Hope rises for creative industry as Del-York Academy trains talents
Industry experts and investors have called on Nigerians to take advantage of the abundant opportunities that abound in the creative industry for sustainable economic growth in the country.
They noted that the nation’s entertainment and media industry could perform better given the country’s rich capital and human resources.
The experts spoke yesterday at a press conference in Lagos to announce the training of Nigerian creative thinkers by Del-York Academy in partnership with award winning instructors from Hollywood.
The initiative, supported by The Guardian and Guardian Studios brought over 20 Hollywood instructors to Nigeria to lead an intensive month-long workshop for the nation’s talents.
The students are being tutored on courses such as directing, screen-writing, editing, acting, sound design and scoring, music video production, as well as broadcast journalism costume and set design, among others.
The best graduating student will be awarded a brand new car.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy, Linus Idahosa, the training and capacity building programme would revolutionalise Nigeria’s media and entertainment industry.
He said that though the creative industry’s export is below five per cent, it has the population and talents to drive economic growth.
Also, Hollywood Director and Producer, Grant Housley Sonnie, who stated that opportunities within the Nigerian entertainment industry have not been fully harnessed due to the huge gap in infrastructure and equipment, said though piracy had eaten deep into the industry, it might put its growth to a halt.
The producer said that Del-York Academy would continue to train and empower a generation of exceptional talents that will move Africa forward through cinema and story-telling and media innovation.nent. Del-York’s trainings are designed for those who have passion for developing their talents in diverse creative spheres,” Sonnie said.