Lagos State Ministry Of Tourism has entered into a partnership with two creative firms Ebony Life TV and Del York Academy to enhance the skills and exposure of about 1,500 practitioners in the State’s creative industry through the Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative (LACI).
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Akinbile yussuf, who disclosed recently in Ikeja, said that the gesture by the State Government is in continuation of the support already provided by LASG for practitioners in the entertainment and creative industry.
She explained that while EbonyLife will undertake the physical classroom training for the beneficiaries, Del-York has been engaged by the government to provide a hybrid version of the online and physical aspects of the training for members of the creative industry.
According to her, Governor Sanwo-Olu has approved the training of 480 practitioners, who are desirous of gaining world-class skills and career advancement by EbonyLife from February 2021.
She stressed that the online version of the training by Del-York Creative Academy will produce 1,000 beneficiaries making a total of 1,480 expected participants.
She noted that the 480 beneficiaries would be trained in four different batches of 120 participants in each quarter of Y2021.
The Commissioner revealed that LACI will serve as a training platform for practitioners in the creative sector on the use of modern technology to enhance the content and quality of Nigeria’s entertainment.
She urged interested persons in the creative industry to apply for participation in the training under the Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative through its official website: http://EbonyLifecreativeacademy.com or through the link from Del York: http://creativelagos.ng
The CEO of EbonyLife Creative Academy, Mrs. Mo Abudu said that her firm, Ebony Life Limited, will be providing eight different courses for a duration of three months, adding that certificates will be given to the trainees in addition to internship opportunity upon completion.
The trainees, she said, would comprise of practitioners that are interested in practical short courses covering all aspects of filmmaking and media content production including acting, directing, producing, editing, sound and lighting.
The President and Founder of Del-York Creative Academy, Dr. Linus Idahosa, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s willingness to help citizens realise their full potentials by charting a new and different path for the Nigerian creative industry and collective African narrative.
According to him, the training tagged “the Creative Lagos Project” will be executed as a hybrid of both virtual and physical classes.
It will cover six major courses namely, Digital Filmmaking, Fashion, Art & Crafts, Documentary Filmmaking, Digital Marketing for Content Creators, Producing/Business of Film and Television Post-Production.
The registration of interested participants is already ongoing and the first intakes are expected to commence classes in the first quarter of 2021, while the next intake follows afterwards.
At the end of each ten-week course, groups of students from different disciplines will merge into teams to produce a short film or television show for the exhibition.