AFTER undergoing an intensive 12-month training, four participants from Ghana have graduated from this year's MultiChoice Talent Factory at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, September 12.
The four are Asamoah Kobby Edmund, who graduated in Cinematography and also took home the Bollywood Internship Award for emerging one of the best students; Henry Konadu Denkyira who graduated in Cinematography, Irene Dumevi Yaamoakoa who graduated as a producer and Patience Esiawonam Adisenu, who passed out as a scriptwriter and director.
These four were part of 20 students who were selected for the 2018/2019 academic year of the MultiChoice Talent Factory.
In his address at the ceremony, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe commended the students for how they had grown into men and women ready to take over the continent's film industry and asked them to remember that content was very crucial in telling a story.
He indicated that he was impressed with how the students handled some challenges they encountered along the way and charged them to go out and make a difference.
In her speech, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Shulamite Olofunke Adebole, expressed her excitement about the Talent Factory initiative because it falls within what the government has planned for the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
She said the government was prepared to support and encourage such initiatives.
Dean of the Lagos Business School, which partnered MultiChoice on this initiative, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, said he was excited to be part of a game changing initiative.
Academic Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory, Femi Odugbemi, recounted some of the drills the students had to go through like arts exhibitions, live coverage of events, how to manage tools and equipment, all in a bid for them to get hands on education.
This according to him will put them in a better position to understand the reality of production.
He concluded by telling the students that filmmaking was not all about how good one's light or camera is but rather the story one told; one that is relatable and can speak to the emotions of the people watching.
After the 12 months training, the students produced two feature films titled Dream Chaser and Life of Bim.
The Ghanaian students told Graphic Showbiz that they were happy to have gone through the process and had come up tops.