A total of 20 students comprising 16 Nigerians and four Ghanaians have been selected for the first MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy designed to assist young entrepreneurs in the creative industry to realize life-long aspirations.
In a statement signed by the Multichoice Nigeria Managing Director, John Ugbe, the 20 students were said to have been selected from a two-month rigorous selection process with 3,000 entries from Nigeria and Ghana.
The process was also said to have involved rigorous interview and adjudication process by a group of film and television industry experts and MultiChoice regional Academy Director, Femi Odugbemi.
“The 20 future filmmakers were selected based on their industry-related qualifications and skills, as well as their passion to narrate Africa’s unique stories.
“Those selected include Idongesit Amba, Allen Onyige, Gilbert Bassey, Precious Iroagalachi, Nanret Paul Kumbet, Akpera Mnena, Umm’salma Saliu, Ugwu Uchenna Eileen and Sonia Nwosu. Others are Moses Akerele, Metong Minwon, Bolaji Adelakun and Joseph Adeniyi.
“Others are, Kemi Tamara Adeyemi, Tochukwu Nwaiwu, Blessing Bulus from Nigeria and Edmund Kobby Asamoah, Henry Konadu Denkyira, Irene Dumevi Yaamoakoa, Patience Esiawonam Adisenu from Ghana, who will represent the West African region at the Nigeria-based MTF Academy from October 1, 2018,” a part of the statement read.
The statement added that MultiChoice will sponsor the students’ tuition, accommodation and stipend for the duration of their training in each of the academy.
“As a company that is deeply rooted in Nigeria, we understand that many young, aspiring filmmakers have the capacity to learn and strengthen their skill-set to give back to their communities but may not be financially equipped to do so.
“The MultiChoice Talent Factory focuses on making sure that those gems are nurtured, and their talents developed to contribute meaningfully to Africa’s creative industry.
“The MTF Academy students will be provided with skill-sets to develop their talent, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories through a comprehensive curriculum comprising theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling,” the statement read.