By Jonathan Ugbal
The British government through the British Council has confirmed that it will be hosting a Creative Hustle event in Calabar as part of the annual Calabar Festival.
The Creative Hustle is a series of TED styled talks hosted across the country, with the aim of building young people’s awareness about job and career opportunities that are largely unexplored mostly in the ‘backend’ and relating to management and technical vocations in the Nigerian Creative Sector, said the Senior Special Adviser to the Cross River State Government on Creative and Knowledge Economy, Honorable Emmanuel Etim.
Mr. Etim told CrossRiverWatch that the event is planned to hold at the prestigious Calabar International Convention Center on Friday 15th December, 2017 at 10am with the theme: “Creative Industry: The Key to Sustainable Economic Growth.”
Etim who spoke on behalf of the organizers said three speakers are expected in this year’s event and have been selected from among Cross River State leading Creative Entrepreneurs.
“The Speakers include: Mr. Fidelis Duker, Mrs. Oleyi Itu and Mr. Opubo Braide,” Mr. Etim said and gave a brief background of the three speakers.
“Mr. Fidelis Duker is an award winning filmmaker based in Lagos, Nigeria.
“Fidelis has an MBA in International Business from the Crawford University in Nigeria and an International Certificate in Production from the School of Theatre, Film and Television University of California Los Angeles.
“With a first degree in Mass Communication, Fidelis has produced and Directed several award winning motion picture contents.
“Some of his works include Nemesis (1994), Not My Will (1996), Blood Brothers (1999), Senseless (2008), Something is wrong in Lagos (2014), FELA my friend (2016).
“He is presently the regional secretary general of FEPACI for West Africa and the MD/CEO of FAD MEDIA GROUP owners of FAD FM 93.1 Calabar, Abuja International Film Festival, FAD Productions Ltd and FAD Publishing Ltd.
“Mrs. Sandra Itu is the Chief Executive Officer of Leyi Ush, a fashion brand that offers emerging and established designers space in its studio to showcase their merchandise and grow their brands.
“Sandra Itu grew up in Calabar and studied Social Work at the University of Calabar. She is a certified Fashion Stylist from the School of Style, California and University of the Arts, London.
“In 2016, she was nominated for the Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion and in 2017, chosen as one of the 50 “Future Leaders: Young People to Watch” in Cross River in recognition of her efforts to promote indigenous fashion globally.
“Sandra remains committed to promoting the Nigerian fashion industry and putting Cross River State on the global fashion map.
“Mr. Braide Opubo is a pianist, music producer and sound engineer. He holds a B.Sc in Mathematics and Statistics/Computer science from the University of Calabar as well as a diploma in sound production from the SAE Institute in Cape Town.
“Braide ran a recording label for many years. His model was unique as well artiste under his label were trainee producers and to this day use the skills to earn a living.
“While running his recording studio in Nigeria, he was archiving traditional African rituals and social performance music often presented as live masquerades and mini orchestra.
“Early in his career, he composed sound tracks for Nigerian shows and popular Nigerian “Nollywood movies.”
“While in Cape Town, he organized the Creative Project; a live event focused on bringing underground talents and creative minds from different backgrounds and countries together on one stage.
“Back in Nigeria, he is doing the same thing with Children and now is gearing towards hosting Creative Project 2 in Nigeria,” Etim said.
He encouraged all stakeholders to plan to attend the event and be part of the development of the Creative Economy in the State.