British Council kicks off conference to promote collaboration between UK and Nigerian creative industry stakeholders

Creative Industries Conference and Expo Flier

Abuja | 20 April 2016 – Key public and private sector stakeholders in the Nigerian and UK creative industries will meet to discuss ways to stimulate creative sector collaboration between both countries at the 2016 Creative Industries Conference and Expo on 26 and 27 April.

The annual event, organised by British Council, is presented this year in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture as part of the British Council UK/NG 2015–2016 programme which aims to stimulate further bilateral collaboration between the creative industries in both countries.

Keynote speeches on the economic importance of creative industries to Nigeria and the UK, as well as panel discussions on Investment Models for the industry and more, will be delivered at the conference.

The event will also feature panel discussions as well as trade and creative showcases. It will be opened by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will also give a key note speech alongside Mr Graham Sheffield (CBE), (Global) Director of Arts, British Council. The various sessions will feature different high profile speakers including the Commissioner for Arts, Tourism and Culture, Lagos State, Mr Folorunsho Coker and Mrs Eugenia Abu, Executive Director NTA.   Other speakers include Akin Oyebode (Lagos State Employment Trust Fund) and Audu Maikori, Chocolate City Group. UK speakers also include Tom Fleming, one of the leading Creative Economy experts in the world, and Yemisi Mokuolu of Hatch Africa, UK.

The British Council’s joint vision with the ministry is that through discussions like these that lead to concrete international partnerships (particularly with the UK), Nigeria can become a leading Creative Economy globally, matching dynamic Creative Economies elsewhere. Ms Connie Price, Country Director British Council Nigeria, when speaking of the conference said – I am glad to say that this conference helps us contribute to ongoing discussions about how to create, and sustain, the enabling environment that will make this possible.


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The One to Watch | IAMISIGO

IAMSIGO is a creative fashion brand that have been consistently present in the African Fashion Industry in the past few years. This season they are once again dazzling us with their latest pieces. This season, their collection takes its inspiration from celebrating Ghana’s glorious history, the place where it all started for the brand.
In their latest collection IAMSIGO reaches back to the roots of Sankofa – the Akan concept, where one must reach back to the past and retrieve it, in order to truly visualize their direction for the brand.
GHANA meaning “Warrior King” is a country which is rich in historical art, story telling, tradition and most of all in colors. Its relentless climb to the top is no surprise for a nation built on the shoulders of one of the greatest Kingdoms in African History, the Akan Kingdom and Asante nation.
The collection pays homage to the “Modern Hunter” in us and takes inspiration from the 17th century folktales surrounding an ancient fabric technique called “Kente”locally known in Asante as “Nwentoma (woven cloth )” a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan people of Ghana.
Assimilating the trades of hunters to their brand, IAMSIGO is constantly on the look out for the next new trend and the next look, hunting down pieces to create the perfect looks fusing both the past and present.
With their SS16 collection they spread across the idea of hunting being a “sport” as most of the Ghanaian warriors were usually hunters like the great Ghanaian female hunting warrior, Queen “Yaa Asantewaa” – the Queen who led men to fight the British in 1900 .Her signature warrior outfit included an embellished smock made from nwentoma”, which was able to conceal her female identity during battles as well as a form of protection due to the texture of the garment.
This collection focused on fabrics that would suit “the modern hunter”. Colors are focusing primarily on a lot of Red to represent the blood of the great Ghanaian ancestors, paired with the use of fabrics such as mesh (airtex and cotton),
velvet, cotton along with the silk, rayon and cotton composition for their signature nwentoma for embellished smocks. IAMSIGO also venture into accessories featuring a range of leather strapped neck pieces, and shoes in collaboration with Nigerian shoe brand names Etniks .
This creative brand is definitely one to keep an eye on in 2016.
Interview by Crystal Deroche for The View Lifestyle.