Ace Nigerian actor and politician Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly known as RMD, highly celebrated Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji and Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou have been confirmed to speak at the upcoming Creative African Exchange (CAX) conference in Kigali, Rwanda January 16.
Other speakers include Prof. Benedict Oramah President of Afreximbank, representatives of the African Development Bank and senior government officials responsible for culture and the creative economy.
Award winning Nigerian musician D’Banj and several other high-profile musicians are scheduled to perform.
CAX which is Africa’s first continental summit dedicated to promoting exchange within the creative and cultural industry will host most of Africa’s biggest names in the creative industry.
The three-day event will feature about 250 exhibitors, including some of Africa’s leading talents and is being organised by Times Multimedia (TMM) and sponsored by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and other partners.
Other notable personalities billed to speak at the event include Sogstress M Saki, Creative Director Armanda Cabral, Music Expert Alain Bidjeck, UNESCO cultural expert Brahim El Mazned, Entertainment Influencer Vincent Berry II, Dancer Prudence Maidiou and Music Producer/Record Label Owner Jose Da Silva among others.
The CAX programme is aimed at facilitating investments in the creative and cultural industries through education, trade, industrialisation and provision of critical infrastructure to support African economic transformation in alignment with continental initiatives, such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) rolled out by Afreximbank to stimulate trade among African countries.
Launched during the inaugural IATF in Cairo in December 2018, CAX is the first exchange of its kind.
The CAX Weekend will be followed by a Creative Africa Programme to be held during IATF 2020 in Kigali from 1 to 7 September.