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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced that registration is now open for the upcoming Creative Africa Nexus Weekend (CANEX WKND) 2022, taking place from 25 – 27th November 2022 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Registration to attend CANEX WKND, which will be held across multiple venues at the Sofitel Hotel Ivoire is free for all delegates. People from Africa and the diaspora interested in being part of the rapidly expanding African creative and cultural industry can register at

CANEX WKND 2022, hosted by Afrexibank, the African Union, and the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, will be a 4-day gathering of creatives from across Africa and the diaspora, leading up to the next Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) Summit at IATF2023. This will mark another important step in Afreximbank’s continued roll-out and implementation of its CANEX program, a multi-faceted intervention to support and develop Africa’s emerging creative sector.

CANEX WKND 2022 will feature creatives, investors, industry leaders, creative industry businesses, and government representatives, once again creating business-to-business and business-to-government networking and deal-making opportunities, as well as the chance to hear and learn from some of the leading voices from Africa and its diaspora in music, film, fashion, crafts, visual arts, literature, gaming, VR and more.

Building on the key successes of CANEX at IATF2021 which was held in Durban in November 2021, the upcoming CANEX WKND 2022 in Abidjan will further build bridges across Africa with a strong focus on connecting African creatives.

Among other things, participants will have the opportunity to exhibit fashion, art, and crafts in a dynamic marketplace; benefit from meeting services to connect with potential partners; participate in panel discussions and in-depth breakaway masterclasses, and leverage a range of other networking opportunities.

Masterclasses are a major element of CANEX WKND, with intensive breakaway sessions commencing ahead of the official event opening on Friday 25 November, with a range of sessions starting on Thursday 24 November.

Thursday 24 November: The Intellectual Property Sessions

The emerging IP regime on the continent; implications for creatives scaling across the continent – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Session.
Identifying the Intellectual Property – Assessing and identifying IP bundles in animation, comics, gaming, fashion, and music.
Film IP: Legal Compliance – Chain of title; Types of Contracts in Film – co-creation, production, rights clearances, distribution, etc.
The contribution of contracts to IP securitization with financial institutions.
Facilitated by Liz Lenjo, IP Expert (Kenya)

Thursday 24 November: Creative Writing Masterclass

Presented by The Narrative Landscape Press and The James & Grace Adichie Foundation, in partnership with The Society of Book & Magazine Editors, and The Jalada Africa Collective.

Thursday 24 – Friday 25 November: The Creative Economy Practice at CcHUB presents the 3rd session of its African Creative Economy Investor MasterClass Series.

This event is open to existing fund managers including Angel Investors and networks, Venture Capital Funds, Syndicate Funds and Members, Private Equity Funds, and Impact Funds. This session is a two-day intensive, in-person workshop that will be held during Afreximbank’s Creative Africa Nexus in Abidjan on the 24 and 25th of November. The workshop fee is Seven Hundred and Fifty United States Dollars ($750) which will cover the cost of the two-day workshop, materials and tea break, and lunches on both days. Access to CANEX delegate activities will also be available as part of the package.

Friday 25 November: Developing and Investing in the African Visual Arts Ecosystem

Facilitated by the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation.

Friday 25 November: CANEX presents Fashion with Pathe’O

A fireside chat with the legendary Ivorien-Burkinabé designer, Ainé Pathé Ouédraogo, uncovering his start and progression in the industry as well as his thoughts on the development of the African fashion industry. The fireside chat will be followed by a masterclass helmed by Pathe’O.

Friday 25 November & Sunday 27 November: Festival Management Workshop – presented by The Ladima Foundation

In the last two decades, there has been a rapid increase in the number of festivals on offer worldwide, the marketplace for film festivals is now a global one, and competition for audiences and funding is greater than ever. The workshop will show festivals how to ensure sustainability by developing and using critical assets such as intellectual, cultural, social, experiential, and human capital as unique currencies that can be shared in a collaborative manner that focuses on festivals building strategic collective advantage.

Friday 25 November: The Design Futures Lab – Exploring the intersection of sustainable fashion and XR; and Masterclass on Augmented Reality

A first of its kind, the Design Futures Lab, a creative economy project hosted by Electric South, Twyg, and Crossover Labs in 2022 and supported by the British Council. The British Council will share the results of the Design Futures Lab and dive into the learnings with one of the teams, followed by an Augmented Reality workshop facilitated by Kym Fiala & Ntando Ngwenya. Kym and Ntando collaborated on The XV Algorithm.

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