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Fanfare And Celebrations As MTF West Africa Class of 2023 Graduates

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For the 20 talents that enrolled in the MultiChoice Talent Factory West Africa class of 2023, Thursday, December 14, 2023, will remain a day to remember. Friends, family, and well-wishers gathered to celebrate their graduation from the academy, after completing a 12-month sponsored programme by MultiChoice. The glamorous event had the Consul General US Consulate, Lagos, Mr. Will Stevens; Dean, School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya; CEO, West Africa, MultiChoice, Mr. John Ugbe, and ace film and television producers, Tunde Kelani, and Femi Odugbemi in attendance. As with the previous sets, the skills of the class of 2023 shone during the programme. The students completed an intensive 3-week online New York Film Academy (NYFA) course on the production of documentaries, music videos and TV commercials, which exposed them to global networks. Members of the set were part of the cast and crew for the short film “Take Back the Night” which has garnered international recognition. Also, “the Delectable Azeezah Sema”, produced by one of the class students, Desmond Ekunwe, has also made a mark internationally. The film was selected in both the Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival 2023 and the Silicon Valley Film Festival 2023. The set also produced two short films for Zee World as well as other short films which have been selected into film festivals such as the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and the Africa International Human Rights Film Festival (AIHRIFF). Finally, they produced two feature films as their final projects, which will be broadcast on Africa Magic channels on DStv, GOtv and on Showmax – a testament to the success and practicality of the programme. In his address to the graduands, CEO, West Africa, MultiChoice, Mr. John Ugbe advised them to always be open-minded: “As you step into the world armed with invaluable skills and knowledge, recognize the significance of this moment. You are more than graduates, you are torchbearers of innovation, storytellers with the power to captivate, and trailblazers in the evolving landscape of media and entertainment. Be ready to learn, unlearn and relearn. Be open to innovation and form collaborations with fellow creatives.” It was a day of joy, pride and emotions for the Academy Director West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory, Atinuke Babatunde, who expressed her excitement at overseeing the training of another set of young African storytellers at the academy. “It is wonderful to see the growth our graduates have attained in just one year. Out of the thousands of passionate filmmakers who applied in 2022, they were selected for the one-year life changing scholarship and came with a burning desire to learn. We are happy that the MTF has not only fanned their fire but has equipped them with world-class learning and a thriving community of passionate filmmakers through the MultiChoice Talent Factory Alumni, who will stimulate their growth to even greater heights,” she said. in his remark at the ceremony, Dean, School of Media and Communication Pan-African University, Ikechukwu Obiaya, said “The one year of MultiChoice talent factory has been a year of preparations. The proof of the effectiveness of this year of learning is what we now look forward to seeing as the graduating students begin new chapters in this ongoing story. There will be new mountains to climb and different dragons to conquer But believe that the classes in technical skills, human qualities, critical thinking and ethics have provided the tools required to overcome whatever obstacles may lie ahead.” During the elaborate ceremony at the TerraKulture in Lagos, the Class of 2023’s top three graduates received internships in recognition of their exceptional work and achievements. Elvis Damptey from Ghana was awarded a two-week internship at a local film and TV production in South Africa; Abdulazziz Attah from Nigeria was awarded a two-week Bollywood internship with Zee World; and Samuel Ogundeyi from Nigeria was awarded an eight-week scholarship to the New York Film Academy (NYFA). For their creativity setting up a production company during the programme, the company called “Dare 2 Dream” comprises of five members of the set – Elvis Asiedu Damptey, Boakye .D. Alpha, Nosa Isibor and Deborah Aduamah Okyerewaa – received a N2million grant from MultiChoice West Africa CEO, Mr. John Ugbe. MultiChoice also announced during the event that the Class of 2023 now join the illustrious MTF alumni network and will be connected to industry professionals from across the continent through the relaunched MTF Portal – www.multichoicetalentfactory.com – an interactive Pan-African platform for African film creatives to showcase talent and network within and beyond Africa. Here’s a comprehensive list of the MTF class of 2023: Best Graduatig Student, Samuel Ogundeyi; Segun Damptey; Abdulazziz Attah; Ola Jegede; Gabriel Odigiri; Chimaobi Akuche; Eniola Zainab Busari; Victoria Owoseni Oluwatoyosi; Nosa Isibor; and Desmond Ebuwa Ekunwe; Others are: Deborah Aduama Okyerewaa; Uyighosa Etinosa; Boakye Dacosta; Deborah Oluwatobi Ahmed; Wuraola Adeniran; Abdulaziz Atta; Nneoma Amadi; Empress Blessing Allen; Mercy Oko; Ruth Abbu-Frimpong and Bolanle Jegede Janet. Since its launch in 2018, MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), has been at the forefront of imparting the technical skill-set needed for high-quality film production in young African talents. Some of these young talents have gone on to produce movies and series, some of which aired on Africa Magic channels.

