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$100m Lagos Film City project to nurture creativity, empower young artists to create wealth –Sanwo-Olu

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has laid the first foundation blocks of a $100million Film City to harness local talent and creativity to create fresh economic opportunities for talented young Nigerians in the culture and entertainment sectors, and tap into the global entertainment GDP for young cinematographers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Wednesday, October 18, 2023, laid the initial foundation blocks for the development of an iconic Lagos Film City, in Ejinrin area of Lagos State.

ConsumerConnect reports the Lagos Film City has been planned as an ecosystem of creative cinematography, tourism, leisure, entertainment and learning for Nigerians.

The new mega cultural and entertainment project is being sited on 100 hectares of land in Ejinrin town, in Epe Division of the cosmopolitan state.

Ejinrin, which is a coastal boundary town, literally became a beehive during the groundbreaking event held at the site of the $100 million project.

The Lagos Film City is equally regarded as a legacy infrastructure the Sanwo-Olu administration has initiated to harness local talent and creativity to create new economic opportunities for talented youngsters in culture and entertainment industries.

The Lagos State Government (LASG), in an audiovisual on the foundation-laying ceremony performed in Ejinrin town, disclosed it sealed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with entertainment investors, facilitated by Del-York Group, to develop the one-stop campus for learning, film production, post-production, visual effects, and other ancillary services that support the filmmaking process in the West African country.

The state government noted that Ogidi Studios and EbonyLife Cinema are among the indigenous entertainment partners that would work on the project to bring the Governor’s vision to reality.

Project to redefine film production ecosystem in Nigeria: Sanwo-Olu

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his address on the occasion, said the event marked a significant milestone in his administration’s journey to create a thriving film industry in Lagos that would have a global appeal, while contributing to the economic growth and cultural development of the State.

“Today, we embark on a journey that will redefine the landscape of the film industry in Lagos.

“As we break the ground for this $100million project covering a land area of 100 hectares and which will be executed through PPP model, we are laying the foundation for a creative hub that will serve as a catalyst for innovation, talent discovery, and storytelling excellence,” said he.

According to him, the Lagos Film City project is part of his administration’s commitment to the actualisation of the six pillars of development tagged T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda for ‘Greater Lagos’.

The Lagos State Governor stated: “This is a testament to our commitment to nurturing the arts and supporting the

Sanwo-Olu activates groundbreaking of $100m Lagos Film City project

 

*Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has laid the first foundation blocks of a $100million Film City to harness local talent and creativity to create fresh economic opportunities for talented young Nigerians in the culture and entertainment sectors, and tap into the global entertainment GDP for young cinematographers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State Wednesday, October 18, 2023, laid the initial foundation blocks for the development of an iconic Lagos Film City, in Ejinrin area of Lagos State.

ConsumerConnect reports the Lagos Film City has been planned as an ecosystem of creative cinematography, tourism, leisure, entertainment and learning for Nigerians.

The new mega cultural and entertainment project is being sited on 100 hectares of land in Ejinrin town, in Epe Division of the cosmopolitan state.

Ejinrin, which is a coastal boundary town, literally became a beehive during the groundbreaking event held at the site of the $100 million project.

The Lagos Film City is equally regarded as a legacy infrastructure the Sanwo-Olu administration has initiated to harness local talent and creativity to create new economic opportunities for talented youngsters in culture and entertainment industries.

The Lagos State Government (LASG), in an audiovisual on the foundation-laying ceremony performed in Ejinrin town, disclosed it sealed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with entertainment investors, facilitated by Del-York Group, to develop the one-stop campus for learning, film production, post-production, visual effects, and other ancillary services that support the filmmaking process in the West African country.

The state government noted that Ogidi Studios and EbonyLife Cinema are among the indigenous entertainment partners that would work on the project to bring the Governor’s vision to reality.

Project to redefine film production ecosystem in Nigeria: Sanwo-Olu

Governor Sanwo-Olu in his address on the occasion, said the event marked a significant milestone in his administration’s journey to create a thriving film industry in Lagos that would have a global appeal, while contributing to the economic growth and cultural development of the State.

