Advanced Technology has been prescribed as the only solution to the rising cases of piracy killing the Nigerian film industry. This was the submission of the Geeks on a Plane crew on a visit to Nigeria. The Geeks on A Plane are visiting 4 major African cities starting with Lagos Nigeria in a 2 and half-week tour.
answering questions from journalists at a Press Conference on Monday at the Eko Hotel in Lagos on Monday, March 20, the crew led by Dave Mclure, Founder 500 Start-ups pointed to the fact that Nigeria had a very unique structure which had to be studied since there is no one solution to its multi layered and faceted industry.
The spotlight was on the influence of technology on media and entertainment and how to improve upon the content of creative arts.
The conference brought together members of the press, entrepreneurs, technology experts and stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry in various capacities who engaged the Geeks on A Plane curators visiting from the Silicon Valley on a tech tour.
The visit is intended to create interaction and future business linkages between Silicon Valley and Nigeria’s ecosystem.
The Geeks revealed they were aware of a lot of positive news emerging from the country. They have seen the entrepreneurial hustles of the Nigerian citizens and they believe in trying things out.
On the panel were curators of the tour which comprised of Dave Mclure, Founder 500 Start-ups which had made investments in 6 companies in Nigeria and other 5 across Africa and visited to learn more about the financial ecosystem in Lagos and Nigeria.
Chris Burns, senior coordinator for digital development, USAID who was part of global development lab which aims at bringing innovation technology and partnerships across sector based programmes in developing countries.
The crew currently focused on digital development using tools widely available to entrepreneurs especially the food security programme. Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, African Technology Foundation, planned the event for about two years and is burdened with the task of walking the geeks through curated events across Africa. One of the marquee events is Geeks Meet Nollywood, which includes the Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF which held at an exclusive VIP event at the Filmhouse IMAX.
The Geeks revealed their aim of looking to develop new products and services and searching for accelerators, investors and other venture capitalists to have more interest in the African continent and drive more technology, create jobs and of course make money.
The Smart phone revolution over the last 6 years was also discussed as Nigeria was seen as outpacing other countries in Africa in terms of numbers and use and that for USAID it meant more citizens could be reached directly with their programmes.
With 45-65 percent of the people at the grass roots having access to mobile phones, this enables a drive for economic and financial inclusion and brings in the value of locally relevant content. Information could be provided to farmers and sick people thereby hopefully creating possibilities to improve the standards of living as USAID is said to seek to maximise the use of technology.