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Storytellers

THE COMPANY

Storytellers inspires and educates Africa's next generation of creatives.

We are the place for creatives to gain the tips, knowledge, and network you need to make your storytelling dreams come true.

Our first offering is the Storytellers Conference for up and coming creators, streaming online, in April 2021.

THE CONFERENCE

A conference for all creatives to learn how, and why to bring their stories to life. And, of course, how to make money doing so. 

 

No catch. We're giving upcoming Storytellers across Africa the tools to make game changing content. 

You'll learn from the world's best musicians, managers, executives, founders, producers, writers, and directors. Don't just take our word for it, check out our speaker list below. Then register, and spread the word!

 
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Speakers

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Adekunle
Gold
MUSICIAN
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Your favorite singer's favorite singer. Since his debut in 2015, he's released 4 albums, won countless awards, and become a household name. His Storytellers conference session is Making the Album.

Charles
Cantu
Founder, Reset Digtal

A 20 year media veteran and entrepreneur who has worked for the likes of Disney, Comcast, MediaMath. He's sold and built businesses, and currently heads RESET DIGITAL which leads the world in next generation Neuro-Cognitive marketing technology. In short, he understands the ins and outs of the industry. From media, to ads, to content - he is the single best person to teach you how to monetize your content. His Storytellers conference session is, The Serious Business of Content.

Cheta 
Nwanze
Chris
Odeh
Producer, Living In Bondage: Breaking Free

Chris has spent thousands of hours perfecting his craft. He has produced television shows like Moments with Mo, and movies starring some of your favorite actors and actresses. Chris has one of the longest producing credit reels in Nigeria. His latest film, Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, won awards and broke box office records. His Storytellers conference session is, Making The Movie.

Lead partner, sbm intelligence
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Through his research and work, Cheta has amassed a vast knowledge of African culture and history. He's written for The Sunday Telegraph, Premium Times, The Cable, Financial Nigeria, Africa Report, Africa Is A Country, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian (U.K.) and SuperSport. In short, he's got African history on lock. His Storytellers conference session is, Documenting the 54.

Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi
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Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi, a.k.a JKA, is an actor and model whose breakout role was as the lead of 2019's box office breaking, Living In Bondage: Breaking Free. His Storytellers session is, Making The Movie.

Moses
Babatope
Md, filmone

Moses is the co-founder of Nigeria’s biggest cinema chain, and has spearheaded international distribution partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Empire Entertainment, and Disney. In short, he has a keen understanding of entertainment industry infrastructure, and what Africa needs to do to grow our industries, and, in doing so. create more opportunities for people like you. His Storytellers conference session is, The Creative Economy.

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Nicole
Asinugo
STORYTELLER, and award winning screenwriter

Nicole has built a career harnessing the power of storytelling, spanning the fields of advertising, editorial, film and media. She is currently working as a storyteller and content creator at Expo 2020 Dubai. Her debut as a screenwriter with Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, saw her win Best Screenplay at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards. She has launched two platforms: ‘The Stories We Tell’, a podcast designed to showcase African stories; and ‘The Writers Room Nigeria’ a creative community nurturing and connecting local writing talent. Her Storytellers session is, The Writer's Room.

Niyi
Osidipe
founder, Venn Agency & Dope music out of africa

Niyi has successfully established both people and businesses as household names. She is passionate about the entertainment industry, specifically music marketing, A&R, artist management, talent development and launching artists to stardom. Her clients include Adekunle Gold, Tolani and Hans & Rene. She recently founded music discovery platform, Dope Music Out of Africa. Her Storytellers session is, Making the Album.

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Lead actor, Living In Bondage: Breaking Free
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Olumide
Osundolire
Lead partner, Banwo & Ighodalo
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Olumide holds an LL.B from the University of Lagos, and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School. His areas of practice include Intellectual Property & Technology, and Company Secretarial & Regulatory Compliance.


Since joining B&I in 2007, his work has included many Project Finance, and Foreign Investments and Divestment transactions. He is currently the Team Lead of Intellectual Property & Technology practice group. His Storytellers conference session is, How to Protect Your Ideas.

