Ten young filmmakers have been declared winners in the ‘pitch, win and shoot’ competition organised by the Edo Creative Hub.
The initiative was established last year by the Edo State Skills Development Agency in collaboration with MADE, the market development programme in the Niger Delta. The hub aims to exploit the creative energies of young people and give them the opportunity to create wealth through their talent.
Ojeaga Charlotte, Onohi John, Okhomina Joseph, Osaigbovo Eriamiantoe, Okao Aimalohi Ihinosen, Blessed Omoregie, Eriyo Michael, Billy Kings and Edwin Irabor will benefit from a distribution deal with IrokoTV and Kada cinemas organised by the state government and MADE.
Dorcas Idehen, representative of the Edo state governor and permanent secretary, ministry of arts, culture, tourism and diaspora affairs, emphasised the commitment of the state government to open up investment opportunities in the sector as well as harness the potential in the creative industry.
“The state government is leveraging on the potential of the state as a cultural hub to create job opportunities for youths in the state, which resulted in the brokering of the distribution and exhibition deals with IrokoTV and Kada Cinemas,” she said.
Praising the state government, film director Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun said he would assist the young filmmakers and also ensure their movies are aired on Africa Magic and IrokoTV.
“This is a means to engage citizens in productive activities and create jobs in the state. The purpose of the project is to engage youths to discourage illegal migration and human trafficking,” he added.