TOPIC : EDUCATION IN THE NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, THE NEGLIGENCE AND THE WAY FORWARD
SUBMITTED BY – SOLOMON KUPID
The entertainment industry is a ship-full of talents and skills. There are many categories, ranging from film production, comedy, music production and so on. It is very obvious that the music industry is one of the most popular sub-industry under entertainment. Over the years, music artistes have come and go, doing their very best to please fans in their different genres.
It is undisputable the importance of the music industry in the society but what does the society know about the music industry?
An interesting thing about the music industry is that most talents are discovered at very young ages, mostly when the artiste is still in school or still studying. The journey to fame is a very short one and popularity is gained overnight. Slowly, the entertainment life begins to overshadow the educational life, the artiste in some cases begins to miss lectures, have reduced or poor grades and eventually drop out from school. There have been one too many stories of young talents that rose to stardom overnight only to call and end to their education, giving jejune excuses about wanting to concentrate on their career lives. Many years of dedication and hardwork is brought to an abrupt end.
It is no new that the gain from entertainment can be sometimes bountiful and might seem like an eye opener but the world changing as fast as the second hand of a clock moves and people are not left out in this continous change. The general taste of people in food, fashion, music and so on is very unstable. Music/music artistes regarded as sweet cake today are forgotten the next, songs are picked and repeatedly dropped by the crowd. The instability of a music career is not open to question. What happens when fans stop loving your music? What happens when a better musician takes your place? This is where the years spent schooling begin to pay off. The uncertainty of the music industry cannot be compared with the quality of sound education. A wise man once said “an investment in knowledge pays the best income” (Ben Franklin).
The most basic social group of the society and majority of influence comes from there. Since talents are discovered mostly at very young ages, the parents/guardians/wards of these future artiste bear the sole responsibility of moulding them to perfection. The importance of complete and sound education must be overemphasized in families.
As some of these stars are discovered by already fulfilled members of the industry, these “Jagabans” should inspire and support the young talents to finish up their schooling. In other words, rather than offer fully signed contracts and big money, scholarships and sponsorships should be given out instead.