Ruona
Meyer
Emmy nominated multimedia AND investigative Journalist

Ruona Meyer is a multimedia investigative journalist with 17 years of experience, in print, radio, wire agency and digital outlets across Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK. She has worked with the BBC, the Financial Times of London, Reuters, BattaboxTV and NEXT Newspapers. In 2019, her documentary, Sweet Sweet Codeine, made waves, gained government attention and earned Nigeria its first Emmy nomination in journalism. In short, she's a boss. Her Storytellers conference session is, Life Changing Journalism.

Sakita
Holley
Founder, House of success pr & Host, the Sakita method podcast
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Sakita Holley's House of Success PR services household brands in the U.S. She develops and executes strategic media campaigns, while providing brand and social media strategy and management, influencer marketing, and event production services. Her podcast, The Sakita Method, consistently ranks among Apple's most listened to podcasts, and she's created an engaged and committed online community via her personal brand. Her Storytellers conference session is, All About Podcasts.

Tokini 
Peterside
Founder & CEO, ART X collective

In founding  West Africa’s first international art fair, Tokini cemented Lagos as a market for serious art collectors. The fair has quickly become a cornerstone of the African art sector and has contributed significantly to the positioning of Lagos globally as a fast-emerging and exciting cultural hub. ART X Lagos has successfully exposed over 30,000 visitors to Africa’s and the Diaspora’s leading artists. The economic implications are unquantifiable. What we know for sure, is that ART X Lagos has helped hundreds of artists make a comfortable living from their passion. Her Storytellers conference session is, The Creative Economy.

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Zo
Wesson
Emmy Winning Producer/Director

Zo has directed everything you can point a camera at; scripted and unscripted television, docudramas, commercials, documentaries, museum installations, and so on. HIs mantra is, "To be creative is life!". And this certainly shows in his life, Zo has won twenty seven Regional Emmys as a writer, producer and director, and as a member of the Director's Guild of America. His Storytellers conference session is, The Serious Business of Content.

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Schedule

day 1 | APRIL 8TH
 
The basics 
day 2 | APRIL 9TH
 
 
The blueprints
The Creative Economy
Schedule is subject to change. Agenda in your local timezone is available at the registration link.
Making The Album
The entertainment industry is worth $2.1 trillion, Africa accounts for only 1% of that. How do we close the gap? 
Audio sessions
How to make an album, from inception to market.
By: Moses Babatope & Tokini Peterside
By: Adekunle Gold & Niyi Osidipe
The Serious Business of Content
From Netflix to Disney, some of the most valuable companies worldwide are content houses. And some of the world's wealthiest people have built their careers on content. Find out how Africans can tap in.
All About Podcasts
Why podcasts are such an accessible and appropriate form of storytelling, why Africa is primed to be a major podcast market, and how to start your own today.
Presented by:
Charles Cantu & Zo Wesson
By: Charles Cantu & Zo Wesson
How to Protect Your Intellectual Property
By: Sakita Holley
Making The Movie
Owning your work is the only way to profit from what you create, so how do you protect your creative ideas? 
visual session
How the film Living In Bondage: Breaking Free was made, and how you can make your film dreams come true.
By: Olumide Osundolire of Banwo & Ighodalo
Documenting the 54
By: Chris Odeh & Jideofor Kenechukwu Achufusi
Life Changing Journalism
Examining how Africans told stories in the past - what's our real history and relationship with storytelling?
By: Cheta Nwanze
written sessions
In this session we take a look at why journalism matters, and how, when done right, great journalism can change the world as we know it.
By: Ruona Meyer
The Writer's Room
Wondering how to successfully conquer writer's block? Or how to churn out your first screenplay or novel? This session is for you.
By: Nicole Asinugo
day 3 | APRIL 10TH
 
office hours
One-on-one Q&A sessions with our esteemed speakers.
 
Don't miss your chance to speak directly with some of the world's most accomplished Storytellers.