NNN: The Lagos State Government and Africa Film Academy (AFA) on Wednesday launched film training for young people from three divisions of the state, Epe, Badagry and Alimosho.
Ms. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, at the ‘Film in a Box, on the Field’ ceremony held in Lagos, said that It was about deliberately converting the restlessness of young people into productive enterprises.
Akinbile-Yusuf said the state government has partnered with the AFA to train as many as 600 young people in these venues in filmmaking and exploring different aspects of it.
She said it was to identify raw talent in young people and train them to be the best to make the industry even better.
“This is a continuation of our efforts to discover, nurture and nurture this state’s talented young creators, who can compete favorably on a global scale in terms of content and technical know-how in film production.
“As we all know that the youthful population is the strength and vigor of the society, this explains why Governor Sanwo-Olu pays special attention to youth-related initiatives, especially through capacity building.
“The state government is making frantic efforts to tackle the rising and growing unemployment rate across the country.
“Furthermore, the effect of unemployment on Lagos State being the commercial hub of the country and home to most Nigerians who have migrated to the state in search of greener pastures,” he said. she stated.
The commissioner said that the youth is not only the future of tomorrow but is part of the plans of today which must be pursued in each of the state’s development plans, programs and projects.
She said it was important to achieve the necessary balance in society.
According to her, in addition to having physical classroom training, there will also be an integral online component of the training where participants will collaborate and exchange ideas digitally away from the classroom.
“This will not only complement the state government’s efforts to provide the necessary human capacity development for filmmaking, but will also bring capacity development to all parts of the state.
“It will be a big boost to the state’s economy in the long run,” she said.
Akinbile-Yusuf noted that the ministry has also considered the need to bring disadvantaged women and out-of-school girls into the program.
She said the ministry will also work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the International Women Society (IWS), local organizations and community groups to make it a reality.
“This partnership will leverage the value the AFA places on talent and integrate them into the film industry with a lasting partnership developed over the past twenty years.
“We believe that this training program will further encourage our young people to use their immeasurable intelligence and creativity to initiate a better life and a comfortable future for all, which is part of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s dream and vision,” said she declared.
Earlier, Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Founder of AFA, revealed that the planned six-week training will start on June 13 as more than 100 interested youths have signed up.
Anyiam-Osigwe said four weeks would be devoted to classroom training while the remaining two weeks would be devoted to practical work when directed on how films are produced.
According to her, the training will encompass filmmaking, acting, lighting, sound production and the actual marketing of films.
“After the training, we will make them work together on themes, we will make sure that they understand the business side of cinema, there is show business and cinema.
“At the end of the training, they will produce a film around the three sites,” she said.
Keppy Ekpenyong-Bassey, Director of Studies, AFA, noted that experienced facilitators would be engaged in training the youngsters.
Also, Tony Ami, AFA Director of Administration, urged young people to get out there and empower themselves to be financially independent and self-sufficient at the Lagos Theater in Igando.
He appreciated the state government for recognizing the creative industry at a time when youth unrest was high.