Africa Digital festival over the weekend organized a webinar dubbed “digital streaming & the missing link in Africa.
The webinar featured Jonilar, a digital music consultant and blogger, Kwesi Hayford of Ghana esports Association, Muhammida El Muhjar of WaxPrint Media and Wanjiku Koinange of Mdundo.com with the Chief Vision Officer of Africa Digital Festival, Foster Kofi Sam moderating to discuss the missing link in Africa’s streaming space.
During the session, problems such as expensive cost of data, non-existence of better payment options, regulation of the creative space, lack of knowledge by leadership were some of the few missing link that is hampering most Africans to either stream movies, music, arts among other.
On the other hand, Jonilar and Wanjiku Koinange also indicated that most of these artists, actors, producers as well the whole African creative industry needs a lot of education in both the copyrighting that is align to the streaming industry of Africa.
Mr. Kwesi Hayford added that, one of the major missing link that is fighting the African creative industry is the generational gap between African leadership and the suggested we need more youth who are innovators in government to help solve such gap.
On the issue of Data, Wanjiku Koinange of mdundo.com indicated that most Africans can not afford to spend a dollar on data hence prefer to go along with Radio which is free, because such individuals are technically used to google to download music and movies hence most of the people in Africa need free but on-demand service with low affordable data cost and a lot of education on their contributions towards the creative space in Africa.
The speakers for the webinar concluded that the creative arts contributes to Gross Domestic Products across Africa and the discussion is to all sectors of the industry hence in the creation of a localized streaming platform across better regulation policies, good mobile payment systems, licensing of the creative space is essential to make Africa’s own dedicated streaming work for the continent.
Source: Africa Digital Festival,