Sunday, January 31, 2010

CT2 Hits as Celebrity Waltz

With zeal and determination to learn from their dance instructors it has became evident to resolve the performance as the battle lines have been drawn, contestants are not leaving any stone unturned with their best performances as the competition entered its new week Chinyere Okoye views the celebrities chances to the crown

The contest is fierce and the stakes are high as the Celebrity battle on stage for dance supremacy. Each week, they step up to the challenge and show off their skills, until Nigeria's Best Dance Celebrity is revealed.

The competition was stiff this week when all the ten celebrities gave their all in an attempt to win the dance trophy on "Celebrity Takes 2 Season 2". Each of the contestants had to perform one dance, and the judges' commendations were very high.
The contestants include Stella Damascus, Faithia Balogun, Yemi Blaq, Dakore Egbuson, and veteran actor, Fred Amata. From the music industry are Yinka Davies. For these celebrities, it is a prestige battle as the competition continues to generate hostilities between the Nollywood stars on one hand and the music stars on the other hand.

For the first few episodes, it was Rhythm & Blue (Music) versus Red Hot Drama (Nollywood); one team from each camp will be voted each week. Then, it switches back to the traditional format. Viewers will get to vote for their favourite celebrities. The competition has already started and according to early indications, its going to be a very tough.
Stars from the music and movie industries have been paired with experienced dancers for the competition of a lifetime.
As Nigeria’s No. 1 TV Reality Show, Celebrity Takes 2 enters its eighth episode, at the Liberty Hall on
Lekki/Epe Expressway was beehive of fans seated to witness the eviction and watch surviving celebrities strive to stay on top of the dance war to avoid eviction.
Among the four couples lined up on probation in the seventh episode,
Obiwon and his dance partner, Lilian scored the lowest votes as verified
by Alexander Forbes Ltd. Ben Ogbeiwi and Bimbo Akintola, Comperes of the
show announced the eviction of Obiwon from the reality TV show making him
the fourth evicted celebrity following the chronological order of the
eviction of Faze, Kel, and Zaaki Azzay.

In his farewell remark, Chief Judge, Segun Lawal eulogized Obiwon for the
energy, creativity, and style which he displayed in all the previous
episodes. “We will miss you in this competition. We look forward to seeing
you again. You performed so well.”

In reaction, Obiwon said that “It’s been fun, more of adrenalin pumping. I
have learnt a lot not just about dance alone but life lessons.”

It will be recalled that five Nollywood stars tagged ‘Red Hot Drama’ were
enlisted to compete with five music artistes tagged ‘Rhythm & Blues’. With
four of the Rhythm & Blues contestants evicted from the show leaving Yinka
Davies as the surviving contestant, it is apparent the war is tilting in
favor of Red Hot Drama.

During the eight episode veteran movie actor and director, Fred Amata and
ace Nollywood Star, Stella Damascus dazzled the judges and thrilled the
audience. The judges who scored based on parameters such as creativity,
energy displayed, use of floor space, and concept were agog at Fred
Amata’s ingenuity and ability to create comics from his flaws during his
dance. Amata enthralled both judges and audience with his dance
performances and obviously his comical disposition. “Fred knows how to
seize the moment to beat the expectations of his fans.” A fan exclaimed.

In a contest staged on a wrestling ring, Fred and his dance partner,
Blessing battled Yinka Davies and her dance partner, Gbenga scored a total
of 32 against Yinka’s 31 narrowly escaping a tie. The judges could not
hold themselves as they express their evaluation with excitement.

“Congratulations to both couples. Fred showed great deal of team spirit
and moved his body like a snake depicting flexibility. Yinka danced with
strong charisma that filled the entire dance floor and displayed intense
energy during her start which took her through a beautiful ending.”

Perhaps, most remarkable during the show was Stella Damascus’. Once on the
dance floor, no one could recall that she limped her way into the
‘wrestling ring’ dance floor. With a sprained ankle, the Nollywood screen
goddess wriggled her body in scintillating movements that wowed both
audience and judges. Obviously, Stella made her mark hitting the highest
score of 33 points.

Stella has made her mark since the beginning of the show. Each performance
is an improvement of the previous.

Faithia Balogun who made 29 points was the highest of the three
contestants with the lowest mark. It implies that she is up for probation
again the umpteenth time alongside Yemi Blaq who scored 27 and Dakore Egbuson, 28.
On the next episode, one of them will be evicted. Who will stand in the gap? Faithia,Yemi or Dakore, find out.

Nevertheless, during the ninth episode, Fred Amata scored 17, Yinka Davies scored 25, and Fathia Balogun scored 17 was on probation as Stella Damascus and Yemi Blaq had automatic qualification for the finals.

Dakore was the last evicted from the show in the last show she contested
which was the eight episode. She was put on probation with Faithia Balogun
and Yemi Blaq. Ultimately she lost out due to low votes.

What is the State of Nollywood?

Film industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world economy, it has huge impact on African consciousness both on the continent and Diaspora, Chinyere Okoye looks at film industry after three decades of being on the doldrums that awakened mixture of technology, determination and opportunity.

Despite deficiencies, Nollywood has been able to project a measure of Nigerian identity to the World especially today where brands have become an important form of currency in global market.

Today, Nollywood have better equipment for production, better trained people are equally involved in this business than before. You can’t compare the quality of the pictures they had then to what they have today.
The most commonly accepted risk of globalisation is that as more people around the world become better educated, more open-minded, more acceptable to new changes, eventually, they lose their national identities as a price of accepting globalisation, as the media reduces the presence of the national.

The term "film industry" is generally used to describe an umbrella of creative industry production activities including film, television (drama and documentary), commercials, stills photography and multi-media.
In an increasingly shrinking global village, where ideas, information and media determine not only the growth of a nation or countries today, Nigeria is locked in an often not too subtle battle for the control of those ideas and knowledge that are critical for social and economic growth. In this new world where nations and culture clash everyday, cultural forces are beginning to play a more vital role in determining the growth and economic progress of a nation.

Presently, Nigerian filmmakers churn out more productions than anywhere else in the world. In 2007, 1687 movies were shot in various locations across the country, creating jobs and skills. Economically, film industry turns over billions and generates millions of jobs worldwide.

In Nigeria, it has been argued that film industry generates over N30 billion worth of economic activities. If it's accepted by business moguls driven by profit that movies can influence significantly commercial decisions and associated conduct, then its should make common sense that movies can be a potent agent for positive social change. During the colonial days, the old film units were used purely as agents for acculturation or social change.

Today, more than any other time in human history, people not only know what is going on around the world and more familiar to other cultures through multi-media such as news, radio, music, film, and internet, they often demand it as their "democratic right".

As one movie industry analyst surmised, "the many business leaders around the world who make such decisions, are not so imperceptive that they would invest $100 million dollars in motion picture-related promotion for a single film without a solid basis for knowing that movies influence human behavior, at least some of the subsequent lifestyle and commercial choices of those moviegoers"
Nigerian film industry may be poised for further growth if the right investments to improve quality of talent, production and distribution are made.
To properly locate the importance of motion picture to social or cultural development; it is first important to understand that the motion picture is and always has been more than mere entertainment.

Nevertheless, some stakeholders said, Nollywood has taken stories that were original in the nineties and early 2000s and told them so many times that now we are now exhausted. So perhaps part of the "betterness" comes from the fact that the stories were relatively fresh and thus more exciting.

The truth is that all movies send messages of one sort or another, all movies communicate ideas. And if movies communicate ideas, and it is believed that ideas have always and will always be a significant source of motivation for human conduct, it further demonstrates the power of social change that movies have.
Vast majority of them contain ritual scenes, graphic violence, foul language, denigration of Nigeria, prejudicial portrayal of certain ethnic groups, and the abuse of some cherished institutions. It's important to understand that these are Nigerian films, "so we should not complain when Hollywood or the Western media does same, because we already doing enough damage to ourselves."
Prof Dora Akunyili blamed Nollywood filmmakers for focusing on 419 and voodoo without paying attention to the good things about Nigerians. Which films, if any, has our minister been watching?

It is clear on what government requires of Nollywood: ”We want extra commitment from Nollywood to stop projecting Nigeria negatively. We plead with you to project Nigeria. We cannot hide them but let us also portray the good things we do, so we do not allow a few individuals to incriminate our innocence“, the minister said.
While Nollywood is giving Akunyili and government “extra commitment”, what will Nollywood get from government? Stable electricity, better infrastructure, funding or free corruption government?

