The creative space continues to grow wide and has become a house for everyone who desires to be a part of, can get a seat, to shine if the needed work is given. Nigeria is one country whose creative industry has glossed and spread wide into other states both home and abroad and has continued to remain on the lips of everyone, to the extent of drawing support from local and international countries. This week’s Creative Roundup spotlights exciting and jaw-dropping news in both the tech and creative industry, all collated just for you. See you at the end of the read.
1. British Council Indicates Continuous Support To Nigeria’s Creative Industry
The British Council has indicated its willingness to continue to support Nigeria’s creative industry, saying that with suitable investment and support, it has the potential to be the highest employer of labour and contributor to the nation’s wealth.
Speaking at the Creative Enterprise Showcase Programme (CESP) in Abuja, Uju Dubas-Agbasi, noted that the creative industries in Nigeria were rapidly growing economic powerhouses that were increasingly being recognised as pathways for sustainable livelihoods for young people across art forms.
Source: This Day
2. Meta Tests “Members-Only Worlds” For Its Social VR Platform
Horizon Worlds, Meta’s social VR platform, has begun testing a new type of closed space—members-only worlds—that will allow users to build curated worlds for a select community.
The company is also testing what it calls “personal spaces,” like a virtual apartment where you have complete control over who enters and exits. However, the number of users who can be in a members-only world at once is capped at 25 people, compared to the 150 allowed in public worlds.
Source: The Verge
3. Netflix Posts Guidelines On Putting Down Password Sharing
The streaming giant on Wednesday uploaded an FAQ describing a new strategy that’s being tried only in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru — for now. Users have to watch Netflix on their viewing device either through the app or website while logged into their household’s Wi-Fi network.
This will allow the platform to associate the device with the household’s main account, per the FAQ. To keep a device linked, customers have to access Netflix on the household’s Wi-Fi network at least once every 31 days. After 31 days, inactive devices will be disconnected from the household’s Netflix account, the FAQ said.
Source: The Guardian
4. Apple Store Sets App Inflation Date In Nigeria, South Africa, And Other Countries
Apple has announced that the App store prices, on apps and in-purchases, will increase from February 13 in Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Hungary, Norway, Colombia and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, this means iPhone users will pay more for apps consumed.
According to Apple’s note to developers, the price update is based on tax and foreign exchange rate changes. However, the company has not disclosed the rate of increase in these countries.
Source: The Economic Times
5. Applications Open For The 6th Edition Of AFD Digital Challenge
Applications have opened for the sixth edition of the AFD Digital Challenge, which is dedicated to the cultural and creative industries. The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is committed to supporting high-impact tech startups in Africa.
The competition is aimed at all Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) startups and associations that integrate digital technology at the heart of their solution and have a viable economic model. AFD will support them through an “acceleration package” combining technical and financial support of up to EUR45,000 (US$49,000) per laureate. Application closes February 24 2023.
Source: Disrupt Africa
With the rise of AI, the world is evolving daily, which is why creatives need to become with the trends and use them to their advantage. But, asides from becoming, getting opportunities are ways to stay relevant; the AFD Digital Challenge is an opportunity for African creatives with Digitally inclined projects to get involved in and make a name in the industry.
Till next time, Stay creatively informed.