The first MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy, which was unveiled in May, is set to begin in Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia.
It will be kickstarted by a symbolic walk to freedom by the African film and television industry on October 1 – the day Nigeria gained independence. The walk symbolises freedom from challenges that have hindered the progress of the industry.
Each academy will host 20 skilled individuals who have a one-year funded opportunity to learn skills in storytelling, film editing, cinematography and audio production. Filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, who heads the MTF Academy in Lagos, will pass on his knowledge in film and TV production to the students.
“We must consciously build capacity so that our next-generation filmmakers and producers can also create wealth and create employment by being entrepreneurs,” he said.