Multiple award-winning R&B superstar Banky W, international entertainer and pathfinder D’banj, global dance sensation Kaffy, West African Idols winner and singer Timi Dakolo, multi-talented viral entertainer Falz, fast-rising singer Simi, Project fame super alumnus Praiz, and YBNL disruptors Adekunle Gold and Lil’ Kesh have all been confirmed to lead conversations at this year’s event.
Conference chairman Ayeni Adekunle says the music speakers and panelists for this year were chosen based on interests, experience and influence, in line with the theme of this year’s edition. ‘We’re gathering to tell and show the world how the creative industry can help save Nigeria’s economy, in the light of all that’s happening. Our music speakers and panelists will drive the conversation using personal case studies, work experiences, and show how the music scene can be harnessed to add value in a non-oil economy.’
According to Entertainment and Media Outlook report published by PwC, Nigeria’s entertainment and media market grew by 19.3% in 2014 reaching US$4.0 billion. The entertainment sector in Nigeria is ranked the fastest-expanding major market globally and is predicted to rise at an impressive forecast CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 15.1%. “By 2019, the market will be more than twice as big, with estimated total revenue of US$8.1billion” concludes the report.
Some of the musicians, including D’Banj confirmed they will make major announcements on new projects expected to solve pertinent problems.
The musicians will join their colleagues from Nollywood, comedy, media, IT, fashion, sports and allied sectors to discuss issues and solutions, network and connect, while demonstrating ideas, products and services that can potentially deliver the kind of innovation the industry in particular, and the country at large, desperately needs.
NECLive is organized by THENETNG, in partnership with several Nigerian and international organizations. The event will hold at Landmark Events Center, in Lagos on Wednesday April 20, 2016, with comedian Tee A as host. Other confirmed speakers and panelists include Funke Akindele, Julius Agwu, Bovi, Tony Ojobo, Gbenga Adeyinka, Funke Bucknor Obruthe, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Wole Oguntokun, Tunde Falase, Oye Akideinde, Joyce Ize-Iyamu, DJ Caise, Emem Ema, Kayode Olowu, Wana Udoabang and many others