1st Edition

Higher Education and Policy for Creative Economies in Africa Developing Creative Economies

Edited By Roberta Comunian, Brian J. Hracs, Lauren England Copyright 2021
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    The book reflects on the role of the creative economies in a range of African countries (namely Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda). Chapters explore how creative economies emerge and can be supported in African countries.

    The contributors focus on two key dimensions: the role of higher education and the role of policy. Firstly, they consider the role of higher education and alternative forms of specialised education to reflect on how the creative aspirations of students (and future creative workers) of these countries are met and developed. Secondly, they explore the role of policy in supporting the agendas of the creative economy, taking also into consideration the potential historical dimension of policy interventions and the impact of a lack of policy frameworks. The book concludes by reflecting on how these two pillars of creative economy development, which are usually taken for granted in studying creative economies in the global north, need to be understood with their own specificity in the context of our selected case studies in Africa.

    This book will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals researching the creative economies in Africa across the humanities and social sciences.


    All the royalties from the publication of this book will be donated to the not-for-profit organisation The Craft and Design Institute (CDI) (https://www.thecdi.org.za/) in South Africa, supporting capacity building for young creative practitioners from disadvantaged backgrounds.


    1. Introduction
    2. Roberta Comunian, Brian J. Hracs and Lauren England

      Part 1: Higher education and creative economies development

    3. Creative higher education in Nigeria and the case of University of Lagos
    4. Vincent Obia, Lauren England, Roberta Comunian and Duro Oni

    5. Collaborations for creative arts higher education delivery in Ghana: A case of the University of Cape Coast
    6. Madinatu Bello

    7. Fashion designers and education in Nairobi: Challenges and opportunities
    8. Lauren England, Ogake Mosomi, Roberta Comunian and Brian J. Hracs

    9. Uganda film and television: Creative skills development and skills gap for the sector
    10. Roberta Comunian and Gershom Kimera

      Part 2: The role of policy for creative economies

    11. Importance of arts and culture in community development in Nigeria: The place of the Councils for Arts and Culture
    12. Duro Oni, Cornelius Onyekaba and Shaibu Husseini

    13. The historical evolution of the cultural and creative economy in Mahikeng, South Africa: Implications for contemporary policy
    14. James Drummond and Fiona Drummond

    15. Finance for creative and cultural industries in Africa
    16. Yemisi Mokuolu, Victoria Kay and Claudia María Velilla-Zuloaga

    17. Developing the handicraft sector in South Africa: The role of policy
    18. Oluwayemisi Adebola Abisuga-Oyekunle , Lauren England and Roberta Comunian

    19. Conclusions

             Roberta Comunian, Brian J. Hracs and Lauren England


    Roberta Comunian is Reader in Creative Economy at the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, UK.

    Brian J. Hracs is an Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton, UK.

    Lauren England is Baxter Fellow in Creative Economies at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee, UK.

    "Higher Education and Policy for Creative Economies in Africa is an interesting and timeous book, doing much to expand the creative economy literature and understanding of the sector in a global south context. Communian, Hracs and England have succeeded in drawing together various case studies, including film, design, craft and cultural events, from a range of African countries, into a coherent volume. The challenges, as well as the huge potential, of the creative economy in Africa is discussed by African researchers and practitioners themselves, using a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The result is a richly detailed, realistic view of creative economies in Africa that will be of use to researchers, students, practitioners and policy-makers." -- Jen Snowball, Professor of Economics, Rhodes University and Chief Research Strategist, South African Cultural Observatory

    "In recent years have we have seen a growing interest in Africa’s creative economies, but their value, ecology and nature have not been adequately credited or documented. This book provides insights into important aspects of the creative economies in various African countries, exploring the ecology of these activities from how they emerge and are passed on through generations, to the training, systems and policies that support them. By including the perspectives of academics, practitioners and experts, the book has a wide audience and has captured data that should influence policy on creative economies and inform higher education stakeholders." -- Lilac Adhiambo Osanjo, Director, School of the Arts and Design, University of Nairobi, Kenya

    "This edited volume by Comunian, Hracs and England is a highly relevant and timely intervention given the increasing attention to the interactions between creative economies in Africa and socioeconomic development processes and outcomes. It is a rich and dynamic contribution that showcases the value of the co-production of knowledge between practitioners and academic researchers across disciplines. The analyses offered engage critically with concepts and theories by interrogating new data as well as historical material to reveal the significant and complex roles of higher education and national policy in various creative economies. The attention to the key economies of Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa provides a welcome balance between breadth and depth in the volume’s coverage across time periods. The editors and authors have provided a book that will be a very valuable resource to academic, policy and practice communities." -- Eka Ikpe, Senior Lecturer, Development Economics in Africa and Deputy Director, African Leadership Centre, King's College London 

    "It is always an honour to represent the arts and culture sector of Lagos State. Blessed with unbridled energy and creativity the creative sector remains at the heart of the identity of the diverse communities of this continent. The development of dynamic institutions is key to ensuring sustainability in this sector but is no mean feat in these fast changing times, when we are increasingly global and yet more locally focused than we have been for generations. How best can we support the weaving together of traditions, skills and ancient nuances with the ability of the digital age to leap frog conventional systems? This is what this erstwhile study helps us better understand. My congratulations and deepest respect go to all the contributors and editors of this passionate, thorough and timely study." -- Polly Alakija, Artist and Chairman Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture