MultiChoice unveils MTF class of 2022

By Content Nigeria reporter
September 17, 2021


African broadcaster MultiChoice has revealed the 60 new students selected to be part of the third cohort of its 12-month fully-funded academic programme slated to begin next month.

The 60 aspiring filmmakers were chosen after a six-week selection process across 13 African countries and will now will proceed to the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy hubs in Nairobi, Lagos and Lusaka.

Representing East Africa are Kalkidan Fessehaye (Ethiopia), Nahusenay Dereje (Ethiopia), Ritha Saxon (Tanzania), Christopher Masalu (Tanzania), Raimon Sanga (Tanzania), Kenneth Msanjila (Tanzania), Doreen Kilimbe (Tanzania), Audrey Egesa (Kenya), Bruno Tanya (Kenya), Cesylia Oketch (Kenya), Clerick Werimo (Kenya), Desmond Okeyo (Kenya), Josh Artkins (Kenya), Mary Njoroge (Kenya), Patrick Odongo (Kenya), Yvonne Wambua (Kenya), Nassanga Ann (Uganda), Justine Nabunya (Uganda), Phillip Sentamu (Uganda) and Tusabe Ivan (Uganda).

Representing Southern Africa are David Paulo Sapalo (Angola), Fabiana Alexandra da Barros (Angola), Larona Dichaba (Botswana), Refilwe Kathleen Onana Podi (Botswana), Asante Mbaimbai (Malawi), Chisomo Kawaga (Malawi), Nelson Omar Faquirà (Mozambique), Silvana Pombal (Mozambique), Jerome Claasen (Namibia), Jose Carlos Panduleni Amutenya (Namibia), Lucia Kim Hamunghete (Namibia), Amos Mwape (Zambia), Blessings Mainga (Zambia), Canicius Kabwe (Zambia), Catherine Zulu (Zambia), Daniel Lungu (Zambia), David Senkwe (Zambia), Victor Lushinjilo Kasanga (Zambia), Chimwemwe Chipidza (Zimbabwe) and Yvonne F Feresu (Zimbabwe).

Representing West Africa from Nigeria are Andrea Peregrino, Abimbola Akinrinbola, Ayo Lawson, Emmanuella Bakare, Doris Nwoye, Favour Eniayekan, Ibrahim Mamman, Murewa Ayodele, Oluwatoyosi Fowode, Omowonuola Giwa, Plangnan Amtu, Samuel Ishola, Temitope Mariam Odo, Teniola Oyelumade, Wapah Kelechi Ezeigwe and Tosin Alabi. Alice Johnson, Emmanuel Horla Nuvor, Kwame Addae and Nubuke Amoah represent West Africa from Ghana.

MTF’s partnership with the New York Film Academy will enable the new cohorts to learn how to produce micro documentaries, public service announcements, TV commercials and music videos, broadening their skillset and allowing them to be economically active in the film industry and in other sectors, according to MultiChoice.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment and connected video at MultiChoice, said: “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, our commitment is not only to tell authentic African stories but to also invest in them. That is why some of our alumni are working on M-Net and Showmax productions.

“Currently, we have alumni in seven countries working on M-Net and Showmax productions, and the list keeps growing. They are helping us to realise the vision of taking African stories to the world with a hyperlocal approach, producing relevant content within the respective regions of our continent, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all strategy.”

According to MultiChoice Africa, the course qualification will be conferred on the students upon completion of the academy programme by its partner institutions – the Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, Kenyatta University in Nairobi and the University of Zambia in Lusaka. They will also be offered an orientation intervention at the beginning and end of the programme and entrepreneurial workshops on business for creatives by the Henley Business School.

The MTF has honed the skills of 120 emerging filmmakers in 13 countries across the continent, who are now part of the growing MTF alumni network.

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