(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has added another achievement to his already bulging resume with the launch of the EbonyLife Creative Academy, a world-class film and television production institute, established by EbonyLife Media in conjunction with Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative (LACI) – a parastatal under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The EbonyLife Creative Academy, which is located at Engineering Close on Victoria Island, has commenced an intensive training for 120 creative young people, admitted for free, practical courses designed by industry experts across all aspects of filmmaking and media content production. The Academy offers state-of-the-art lecture rooms, projection and sound facilities, as well as practical studio workshop spaces and post-production facilities fitted with latest technology to ensure cohorts have a conducive learning environment and advance their skillset.
Courses being offered at the Creative Academy include Screenwriting, Film and Television Production, Directing, Audio and Sound Production, Acting for Screen, Cinematography and Lighting, Art Direction for Film and Television, and Visual Post-Production. A faculty of local and international experts have been recruited as course facilitators to impart life and career-transforming knowledge, skills and education, thereby making participants more employable and boosting their entrepreneurial skills. The Lagos State Government and EbonyLife Media and members of the faculty, partnered to establish the Academy, while HP Nigeria and Zinox Technologies donated computers and provided IT support.”
The creative Academy, is the culmination of several months of planning and strategising in which the administration of Sanwo-Olu is seeking the best way to offer high-quality, but free, training to aspiring and established creative practitioners. The idea of the creative Academy was first mooted during the administration’s pre-inauguration planning, during which it formulated impactful policies and programmes for the creative sector and other areas.
Lagos is making remarkable progress in achieving its key vision for the education, technology, and creative sectors. The facility aptly captures the administration’s vision for a rejuvenated creative sector where practitioners can be trained and retrained at no cost. It is one of the initiatives being rolled out to transform the creative landscape in Lagos, and give the youth a new lease of experience in honing their potential.
The initiative has the potential of not only creating jobs and economic opportunities for creative young people, but would also help bolster positive impact on the production of quality creative contents, thereby stimulating the creative economy. Thus, Lagos State, in the next couple of years, would have a pool of young highly skilled, tech-savvy, creative film and television professionals, who would conveniently fill the roles always offered to foreign crew.
In all, the Academy has all it would take to grow the creative economy in the State, by deploying cutting-edge knowledge in training creative youths, creating the leeway for the institute to be named among the best content producers in the world. Lagos is certainly on the right part to being recognized as a destination for media and entertainment.
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