Creative Enterprise, Nigeria

Last day of Nigeria’s Mentoring programme, the third and final stage of the British Council’s CE project which CIDA has helped design. Taking place across countries in Sub Saharan Africa, the project aims to provide aspirant creative entrepreneurs with the ‘knowledge, skills, confidence and networks to fulfil their potential’ (that quote is actually from CIDA’s core purpose but it applies here too!) In Lagos, they started about a year ago with around 100 people on Stage One – through a gradual process of elimination, about half the cohort go through Stage Two and about half of those make it to the final stage. This has consisted of Action Learning Sets facilitated by four leading and genuinely inspirational practitioners from different creative fields who also do some one to one mentoring as needed; and these sessions are intermixed with Master Classes and Public Lectures given by established creative entrepreneurs from both the host country an from the UK. So today, the final sessions – given by music producers Stephen Budd and Guy Morley. They arrived yesterday fresh from the horrifying snow in the UK and walked straight into 32 degrees sunshine here! They spent the day meeting a range of musicians here – very intense, feisty and fabulously interesting – and then we had dinner on the water’s edge at the Lagos Yacht Club………one of the coolest spots in the city – it was lovely!