THE YEAR 2013 HAS ROLLED in and the clock is ticking day by day as it promises to be a year for grand-breaking events that will lay solid foundation for the entertainment industry in the year and many years to come.
Filmmakers will celebrate twenty years of Nollywood with a lot of glitz and glamour, workshops, hall of fame and an award night. It is a year that filmmakers will interact directly with the Bank of Industry (BOI) through a capacity building programme that will enhance their capacity to benefit more fully from President Good Luck Jonathan’s 200 million Dollars Film Intervention Fund and other areas. African Movie Award Academy (AMAA) will be held.
The Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers in partnership with the Pan-African University will host the Nigerian Film Investment Summit to close the knowledge gap between those who invest in the industry and those who wish to attract investment to the sector. The Lagos Film Festival will come up and it is expected to provide a forum for filmmakers to sit down and look for solution to some of the problems confronting the industry. More films of better quality will be produced, but there will be a general tendency to pan towards blue films and general loss of revenue due to government unless the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) which appears to be docile for now wakes up from slumber.
In terms of music, the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) will lead the way with a
week of activities including workshops and launch of a music foundation that is expected to take care of music education, indigent musicians and the fight against piracy. Music will pay as COSON will do all it can to share more money for musicians within her fold. The rainmaker, Majek Fashek and ‘If You Need a Woman Raise Up Your Hand’ proponent’, King Waleman will hit town with their new albums.