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Kwara Govt Holds Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing on Monday

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As part of efforts to keep Kwarans and the world informed about the activities of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration during his first year in his second term in office, the Kwara State Government has announced an Inter-Ministerial Press Briefing.

This was contained in a statement released earlier today by the State Commissioner for Communications, Hon. Bolanle Olukoju.

According to the statement, the briefing will feature all Commissioners in the State providing updates on their ministries over the past year.

“The Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration has achieved a great deal in the first year of his second term, and while these accomplishments have been discussed in various forums, this briefing will have all commissioners speaking to the press simultaneously,” the statement reads.

The statement further disclosed that the briefing will take place at the Ministry of Communications Conference Room at 10 am on Monday, 20th May 2024, and will be streamed live on the Ministry’s Facebook page.

“We encourage all kwarans to tune in to the live stream and participate in this informative session. The administration remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous engagement with the people of Kwara State,” the statement added.

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2024 Hajj: Stakeholders Salute Gov AbdulRazaq, Oloriegbe’s Leadership As Kwara Sets For Inaugural Flight

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Stakeholders involved in the 2024 Hajj operation in Kwara State have commended Senator Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe for his exceptional leadership and competence in handling tasks since his appointment as the Kwara Contingent Leader (Amirul-Hajj).

The commendations were made today during the 2nd Hajj Operation Stakeholders Meeting organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) at the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport, Ilorin, where stakeholders discussed issues related to the smooth operation of the upcoming Hajj exercise.

The meeting was attended by the NAHCON Zonal Chairman, Alh. Afolabi Fijabi; the Airport Manager, Mrs. Yemisi Adebiyi; members of the Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, led by its Chairman, Prof. Mashood Mahmud Jimba; representatives from various security agencies, among others.

While giving briefings on their readiness for the first flight on the 20th of May, 2024, when the first batch of the contingents would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia, they highlighted the significant interventions of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq through Oloriegbe to ensure a hitch-free exercise for Kwara Contingents.

Oloriegbe in his remarks, also acknowledged the support of Governor Abdulrazaq to ease the task and appealed for further cooperation, understanding, and unity among all stakeholders to ensure a successful operation. He also took a tour of the facilities at the airport and the State Hajj Camp to assess their conditions ahead of the usage and, visited the Pilgrims Welfare Board Office at Gerewu Area of Ilorin to oversee the ongoing pilgrims’ vaccination program and other activities.

The erstwhile lawmaker, however, urged prospective pilgrims to remain cooperative and coordinated in their engagements with the Board’s staff to avoid any issues that could delay the smoothness of the exercises.

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Lagos Assembly Plans Geographic Information Law

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  • bill will create comprehensive database of Lagos state
  • will curb issues involved in land ownership

A new bill that seeks to harmonise all geographic information service projects of Lagos is under consideration at the State House of Assembly.

The Lagos Geographic Information Service bill, which had stakeholders making contributions on Friday, is also aimed at establishing a computerised central database for all information relating to geospatial matters and related issues.

Section 4(2) of the bill says the agency’s responsibilities include introducing, implementing and sustaining best practices for all Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the state as well as “develop and maintain an online platform that will contain all information and statistics on geospatial-related matters.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said the bill, when passed, would help in improving governance and boosting professionalism.

“It is targeted at integrating governance with advancements in technology. This is something we hope to always take advantage of so that our state can continue to be ahead in the area of development,” Dr. Obasa, represented by Hon. Stephen Ogundipe, a member of the House, said adding that the Assembly will always make the residents of the state its focal point.

Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester, said the bill “shows a commitment and sincere
sense of duty on the part of the legislators of the state to put people’s interest at heart.

“Today’s public hearing means a lot to the improvement of
information technology and computerised central database in Lagos State.”

Ogunkelu, who represents Epe Constituency 2 at the House, described it as a bill that will cover the database of Lagos just as he commended the Speaker for his passion for the progress of the State.

“The bill will guide the government to have a database of everything concerning Lagos and in this case, you could be in your house and apply for a certificate of ownership on your property and have it without even visiting the Ministry.

“It will also cut sharp practices and curb fraudulent sales of land. For land, the database will have details of owners including their photographs,” he said.

Rasheed Makinde, a former lawmaker, commended the House for its proactiveness while some of the stakeholders suggested the involvement of professional bodies in the proposed law.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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