Nigerian actress, producer and entrepreneur Funke Akindele has been confirmed to speak at the fourth edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference holding in Lagos on April 20.
The multiple award-winning Nollywood star who’s behind the viral Jenifa series, will make her NECLive debut as one of the lead speakers in a session on ‘The Economy of Talents’.
Funke Akindele joins other Nollywood stars like Amaka Igwe, Gab Okoye, Ramsey Nouah, Kunle Afolayan, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Joke Silva, Ibinabo Fiberesima, Nse Ikpe-Etim and Chioma Ude, who have appeared on NECLive since it was founded in 2013.
A compendium of Africa’s entertainment industry analysis compiled by PwC forecasts that in 2019, the steadily growing Nigerian filmed entertainment sector will be worth US$295 million, up from US$183 million as of 2014, rising at a compound annual growth rate of 10.1%, the report notes. It further enthused “the country’s box office is expected to perform well as cinemas are built and upgraded. Box office revenue will reach US$207 million by 2019, up from US$103 million recorded in 2014”.
This year’s edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference will hold on Wednesday April 20, 2016 at Landmark Events Centre, in Lagos.
Founder of Nigerian Entertainment Today, and chairman of NECLive, Ayeni Adekunle says this year’s theme is ‘ Entertainment Industry as ‘Last Hope’ for Africa’s Largest Economy’, with speakers and panelists drawn from a wide range of industries across the public and private sectors.