It was an impactful session at the fifth edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference, NECLive5, which held on Wednesday 26th April at Landmark Centre, Victoria Island Lagos.
The event, which was organized by Mr. Ayeni Adekunle, CEO of Black House Media, had dignitaries cut across the movie, comedy, music, and dance industries.
Neclive5 had several discussions and the panelists of each category pummeled on the missing factor needed to move the Nigerian entertainment industry forward.
On the Comedy Session Panel was the King of Nigerian Comedy, Ali Baba, Shola Thompson, Idemudia Dima-Okojie, Woli Arole, and veteran showbiz promoter and founder of ‘Night of A Thousand Laughs’, Opa Williams.
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Woli Arole, who started gaining recognition on Instagram for his funny skirts, buttressed a point that Comedians are neither fools nor jesters. However, are Laugh Doctors who ease stress and tension from their audience by bringing out humor from any and every situation.
However, are Laugh Doctors who ease stress and tension from their audience by bringing out humor from any and every situation. He went on to urge Nigerians to take Comedians more seriously as they are very responsible people.
One of the highlights of the conference was when an upcoming rapper from Owerri raised a question about the need for an up comer to have a Godfather in the industry who would sponsor them since almost every Radio house demands money to get an artiste’s work on air.
His question was flipped to an opportunity for him to rap on stage. Unfortunately, the rapper lost his one minute of fame as he could not drop a line of his work . . . he shied away saying he quits music.
The Nollywood session was quite interesting and heated up as Nollywood actresses Toyin Abraham [formerly Aimakhu] attacked the Wedding Party Bride, Adesua Etomi for not being a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria.
Adesua, in her defence, said she’s not a member of the Guild because ‘the actors guild isn’t well structured.’
Daddy Showkey, who was among the panel on the music panel said the new generation artistes want to get famous and rich but do not want to work hard for it.
“New generation artistes need to understand that they’re not the first to get international attention. Some of us were approached over two decades ago for our ‘local’ content.”
The audience was later split into 3 smaller groups; Actors/Filmmakers, Comedians, and Dancers, where Kemi Lala Akindoju, Frank Donga and Teju Baby Face, and Kaffi headed the groups respectively.
The conference was anchored by Tee A and had the following entertainers functioning in different capacities: Patrick Doyle, Frank Edoho,, Iyanya, Basket Mouth, Mr, 2kay, Cobhams Asuqwo, Suen Akinbaloye of Channels, and more.