She went on to say “if Nollywood had focused more on the financial contributions made by civil servants to the apartheid struggle in the 70s in their films, present generation of South Africans would not hate us this much”.

When the Council Meets

Chinyere Okoye spoke to Adeyinka Junaid who exposes Nigerian challenges in a satirical, through The Council and proffer solutions to them

‘The Council’ is a satiric based television drama and talk, show aimed at drawing the governments attention at salient issues affecting the entire scheme of governance in and around the country. A brainchild of Tommy’s Play House the playlet is a humorous and educative, leaving viewers with no other option but to stick to their seats and enjoy a half hour but worthwhile discussion.

In a chat with the CEO Tommy’s play house Yinka Junaid said the programme has been designed to give the society something new on TV and one to be happy about “Nigeria has myriads of problems and as a passionate Nigerian I don’t want to seat down and watch her go down the more so in my little way contribute that is find a way to make amends and give back to the society that is what has given birth to the programme”. Junaid said. “I must tell you that people have become tired of the normal conventional way of teaching which they get in the schools, churches and a whole lot of them and they don’t even get enough of those teaching so the council serves as a focal point of learning as well”.

The half hour programme which shows in different television stations which include TVC, Superscreen, MiTV, MSTV Minna displays a series of well discussed issues admist the tough challenge involved in getting such topical issues discussed.
Speaking to THISDAY on the programme set up, Junaid said, that the members of the council will not be permanent as plans are on ground to make sure professionals, ministers, government functionaries and veterans in various fields come to the council to iron out issues. “We shall be having guests from various fields who are very vast in their field on the programme to talk to the audience and answer questions from the audience also because it is an audience- participatory programme”.

Expressing his disappointment and surprise on the level of sponsorship which is not coming forth as expected Junaid argues that corporate bodies, the banks and even the government should learn to sponsor educative programmes and not only the music entertainment industry. “The level of sponsorship is at zero level until recently when we started partnering with some TV stations and the profit divided. I have approached so many organizations and individuals with copies of my proposals and the council but none seam to be yielding fruit for now but I hope it gets better”.

Speaking on the representatives in the council which include people from different tribes he said the poor sponsorship have allowed for other tribes to have little or no representation in the council. “we have had calls fro people from other tribes asking why they are not represented in the council. We have tried our best but poor sponsorship has tied our hands but am sure it will get better”.

Junaid had been raised to face the challenges of life and never allow your humble background to be an impediment to attain higher height.

Junaid a graduate of history from the Obafemi Awolowo University believes he has used his knowledge of history to create a programme that would help people rediscover the history in them via the discussions that holds weekly in the council.
Tommy’s Play House also have its areas of business event management, film and TV production, multimedia productions and broadcast equipment rentals.

Junaid further revealed that the play house will by 2010 release a movie centered on a Yoruba heroine who sacrificed her life for love.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A positive score card for Apapa LG

Apapa Local Government is currently being driven by a focused, experienced and energetic team headed by its Chairman- Hon. Ayo Joseph. The team is saddled with a vision to re-generate Apapa as the commercial and tourist nerve centre, attracting people not only from within Lagos State but all over the country and the international community. Chinyere Okoye spoke to the LG chief on his development mission in the area.

Ayodeji Joseph is a graduate of Geography and Planning from Lagos State University (LASU). He also holds a Masters’ degree in Geographic Information Science from the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG). Prior to joining the service of Apapa Local Government Council as the Executive Chairman, he had worked variously in different organizations, including The Lagos State Civil Service as Research Officer in the Ministry of Physical Planning. He joined the Banking industry in the 2004 working with the highly rated Guaranty Trust Banks. At GTBank, he rose through the ranks with diligence and high level of expertise in the deployment of various tasks. Between May 2004 through March 2005, he was GTBank Representative, Process Re-engineering Team with Price Water House Coopers (PWC).

In March 2005, he became Head, POS installation and support unit, (E-Business and Card Services group of GTBank Plc) coordinating the activities of Point Of Sale Support and Installation unit nationwide ensuring product functionality, growth and usage.

