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Entertainment experts take centre stage at 2015 AGC


As RMD, Kunle Afolayan, Mo Abudu, Ali Baba, Bolanle Austen-Peters and others engage the legal industry towards advancement

CNBC Africa in February 2015 reported that Nigeria’s music industry produces over 550 albums of different kinds of music annually, with record sales which have more than tripled in the past five years. Industry stakeholders project that the country’s entertainment industry would hit one billion dollars by 2016.

With a market worth billions and an entertainment industry growing at a record breaking speed, stakeholders of the talent-based industry continue to drive developments; putting in place strategies and structures to enhance productivity and increase output in the market.

The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) which provides a platform yearly for this industry at its Annual Business Law conferences, will this year hold a showcase session dubbed, ‘The Nollywood session’ at the forthcoming Annual General Conference (AGC)of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

The breakout session themed, “Providing Legal Support For The Talent-Based Industry: Special Focus On Movies, Music, Comedy And Sports” is part of the SBL programme for the NBA 2015 Annual General Conference and will hold on Wednesday 26th august, 2015 at the ‘Big Hall’ of the International Conference Centre (ICC), venue of the AGC.

Among the speakers for this session are, Richard Mofe Damijo (Veteran Actor and Producer), Yahaya Maikori, Partner, Law Allianz, Director, Chocolate City Group, Rex Nwakodo, Partner Sheridans London, and Amaju Pinnick.

The equally interesting panel of discussants include, Mo Abudu, Founder/CEO Ebony Life TV, Kunle Afolayan, Ace movie producer and actor, Afam Ezekude, DG, Nigerian Copyright Commission), Ali Baba, Ace comedian, Yewande Sadiku, MD, StanbicIBTC Capital Limited, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Founder, Terra Culture, amongst others.


The Section on Business Law (SBL) is one of the specialist sections of the NBA, set up primarily to engender the professional development of Nigerian commercial lawyers; thereby raising the level of business law practice in Nigeria. The Section has Nineteen (19) Committees, specifically established to cover various sectors and industries of the economy (including entertainment and media) – with a view to enhancing commercial law practice among Nigerian lawyers and Law firms.

Committees include, Banking, Finance and Insolvency, Infrastructure and Power, Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Restructurings, Competition Law, Travel, Hospitality and Tourism, Employment and Industrial Relations, Entertainment Media & Sports, Intellectual Property, Arbitration and ADR, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Aviation, Consumer Protection and Product Liability, etc.

The SBL breakout session at the AGC will feature two robust sessions. The first session which opens at 2:00pm up until 4:00pm, will discuss, “Human Capital Development as an Imperative for National Growth” while the second is the showcase (Nollywood) session.

Speaking at the first session, is Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, MFR, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund), while on the panel of discussants are, Foluso Phillips, Executive Chairman, Phillips Consulting Limited, Ken Igbokwe (Chairman, Execution Edge Limited, former country partner Price Waterhouse Coopers PWC); Prof. Ngozi Osarenren (Department of Education, UNILAG and former Commissioner of Education, Edo State); and Dr. Bankole Sodipo.


The Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association will hold from August 21-28, 2015 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘LAWYERS AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT’.

This year’s Conference promises to surpass the standards set by previous editions with well over one thousand delegates being expected as well as a distinguished faculty of knowledgeable and accomplished speakers and resource persons drawn from within and outside Nigeria.