher Adekunle Ayeni as he welcomed speakers and guests to the 2nd edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference which held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Grand Ballroom of Eko Hotels and Suites. The conference which is in its second year had as Speakers Economic tycoon, Professor Pat Utomi, Omotala Jalade Ekeinde, Innocent ‘2face’ Idibia, NBC DG Emeka Mba. The panelists included Edi Lawani, Olisa Adibua, Tony Okoroji, Uche Jumbo, Ramsey Nouah, Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth) and Obi Asika. Others included Toni Kan, Steve Onu(Yaw), Femi Aderibigbe(Kwame), Sidney Esiri(Dr. Sid), Toyosi Akerele et al.
“Talent is not enough”-Omotola
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While delivering her speech, Nollywood goddess Omotola Jalade Ekeinde outlined that it wasn’t enough for entertainers to rely only on their talents but should also endeavor to get educated. “Education is not compulsory but will take you farther. Your talent is not enough”, Omosexy stressed in her speech titled ‘Why We Should Care’. Omotola further emphasized that “Entertainers are the true leaders. We have been the sleeping giant for too long. Let’s wake up and lead. Let’s use our influence right”.
“Show business is business” – Pat Utomi.
Speaking on the topic ‘The Distribution Problem Once and For All’, former Presidential hopeful Professor Pat Utomi posits that entertainment should be paid more attention to as it was a serious business and not an hobby. In his words, he said “Show business has to be treated like business. And because you love it, you need to learn how to apply things that people have learned from enterprise”. On the menace of piracy eating deep into the industry, Utomi said “It is important for us to have a campaign to kick against piracy”.
“Let’s not lay blames but tackle the Monster”- 2face.
On his part, African Queen crooner who is one of the most successful African musicians to have come out of Nigeria said the battle over rights collection must be settled for the industry to move forward. 2face who spoke on ‘Slaying the Collective Rights Monster’ said “The monster has to be tackled and wrestled to the ground. I am not an aristocrat but I have common sense and knowledge”. He further said “There is a task bestowed for me to say this today’ that is why I stand before you. This is not the time for ‘he said, she said’, we need to protect our IP. Try to know your rights”.
Other speakers also opined their different views which can elevate the industry. The various panelists also did justice to their topics as the war over rights collection again took the center stage.
Nigeria Entertainment Conference in its second year is designed to discuss the numerous problems confronting the entertainment industry and to proffer lasting solutions. This year’s central theme is ‘Creating Pathways to the Future’. The conference also celebrated some industry veterans who have contributed immensely to the growth of the industry. The honored entertainers include Ebenezer Obey, Daddy Showkey, Onyeka Onwenu, Jide Kosoko, Adebayo Salami and Sunday Omobolanle. Others are Zeb Ejiro, Ojb Jezereel, Obi Asika, Jacob Akinyemi Johnso, Ayo Animashaun et al.
In a related development, Nigeria Entertainment Today (NET) has entered its fourth year in circulation. The leading entertainment newspaper founded by foremost PR practitioner Adekunle Ayeni(Ayeni the great) has over the years been in the forefront of reporting entertainment in its most professional manner as agreed by fans and critics alike.
Some of its biggest pieces are the debut edition which chronicled the life,times and death of late rapper Dagrin who died in a car crash four years ago. The paper also came under the spotlight with the exclusive interview it held with koko crooner Dbanj in the wake of the Mo’Hits breakup.
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