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Kene Mkparu returns with good vibes from Turkey

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Former managing director of FilmOne Limited and now Chief Executive Officer of KomWorld, Nigeria, Kene Mkparu, is back from Turkey, where he had gone to attend this year’s Emerging Cinema Market Conference (ECM) held in Istanbul.

Mkparu, a respected voice in the cinema exhibition and distribution aspect of the film industry, was one of the key speakers, the only Nigerian, at the conference that attracted leading cinema exhibitors, technology companies and industry experts.

Organised by DCS Events, in association with The Big Picture and SISAY Turkish Exhibitors Association, the conference aims at providing the platform for leading experts to explore innovations, opportunities and challenges for cinema development in emerging cinema market.

Mkparu, who returned just on time to be a part of the business session of the Zuma International Film Festival, said the conference was a huge success.

“It was a unique opportunity to network with industry experts and professionals, as well a unique chance to share the story and potentials of the biggest cinema market in the continent of Africa,” Mkparu said.

Partner at DSC Events and Senior Consultant at The Big Picture, Rob Arthur, disclosed that the African session of the conference was the most interested to the delegates from all over the world.

“There was a “buzz” in the room during the discussions on Africa and Nigeria in particular, a reason we hosted a workshop and also got Mkparu to present twice,” Authur said.

In one of his presentations, Mkparu said: “With a steady yearly 2.6 per cent population growth average, rapid urbanisation, government economic restructure initiatives, promotion of FDI, with its accompanying profits repatriation, introduction of more and more experiential cinema technology developments and yearly consistent flow of new commercial film products from Hollywood and local Nollywood, Nigeria is truly an emerging market to pay attention to.

“Telecommunications companies, as well as satellite television, supermarkets and airline companies, to name a few, have long realised, engaged and are operating profitably in the territory.

“This is in spite of the obvious usual concerns of ease of doing business in Nigeria.”


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