Anthony Ogamba

As we embark on the journey into 2024, the future of entertainment technology in Nigeria promises to be nothing short of revolutionary. From Nollywood breaking records to the dynamic landscape of streaming platforms, advertising, and the pulsating beats of Afrobeat, the stage is set for a transformative era in the creative industry.

Nollywood, the powerhouse of African cinema, is experiencing a digital renaissance. In 2024, we anticipate a continued shift towards high-quality, digitally-driven productions. Advanced filmmaking techniques, coupled with virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, will elevate Nollywood storytelling to new heights. Expect immersive narratives that transport audiences into the heart of the plot, making cinema an even more captivating experience. Collaborations between Nollywood and international streaming platforms will provide a global stage for Nigerian filmmakers, ensuring that the rich tapestry of African stories reaches audiences worldwide. The intersection of technology and storytelling is poised to redefine Nollywood’s role on the global cinematic stage.

In a landmark achievement for Nollywood, Funke Akindele has shattered records with her movie released in December 2023. Surpassing the remarkable milestone of 1 billion Naira in revenue for A Tribe Called Judah, Akindele’s success exemplifies the industry’s ability to set and surpass standards. Her visionary storytelling and business acumen mark a paradigm shift, showcasing how individual talents can reshape the future of Nollywood.

The streaming culture in Nigeria is evolving beyond conventional norms. This year, streaming platforms will not only serve as content repositories but will also become immersive entertainment ecosystems. AI-driven content recommendations will tailor user experiences, ensuring that subscribers are exposed to a curated selection that aligns with their preferences.

The arrival of global streaming giants like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and local players such as Multichoice has reshaped the Nigerian storytelling landscape. These platforms are not just content distributors; they are amplifying narratives, setting global standards, and driving the evolution of the creative industry.

Nollywood streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, have employed aggressive outdoor media strategies, while Multichoice’s DSTV and Showmax focus on educating and engaging Nollywood enthusiasts. Netflix, with its commitment to consistently telling the African story, has become a game-changer. These platforms are not only elevating local content but also contributing significantly to Nigeria’s global cultural footprint.

The music streaming arena is also poised for growth, with potential entrants like Spotify making waves with outdoor domination advertisements. The podcast culture, led by trailblazers like Glitch Africa and EggCorn Digital, is flourishing with diverse and compelling content, shaping new conversations and perspectives.

Additionally, the rise of virtual events, live streaming, and interactive fan experiences will redefine how Nigerians consume content. Expect streaming platforms to become hubs for cultural exchange, supporting local talents and providing a global stage for diverse voices.

Afrobeat, the rhythmic heartbeat of Nigeria, is no stranger to innovation. In 2024, technology will play a pivotal role in amplifying Afrobeat’s global influence. Virtual concerts, holographic performances, and interactive music experiences will break traditional barriers, connecting artists with fans across continents.

The heartbeat of Afrobeat echoes louder on the global stage, with a rising number of Grammy nominations and increased participation in high-profile global awards and events. Nigerian artists are not only gaining international recognition but also taking center stage in the global music scene, contributing to the genre’s increasing influence and acceptance worldwide.

In the realm of advertising, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises a faster-paced delivery of services. AI is becoming a driving force, optimizing campaigns, personalizing content, and enhancing overall efficiency. As agencies embrace AI, the landscape will evolve, providing marketers with powerful tools to navigate the ever-changing demands of the industry. I see a world where tech enthusiasts hack the marketing mix through an application in order to ensure seamless promotion and distribution without any gatekeeper or bottleneck.

In conclusion, 2024 is poised to be a transformative year for entertainment technology in Nigeria. From Nollywood’s record-breaking triumphs to the evolving podcast culture, streaming platforms, Afrobeat’s global resonance, and the integration of AI in advertising, the creative industry is on the brink of a new era. As we navigate these exciting developments, the future promises to be a tapestry woven with innovation, storytelling, and a celebration of Nigerian creativity on the global stage.

Anthony Ogamba who is the author of this piece was honored as the Young Practitioner of the Year in 2023 at the Media Nite-Out Awards, a testament to a wealth of experience and dedication to the industry. Several other accolades further underscore the writer’s commitment to excellence in the dynamic field of public relations and media.

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