As the Executive Chairman of Apapa Local Government, (The Golden Council), he is directly responsible for the smooth running of various governmental affairs aimed at bringing the dividends of democracy closer to the locales.
“I have worked in both the public and private sector” Ayodeji said. “While in the public I knew how things were done and in the private there is a whole new difference. In the private sector, a lot of things will go well when the environment is conducive. I have being trying to inject some of the ideas I acquired from the private sector into the public. I have also discovered that the best way of wining the heart of the cooperate society is by integrating them into the work plan that way they will know how much they are needed in the development stakes. Thus if you are able to win the confidence of the private sector you must be able to provide a good working environment for them. This and many more strikes the balance between the two sectors”.

The council boss while speaking to THISDAY on how he intends to achieve his goal as the chairman of the golden council said the educational and environmental sector is his main target by 2010. “I will love to make a difference in two major areas which is in education and restoring the environment back to its former clean state. In 2010 I will seriously focus on developing education. We have just about eight primary schools in Apapa and I think I can easily monitor them in terms of quality and output. Quality will span in the area of what pupils get, provision of equipments like computers because when the children are equipped and exposed learning becomes easy and interesting for them. I intend to establish an Education Enlightenment Campaign Team with the responsibility of bringing the reality of the importance of child-education to bear on the minds of the grassroots Apapa communities, and to inform them of the possibility of school enrolment and attendance. I will love to make the school environment girl-friendly by ensuring the provision of adequate modern learning tools decent toilet facilities and others. Heavy emphasis will be laid on Computer Literacy and re-introduction of Civics as a Subject in Schools curriculum through the State Universal Basic Education Board”.

“In my tenure as LG chief, Ayodeji stressed I will love to teach the people of Apapa to be clean. It is their duty to clean their environment. Sadly they have not being doing it, I will do it for them and will not tolerate a dirty environment from them”.

Speaking on government assistance to the projects at hand Ayodeji expressed his disappointments as Apapa Local Government hosts the foremost maritime port in Nigeria. As such, Apapa is the major industrial, commercial maritime/shipping, oil & gas business hub for Lagos, Nigeria and most West African States. “It is a pity that the government has neglected the development programs in Apapa council. Over 40% of the nations income is gotten from port which is located in this council yet we get nothing for remuneration for damages caused to the roads by truck drivers and motorists who ply the road almost twenty four hours every day. Most of the federal institutions in Apapa don’t pay tax which makes it a little difficult for us. We generate fund internally through motor parks, okada riders and the market. Well I must tell you that what we receive is way to small compare to the load of work here but now that the Lagos State government is trying to develop her local government areas may be more responsibility will be given to us in terms of money”.

Speaking on the rapid development in Apapa the LG chief argued that one must not wait until billions of naira is generated before doing something positive. “we did not spend any billion we were able to spend some hundreds of thousands. It is not all the construction that you see we did, a lot of individuals are seeing that the local government is doing well so they partner with us and we have few projects like that wherein people have assisted us to do. Since we have decided in this administration that we want to leave a mark in Apapa Local government, we channel all the resources we get to the development of the LG. thus we want to start up that change everybody is crying for. We have learnt not to blow our trumpet, but I must tell you we get commendations and it motivates me to do more”.

Still speaking on his development plans for Apapa LG Ayodeji identifies education, environment, health, infrastructure, road maintenance and rehabilitation as areas to watch out for in his administration by 2010.

Further speaking on the current state of security in the area due to the festive periods the LG chief said that measures have being taken by his government to avert all forms armed robbery and violent attacks on innocent citizens. “last September I had a meeting with all the security members in Apapa to avert the earlier mentioned problems. The police have being very helpful as they have deployed two patrol vehicles in the area to maintain law and order. We have also asked for more traffic officers be deployed in the area because we have not gotten full control over the tanker drivers who are ready to carry out a strike action if any of their members have his vehicle towed and it may end up affecting the whole nation. But we promise that by 2010 more will be done to ease the burden of traffic in Apapa”. Ayodeji further speaking on his development stakes he stressed that Apapa cannot achieve all it wants by 2010 without the sincere assistance from the federal government because they rely on the area for their smooth business transactions with the international community.

