The Lagos State Government has announced its partnership with Africa Film Academy (AFA), a premier organization that trains and supports creatives across Africa to train over 600 creative practitioners in the state.
The training program according to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was designed as a skillset program for the Creative Industry to enhance the skills in the industry and train 600 practitioners through the Lagos State Creative Industry (LACI) Initiative of the Ministry
This new development was made known by the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture , Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile—Yussuf during a joint press briefing with the Founder and CEO of Africa Film Academy. (AFA) Peace Anyiam-Osigwe in Lagos.
According to the Commissioner, LACI Initiative was formed to further reposition the Lagos State creative sector in line with the goals of the present administration, to develop tourism, arts, and culture to their optimal potential. She also noted that LACI Initiative was created to showcase Lagos State to the world while addressing skills deficiency in the creative industry.
In her words “We are using the Creative Sector to expand the very concept of tourism as a whole, driving a shift from conventional models of heritage-based cultural tourism to new models of creative tourism centered on contemporary creativity, innovation, and intangible content”
Akinbile -Yussuf stated further that the vision of LACI is to use the states rich, natural resources and diverse culture and heritage to promote the sustainable development of tourism as a viable sector of the economy in a manner that enhances, promotes, and preserves the richness, quality, and unique features of Lagos.
We are also leveraging on the potentials in the Creative sector to stimulate economic growth and job creation, support innovation, and entrepreneurship, aid urban and
rural regeneration, and stimulate exports.
According to the Commissioner, the capacity building will further put the spotlight on Lagos by bringing together creative talent that will further increase the quality of life and the quality of opportunity in both tourism and the creative industries. This is to further reinforce Lagos State Government’s position as the Creative Capital for Entertainment, Culture, and Tourism in Africa.
She also said that the State Government is leveraging on Africa Film Academy, the most prestigious movie award organizer in Africa, which has rewarded excellence in Africa Cinema for over 17 years to further bridge the skill gap in the Creative Industry.
While also speaking on the partnership, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe noted that Africa Film Academy (AFA) will bring on board its years of experience to train the participants and make them job-ready.
She further explained that participants will be taught using a hands-on in-service training approach that provides them with the knowledge that will allow them to thrive in the industry.
“This training program is in line with our organizations flagship project, 100 Film Project which is aimed at training, supporting and providing jobs for young creatives across Africa.
Therefore, as an organization, we will leverage on our previous experience which has seen us train over 10,000 participants across different cities in Africa in over two decades. Thus, participants will have the opportunity to learn from our faculties who are industry experts and professionals throughout their training period,”
The Africa Film Academy will be conducting a 6-week free intensive training on Acting, Art Directing, light & Lighting, Sound Production, and Post Production in the 3 Senatorial Districts of Lagos State.
A minimum of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and A Higher National Diploma is required for the Directing class. Please note that candidates must have a LASSRA number.
Registration of First Intake for the year 2022 has commenced.
Interested participants can click on this link to register: https://www.africafilmacademy.com/film-in-a-box-lagos
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