Onwochei, Omokwe, Okoro light up Paters Heritage’s creative bank network
President of Paters Heritage and Technical Director of Tinsel, Nigeria’s longest running soap opera, Ben Chiadika, has said that his organisation will remain committed to equipping aspiring creatives with vital skillsets required to kick-start their careers in the Nigerian theatre and movie industry.
He spoke at the fourth edition of Paters Heritage’s Creative Bank Network (CBN) workshop, which had award-winning Nollywood thespian, Francis Onwochei, director and producer of hit TV series, Riona and Ajoche, as well as renowned set designer and actor, Iheanyi Okoro, as guest facilitators.
Paters Heritage is a faith-based advocacy organisation, which seeks to train, mentor and facilitate opportunities for young, aspiring, creatives into Nigeria’s theatre and movie industry through its Creative Bank Network platform.
Chiadika stated that the CBN is a fulfillment of the organisation’s mandate to continually support aspiring creatives by equipping them and giving them opportunities to learn and network with Nollywood’s finest.
He said: “We are excited to facilitate these workshops that give participants the leverage they need to kickstart their careers. Considering the increasing global interest in Nigerian creative spaces, we are happy to be part of the journey in empowering budding actors and technical towards actualising their dreams.
“Our ultimate goal is to nurture the building blocks of Nigeria’s creative arts industry and the drive, passion and consistency that we see demonstrated by the participants at the workshops make us confident that they will be able to carry the torch from the previous generations to become worthy representatives of the future of the sector.”
Onwochei facilitated the session on Upcoming Creatives and the Challenges of Surviving in Nollywood while the session on ‘Processes of Producing a Movie’ was presented by James Omokwe. Other guests at the event included notable filmmaker, Mahmoud Ali-Balogun, and ace producer cum director, Femi Bolorunde.