In a landmark partnership announced yesterday, 300,000 young Nigerians will be trained in film, television, and motion picture production over the next three years.
A report of the Independent disclosed that the partnership is between Lagos-based KAP Film and Television Academy and the Mastercard Foundation.
Founded by award-winning Nigerian actor, director, and filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, the KAP Film and Television Academy is one of the specialised services subsidiaries at the KAP Hub in Lagos, which was formally unveiled to the public on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
“The Academy focuses on growing the next generation of skilled filmmakers through the tutelage of veterans and film professionals who provide hands-on experience in diverse aspects of filmmaking to enrolled students,” Mr. Kunle Afolayan, CEO and Founder, KAP Academy was quoted to say.
According to a statement by Afolayan, the Academy will leverage smartphone technology for the training programme and teaching will be conducted through a learning app.
He added, “The KAP App is a mobile learning application where multimedia content – which includes video and audio lessons, visual presentations, video simulations, and interactive testing – will be delivered to the students. It will allow students to have access to interactive learning content, industry professionals, community forums, an electronic library, a job board, financial support, contacts, and links among others.”
KAP Academy’s training programme will include The Masterclass Series, a virtual series of 20 episodes providing e-learning to aspiring filmmakers, covering several aspects of filmmaking from directing, cinematography, and the business of film using Afolayan’s acclaimed movie, ‘The Figurine’, as a case study. The virtual series will be free to watch on KAPtv’s YouTube channel.
Following the report, the programme will also include two levels of certifications from professional institutions in the areas of screenwriting, sound, editing, directing, cinematography and production design, among others, as well as practical hands-on training.
It will also link participants to employment or gig entrepreneurship activities, not only in the film industry via placements and internships, but in related sub-sectors such as fashion, make-up, music scores, editing, and script writing.
Through a partnership with the Mastercard Foundation and its Young Africa Works programme in Nigeria, free tuition and smartphone devices will be offered to students from less privileged backgrounds.
“The Nigerian film industry (Nollywood) produces approximately 20,000 films annually and generates estimated revenues of up to US$600 million. It is the largest film industry in Africa and the third largest globally, after Hollywood and Bollywood,” said Chidinma Lawanson, Nigeria Country Head at the Mastercard Foundation.
“Despite this growth and scale, many important aspects of the industry remain informal and fragmented. As a result, very few practitioners can reach their full potential creatively and economically. The Foundation’s partnership with KAP has the potential to enable at least 102,500 work opportunities for youth in the vibrant creative industry in Nigeria,” Lawanson adde.