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Film Made In Nigeria takes a giant leap as 75 graduate from Del-York Creative Academy

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It’s nothing short of amazing what can be achieved
when talents and passion come in contact with the
right kind of training from great minds around the
world. This is what happened recently in the Nigerian
creative industry as it took a giant leap forward in
just four weeks when 75 participants were put
through a hands-on intensive workshop in different
aspects of film making.

Under the tutelage of experienced professionals
from Hollywood and using only the best equipment
in film making, these students were taught courses in
editing, graphics design, directing, cinematography,
special effects, production and set design, makeup
and screen writing. The result of the intensive
training was exhibited in the level of creativity and
professionalism seen in a number of short films the
students produced at the end of the workshop tagged
‘Film Made In Nigeria’.

The training course came to a climax on Friday 15th
August 2014 with a well-organised Award Ceremony.
The event which took place at the Muson Center,
Onikan, Lagos was one of class, colour and style as it
attracted the crème de la crème from various
industries who all shared a common passion for
growth of Nigeria’s creative sector.

In attendance were several dignitaries including The
Consular-General of France to Nigeria, Mr Francois
Sastourne, Nollywood stars Monalisa Chinda,
Segun Arinze, Ufoma Ejenobor-McDermott and
Mary Lazarus. Seasoned lawyer and Partner at
Abraham & Co Solicitors Mena Ajakpovi also graced
the occasion.

The night saw the 75 participants graduate with
certificates in their various areas of competences
with awards presented to some outstanding
students. Eight of the students’ short films were
premiered at the Awards Night to a delighted
audience who attested to their exceptional quality
and impact on the future of Nigeria’s creative
industry.

Another high point of the night was a plenary session
tagged “Conversations with Nollywood” moderated
by Segun Arinze with two separate panels made up of
the Hollywood faculty of the Del-York Creative
Academy and stakeholders in the Nigerian creative
industry such as actress Ufoma Ejenobor-
McDermott, Lawyer Mena Ajakpovi, President of the
Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria Iyen Obaseki
and Nollywood Actor and Filmmaker Francis
Onwochei. They discussed the challenges facing the
industry and proffered practicable solutions such as
an improved distribution system for movies where all
participants in the industry get their own fair share of
profits.

Del-York Creative Academy is an initiative of Del-York
International, a media, marketing/broadcast
communications and technology Services Company
founded by Mr. Linus Idahosa. According to Mr
Idahosa, the Academy would continue to help
nurture the participants’ dreams until they get a
strong footing in their chosen fields.

This year’s program was mainly supported by
President Goodluck Jonathan’s Intervention Fund
under the aegis of Project ACT. This fund is being
managed by the Ministry of Finance headed by the
co-ordinating minister of the Economy Dr. Ngozi
Okonjo-Iweala and His Excellency, Chief Edem
Duke, Minister of Tourism. Other sponsors include
Ibis Lagos Airport Hotel, the Digital Bridge
Institute, Jameson and Heritage Bank.

Collectively, their four-week investment in creative
Nigerians has been immensely beneficial to the
individual destinies of the participants and indeed,
the country’s future.

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