For many years, the
entertainment industry in
Abuja has come under attack
for being docile. For those
who think entertainment in
the Federal Capital Territory is
going down the drain, it is time
to have a rethink as there seem
to be tiny light at the end of the
tunnel.
While many artistes say
Lagos remain the entertainment
capital of Nigeria, others argue
that Abuja remains the centre
of all the hustling and bustling
in the country providing
a veritable platform for
entertainers to exploit and cut
the chase after Lagos artistes.
In this light, stakeholders
in the entertainment industry
in Abuja championed by
renowned entertainment
outfit 41Naija Entertainment
in partnership with other
actors hosted the first major
entertainment conference in
Abuja tagged, “The Abuja
Entertainment Seminar
2015” with the theme
“Building a Healthy Career in
Entertainment.”
The event which had in
attendance the who-is-who in
the entertainment industry in
Abuja acted as a turning point
in the history of entertainment
in Abuja as big wigs in the
industry such as Charly
Boy, Collins Adeyemi, Mr.
Yankee, Jake Okechukwu and
Gospelondebeatz took turns to
create awareness and educate
the artistes on how to create an
entertainment brand and trade
entertainment as a business.
The million-dollar question,
which popped up during the
seminar, was, “Is there hope for
entertainment in Abuja?”
For the President of 14naija
Entertainment the conference
was an avenue to chat a new
course in the entertainment
scene in Abuja. “We are not
here to blame one another. We
are here to find a new direction
for artistes and entertainment
in Abuja,” he said.
Disunity has been the
major issue plaguing the
entertainment industry in
this part of country and
stakeholders have on countless
occasions stress the need for
entertainers to be united under
one umbrella.
In a chat with Nigerian
Pilot, Performing Musicians
Association of Nigeria,
PMAN Governor, Mr. Collins
Adeyemi said there is need
for an entertainment structure
in Abuja.While expending the
role entertainers played in the
political history of Nigeria he
said the conference is timely.
He maintained that the
entertainment should be used
as a tool for employment
creation.
He however said that
musicians in Abuja do not treat
music as a business, adding
that the musicians exhibit a
lot of indiscipline spiced with
greed and jealousy
“Abuja musicians must unite;
they must be open to criticisms.
Artiste should be enlightened
on how to explore the Abuja
market sphere in terms
entertainment. We still need to
push Abuja based artiste. Let us
establish a fan base for them. Try
to push Abuja entertainment
forward. Artistes come from
Lagos and they hail them as
gods meanwhile the Abuja
artistes are relegated to the
background. Don’t glamourise
these guys from Lagos. Abuja
pulls you down when it comes
to entertainment. When you
have been engaged for an
event, try to be on time, set up
your instrument.”
He stated that, “the artistes
must learn to project themselves
in a better way. If you don’t have
the confidence within yourself
you will continue to line-up for
Lagos musicians. Your talent
can take you anywhere in this
world but it is your discipline
that will keep you. We want a
situation where an Abuja based
entertainer will go to Lagos
and get the same treatment.
The musicians in Lagos have
understood that entertainment
is a business.”
Media expert, Benny Ark said
there is hope for entertainment
in Abuja. “Abuja entertainers
stand on the threshold of
being creative but it takes a
lot to standout. We don’t need
another Tiwa Savage , as an
artiste you need to master
your art and carve a niche for
yourself. Talent is not enough,
What makes your talent unique,
Renowned music producer,
Gospelonthebeats, said during
the conference that the road to
stardom is a gradual process.
He urged the entertainers to
build their talent step by step.
In order to rekindle the
spirit of entertainment in
the city musicians in Abuja
meeting under the umbrella
of the Performing Musicians
Employee Association of
Nigeria, PMAN are planning
a grand concert to usher in the
new administration tagged, the
Wind of Change Concert.
This concert will be coming
shortly after the inauguration
which is still in line.
In a chat with Nigerian
Pilot, PMAN Governor, Abuja
Chapter, Mr. Collins Adeyemi
said the concert is going to
be a forum where the new
administration will answer
several questions pertaining to
the creative industry in Nigeria.
According to him, the
concert is meant to usher in
the new administration and
to bring some core issues to
bear so that the youths could
learn from the just conducted
general elections. This will
involve unveiling their plan
for the entertainment industry
and how to curb piracy in the
entertainment industry.
“Lessons to be learnt from
this concert include; making
the youths understand that
hard work pays,” he explained.
The concert will be spiced
by great performances from
budding Abuja artistes and
those from outside as the case
may be.
In addition, entertainment
expert, Mr. Yankee said Abuja
artistes will go far if they imbibe
the culture of discipline. He
said artistes need to discover
themselves and work on their
talent.
This conference marked
the beginning of a new era of
entertainment in Abuja.


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