EbonyLife Creative Academy (ELCA) which is supported by the Lagos State Government through Lagos State Creative Industries Initiative (LACI), under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has been launched by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The facility is set to offer free three-month courses that will cover all aspects of filmmaking and media content production, including acting, directing, producing, editing, sound, and lighting to both young and established filmmakers in order to make Lagos the Centre of excellence for Africa’s creative sector.
Sanwo- Olu declared the Academy open in a brief ceremony on-site at 10 Engineering Close, off Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island.
According to Mo Abudu, Ebony Life CEO:
“I am very excited to see that the state’s vision for development in education, technology and the creative sector has been so ably captured in this magnificent facility. The building has been beautifully designed and refurbished; it contains the latest film production technology; and a faculty of experts has been recruited from all over the world. Our young people will gain valuable new skills, making them more employable and more likely to succeed as creative entrepreneurs. We are very proud to have this world-class institution in Lagos, as we continue to consolidate our position as the cultural hub of Africa.
“This is a very proud moment for everyone involved in creating this Academy, including HP Nigeria and Zinox Technologies that both donated computers and IT support. My vision was to make world-class training available for talented people in Lagos who cannot afford to go to film school abroad. Our governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, understood our vision and gave us the support we needed to establish the academy and offer free courses.
Now we have an opportunity to make a real impact within filmmaking that will improve our production quality, provide jobs and business opportunities, and help to grow the creative economy in Lagos.”