Lagos-based Filmmaker and media mogul, Mo Abudu, has launched a state-of-the-art training suite in the heart of the city, called EbonyLife Creative Academy, to help raise a new generation of stellar filmmakers.
Already, the training suite, located in the Victoria Island area of Lagos, Nigeria is being used in a new initiative engineered by Abudu, in conjunction with the Lagos State Creative Industries Initiative (LACI) and Del-York Creative Academy, to train budding filmmakers in the city. It aims at offering free, practical three-month courses for up to 480 learners, covering all aspects of film-making and media content production.
“Our most talented people cannot afford to go abroad for training, so EbonyLife Creative Academy is bringing world-class trainers to Lagos – it’s an amazing opportunity for anyone wishing to improve their technical skills,” Abudu said.
Apart from the laudable training being provided in the centre, the facility flushes with a certain finesse that gives it a productivity-driven aura for conducive learning.
“The first floor is dedicated to our Creative Academy classroom learning. We want our students to learn in the most conducive spaces possible. Creating a learning environment that is world class.”
“The layout includes eight state-of-the-art classrooms, two lounge areas for our students. All of the classrooms feature wall art prints, created by Williams Chechet, inspired by some of our movies and TV series.”
“The students also have a dedicated sound round for those key audio lessons.”
“At the forefront of everything we do is technology. The EbonyLife Creative Academy is extremely grateful to HP Nigeria and ZinoxTech for their donations of laptops and computer systems for the use of our faculty and students.”
“Our ground floor reception is very welcoming, with its bright and airy wall mural. The rest of the ground floor consists of the EbonyLife academy faculty offices, EbonyLife studio offices, our meeting rooms and a brightly coloured screening room, for our students to watch our in-house creations and also make presentations,” Abudu said, while gleefully giving a virtual tour of the place on her Instagram page.