Lagos State Government has lauded the MultiChoice Nigeria for establishing the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy (MTFA) in West Africa, saying it will give young Nigerians selected from across the country an opportunity to understand the business of film production.
Speaking at the launch of the academy, expected to provide Africa’s next generation of film and television storytellers with a 12-month training programme, the Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, commended MultiChoice Nigeria for the initiative.
He said, “What MultiChoice did deserves huge commendation and these 20 students should consider themselves lucky. They need to acknowledge the fact that stakeholders in the entertainment industry in Nigeria and across the continent expect a lot from them and the students on their part should make good use of this opportunity given to them.’’
While expressing his appreciation to MultiChoice for organising this laudable initiative in Nigeria, Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ziblim Iddi, congratulated the 20 students selected for the inaugural edition of the MTFA and charged them to be committed to learning as this is a life changing opportunity.
Earlier, the managing director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said, “The film and television industry is the pioneer of creative industries in Africa and is particularly relevant as a tool for shaping the African narrative. We have been telling authentic and well-produced stories that only Africans themselves can tell. Nevertheless, there is a lot of raw talent that need to be nurtured and polished.
‘’The Academy will give such talent the opportunity to hone their skills, thereby increasing the pool of world-class talent within the industry.
It’s also about teaching the selected candidates the business of film and television”.
Ugbe further praised the support of critical partners saying, “We are incredibly fortunate to have the calibre of broadcast partners that we do in M-Net and Africa Magic who believe in this project and have been on this journey with us from the very beginning”.
It was learned that the 20 candidates from Nigeria and Ghana will begin their 12-month training programme at the Academy this month.