“Today, we embark on a journey that will redefine the landscape of the film industry in Lagos.

“As we break the ground for this $100million project covering a land area of 100 hectares and which will be executed through PPP model, we are laying the foundation for a creative hub that will serve as a catalyst for innovation, talent discovery, and storytelling excellence,” said he.

According to him, the Lagos Film City project is part of his administration’s commitment to the actualisation of the six pillars of development tagged T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda for ‘Greater Lagos’.

The Lagos State Governor stated: “This is a testament to our commitment to nurturing the arts and supporting the dreams of aspiring filmmakers, actors, and technicians.

“It is our strong belief that the film industry has the power to transcend boundaries and bring people together. It has the ability to inspire, entertain, and educate.”

He asserted that “through the magic of cinema, we can showcase the rich cultural heritage of Lagos, while telling stories that reflect our shared experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities.”

Sanwo-Olu further noted: “This film city will serve as a canvas for these stories, providing a platform for our talented artists to shine on both local and global stages.”

According to him, when the project is completed, there would be no need for filmmakers to take their creative contents out of the country for final production of their works.

He especially stressed that all required state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment needed to produce a globally accepted cinema production would be available in the Film City in his state.

The Governor, therefore, appealed to residents of the host community of Ejinrin town to support the project.

The Film City, he stated, will turn around fallow assets of the town to create wealth for its inhabitants.

He also said through the project, Lagos would tap into the global entertainment GDP and create job opportunities for young cinematographers, while stimulating economic growth and attracting more foreign investment into the sector.

Film production ecosystem to nurture creativity, foster collaborations and empower artistes beyond Nigeria

In terms of the potential of the emerging creative community, the Lagos Governor stated: “The Film City is not just about bricks and mortar.

“It is about the people who will walk through its doors and breathe life into its spaces.

“It is about the dreams that will be realised, stories that will be told, and impacts that will be made.”

Sanwo-Olu as well explained: “Our creative community is the beating heart of this film city, and we are committed to providing them with the resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive.

“This is an ecosystem that will nurture creativity, foster collaboration and empower artists to push their craft beyond the local boundaries.”

Also speaking at the project site, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos State, noted that the idea to embark on the Film City project was initiated during the Governor’s transition period in 2019.

The Commissioner said that the project required committed investors and partners to bring it to life.

The commencement of the project’s construction further testified to the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu administration to invest in the infrastructure, and create an enabling environment for the creative economy to thrive in Lagos, stated the Commissioner.

Benson-Awoyinka said: “By time the Lagos Film City comes on board, the spiral-effect on Lagos profile as a tourist destination of choice would be appreciated beyond the entertainment sector.”

Linus Idahosa, Founder of Del-York Group, said allocation of private equity to investors in the project development underscored the Governor’s understanding of key partnerships required to deliver the vision and enhance growth in the creative sector.

Idahosa emphasised that “this idea of strategic collaboration between the Government and stakeholders is what it takes to push the country forward.

“The future of this country will be determined by the creative energy we are about to harness through the Film City project.”

Elated Oba Rafiu Balogun,

Elejinrin of Ejinrin, in his palace also commented that the occasion marked a new dawn for the natives.

The Royal Father described the Film City as the “first modern project” to be brought to the town, decades after the colonial masters left.”

Ọba Balogun stated: “Talents and endowment deposited in Ejinrin can now be enhanced for national development.”

He also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for siting the project in the town.

Popular movie star, Femi Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of Nollywood community, said the project represented the collective enthusiasm of theatre practitioners and creative community, stressing that the infrastructure would elevate professionalism in cinematography and entertainment.

Among other Nollywood veterans and notable theater practitioners that attended the ceremony are Alhaji Adebayo Salami, popularly known as Oga Bello; Prince Jide Kosoko, Tade Ogidan, Prof. Sola Fosudo, Adewale Elesho, Saheed Balogun, Kunle Afolayan, and Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe among others. There were movie directors and young filmmakers.

