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Friday, February 8 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Future Of Africa's Creative Economy: Beyond The Folktales Queue Early!

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When you think of the creative economy in Africa, at first glance, the rich history and splendor of the arts, music and entertainment sectors continue to dominate the space. While these sectors continue to bring in the top dollars, the continent needs to posture for the future and break into the highly lucrative sub-genre of fantasy fiction. Let's take an example of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is one of the leaders in this space, they have grossed over $12bn since the release of the first film from its stable in 2008 (Iron MAN). Ironically the MCU title with the largest sales is Black Panther with a plot and theme centered around a fictional African country (Wakanda) and it grossed just over $700mn at the box office. This speaks to the latent global demand for original fictional content from the continent be it comic books, short films, TV and digital series. While Africa has a plethora of untold stories, some writers are already blazing the trail and setting a benchmark for the global acceptance of the African Fantasy Fiction Genre. Tomi Adeyemi ( Children of the blood and bone), Nnedi Okorafor (Binti), Tochi Onyebuchi ( Beasts Made of Night). Move over Game of Thrones these African titles and more coming.

Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CET
AfricaNXT Stage