With Ogidi Studios, Temple company beams light on African creatives
The Temple Company is set to open the doors of its new world-class audiovisual facility to all local and international players in the content production landscape.
The official unveils of Ogidi Studios also signifies a paradigm shift, as the creative powerhouse, marking its fifth year anniversary, launches a full-fledged content production operation.
After establishing a solid reputation in talent and event management, the company has expanded its portfolio of services with a bold new extension in line with its mandate to elevate African excellence in the creative enterprise ecosystem.
Ogidi Studios is located in Lagos, the hotbed of entertainment in the most populous black West African country of Nigeria. The world-class infrastructure, according to Mr. Tunde Folawiyo, Group Chairman, Temple Company, is an entire ecosystem of products for both audio and video content from conception to completion.
Mr. Folawiyo remarked that Ogidi Studios was the culmination of a long-standing vision.
“The truth is there are many visions that don’t get realised,” he said. “A combination of vision, tenacity, and funding is what brought us here. Temple is a 5-year old child that has the impact of a 20-year old child.”
Idris Olorunnimbe, the company’s Group Chief Executive, added that African talent could now utilise a domestic studioand realize the same outcomes of famed Hollywood studios.
“It has always hurt me when our exceptional talent has to hop on a plane as the only recourse to match their imagination with execution. Ogidi brings an end to that. Anything you can dream can be achieved right here,” he explained.
He further said: “Ogidi Studios is an idea that was long overdue. We are excited to contribute our quota to help bring Nigeria to the table to flex muscles and compete favourably with global players such as celebrated international musicians, producers, and creatives who have left a mark.”
The studio comprises dedicated audio and video production studios, which can accommodate multiple projects simultaneously without interference. Its audio section includes both rehearsal and recording studios with both analog and digital facilities sound-proofed with the latest acoustics technology.
The Lagos-based studio becomes the first studio in Sub-Saharan Africa and among the few in the world to take possession of what some call the Rolls Royce of sound recording. It houses the AMS Genesys Black console, which is complemented with Augspurger speakers using analogue technology integrated into the studio environment and the digital audio workstations.
Ogidi’s video production facilities include a 17 by 11-foot green screen with adjuncts tastefully furnished spaces such as dressing, beauty, make-up, and waiting rooms. To complete the facilities are three-bedroom lodging apartments with exquisite interiors and finishing suitable for cast and crew, which also double up as locations.
Electronic Engineer and home automation expert, Ron Jones, Founder, Infinite Technology Global, who executed the project for Temple Company, noted that with Ogidi Studios, Nigeria now operates on the same level of sound and video technology with global players. Jason Cropper of Vintage Kings Pro Audio Upfitter, an audio specialist and founding member of Grammy award-winning Rock Band, Weezer, supported him.
“We are playing in a global market and people are looking for a certain standard in recording,” Jones said.
“Some of the international artists that are brought here from abroad are used to a certain level of equipment. With OgidiStudio, we are not just building for Nigerian music for Nigeria but Nigerian music for the world. We are now operating in the same level using the same technology that is used throughout the world.”
Ogidi Studios will host a media day on Wednesday, March 17, which will be followed by a Grand opening on Saturday, March 20.
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