Others in attendance include traditional rulers and members of the diplomatic community, such as the United States (US) Consul in Lagos, who expressed his country’s excitement seeing Lagos launching a world-class infrastructure to tap into the global entertainment market.

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of aspiring filmmakers, actors, and technicians.

“It is our strong belief that the film industry has the power to transcend boundaries and bring people together. It has the ability to inspire, entertain, and educate.”

He asserted that “through the magic of cinema, we can showcase the rich cultural heritage of Lagos, while telling stories that reflect our shared experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities.”

Sanwo-Olu further noted: “This film city will serve as a canvas for these stories, providing a platform for our talented artists to shine on both local and global stages.”

According to him, when the project is completed, there would be no need for filmmakers to take their creative contents out of the country for final production of their works.

He especially stressed that all required state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment needed to produce a globally accepted cinema production would be available in the Film City in his state.

The Governor, therefore, appealed to residents of the host community of Ejinrin town to support the project.

The Film City, he stated, will turn around fallow assets of the town to create wealth for its inhabitants.

He also said through the project, Lagos would tap into the global entertainment GDP and create job opportunities for young cinematographers, while stimulating economic growth and attracting more foreign investment into the sector.

Film production ecosystem to nurture creativity, foster collaborations and empower artistes beyond Nigeria

In terms of the potential of the emerging creative community, the Lagos Governor stated: “The Film City is not just about bricks and mortar.

“It is about the people who will walk through its doors and breathe life into its spaces.

“It is about the dreams that will be realised, stories that will be told, and impacts that will be made.”

Sanwo-Olu as well explained: “Our creative community is the beating heart of this film city, and we are committed to providing them with the resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive.

“This is an ecosystem that will nurture creativity, foster collaboration and empower artists to push their craft beyond the local boundaries.”

Also speaking at the project site, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture in Lagos State, noted that the idea to embark on the Film City project was initiated during the Governor’s transition period in 2019.

The Commissioner said that the project required committed investors and partners to bring it to life.

The commencement of the project’s construction further testified to the commitment of the Sanwo-Olu administration to invest in the infrastructure, and create an enabling environment for the creative economy to thrive in Lagos, stated the Commissioner.

Benson-Awoyinka said: “By time the Lagos Film City comes on board, the spiral-effect on Lagos profile as a tourist destination of choice would be appreciated beyond the entertainment sector.”

Linus Idahosa, Founder of Del-York Group, said allocation of private equity to investors in the project development underscored the Governor’s understanding of key partnerships required to deliver the vision and enhance growth in the creative sector.

Idahosa emphasised that “this idea of strategic collaboration between the Government and stakeholders is what it takes to push the country forward.

“The future of this country will be determined by the creative energy we are about to harness through the Film City project.”

Elated Oba Rafiu Balogun,

Elejinrin of Ejinrin, in his palace also commented that the occasion marked a new dawn for the natives.

The Royal Father described the Film City as the “first modern project” to be brought to the town, decades after the colonial masters left.”

Ọba Balogun stated: “Talents and endowment deposited in Ejinrin can now be enhanced for national development.”

He also commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for siting the project in the town.

Popular movie star, Femi Adebayo, who spoke on behalf of Nollywood community, said the project represented the collective enthusiasm of theatre practitioners and creative community, stressing that the infrastructure would elevate professionalism in cinematography and entertainment.

Among other Nollywood veterans and notable theater practitioners that attended the ceremony are Alhaji Adebayo Salami, popularly known as Oga Bello; Prince Jide Kosoko, Tade Ogidan, Prof. Sola Fosudo, Adewale Elesho, Saheed Balogun, Kunle Afolayan, and Raymond Anyiam-Osigwe among others. There were movie directors and young filmmakers.

Others in attendance include traditional rulers and members of the diplomatic community, such as the United States (US) Consul in Lagos, who expressed his country’s excitement seeing Lagos launching a world-class infrastructure to tap into the global entertainment market.

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