Addiction for Design

With a belief that the quality of one's surroundings will directly benefit a person's quality of life, develops and builds residential and commercial projects that respect the traditions of the past and integrate the efficiencies of innovation Chinyere Okoye spoke to Jumoke Sanwo a creative designer in home decorations, coffee café at Bishop Cottage

Over the past years I have been struggling in my mind with the balance between doing what I love, and making a living as a responsible adult. I frequently hear people say that we as creative designers, developers are “addicted” to what we do. I myself take offense to the word “addiction.” I like to use the word “passion” and say that we have a “passion” for what we do. Thinking of this prompted me to check out the two definitions, addiction is the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity, dependence, habit, problem but passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something, Ms. Sanwo said.
Having an intense desire for something can translate into addiction, I see passion as being driven by a strong belief, love, intense desire or unusual excitement for something.
My work is not something bad or unhealthy to my life or family. I have a “passion” for what I do. I am driven by the excitement and love for creativity. I thrive to be better with every project and I thrive to constantly learn and evolve with what I do. I believe if you do not have a passion for what you do, your success will be minimal, and you will never reach your full potential, she said.
Ms. Jumoke Sanwo is a designer, “I create because I am creative by nature. This is my passion, my life. When my passion is replaced with my desire for security and comfort, I'm letting go of a major part of what it means for me to be human”, she said.
However, the desire to succeed in a given instructional setting may not come from the instruction itself; it may come from long range goals, institutional requirements, or many other sources. Hence confirming the effectiveness of arranging resources and procedures to bring about changes in motivation.
In contrast, motivational design strives to make instruction more intrinsically interesting. Motivational design is systematic and aims for replicable principles and processes. In that regard, motivational design is based on the scientific literature on human motivation and stands in contrast to “charismatic” motivational speakers and workshops whose aims are largely in the area of emotional arousal and are grounded in a blending of personal experiences, psychological principles, and intuition.
At Bishop’s Cottage, you would find wooden children’s toys, children’s bed, Smeg fridges, Range master cookers, kitchen islands, Asian pottery/ceramics, retro mirrors, silverware, cookware, garden furniture, spa body range, aromatic candles, hand-woven tapestries and carpets, Ms. Sanwo said.
According to the Managing Director, Bishop Cottage, Ms. Jumoke Sanwo told THISDAY “the most common ways to utilize the benefits of aromatherapy are massage, direct inhalation, and other topical application of essential oils. Aromatherapy candles are easy to use and do not require an extensive knowledge of essential oils. All you have to do is light a candle and then enjoy the great effects of aromatherapy”.
The use of aromatherapy is very popular for yoga and meditation, but these great candles can be used each day as well. Try lighting a great smelling candle while you read a book at night of light a candle when you get home from work to unwind. You may be surprised to find how much increased energy or relaxation you kind find simply by utilizing the great effects of aromatherapy candles, she said.
According to a scientist, Ms. Sanwo state that essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits and not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents can supply therapeutic benefit by diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion.
At the other extreme, there are bound to be challenges, the increasing burden of security, authentication, power, transportation, and identification is often a challenge Ms Sanwo said.

Bow Wow Thrills Africa in Style

Bow Wow stepped outside of the box since he was 5, when he was discovered by Snoop Dogg and featured on the entertainment icon’s groundbreaking Doggystyle album. After being teamed a few years later with Jermaine Dupri, Lil Bow Wow exploded onto the music scene in 2000 with Beware of Dog told Chinyere Okoye at CABANGA conference center, Johannesburg, South Africa on how he wants to make difference in entertainment industry

With the goal of creating a music made up of performances different with raps, Bow Wow said, "I'm maturing. I'm becoming a man, but I'm staying humble. I'm staying myself and most importantly, I'm trying to make good movies and music for my fans."
Sometimes, when we need a clearer picture of the world around us, it works best to rely on music for both information and inspiration. Music is one of our most powerful means of expression. From the dawn of human history, we have used music for our entertainment, but also for more practical purposes: to worship, to relate our histories and myths, to convey our values, and of course, for the more worldly goals of courtship, Bow Wow said.

At age 6, Shad Gregory Moss stage name Lil' Bow Wow met star rapper Snoop Dogg and was invited to join the Chronic tour. Snoop Dogg and introduced him to producer Jermaine Dupri.

Bow Wow told THISDAY at M-Net’s Big Brother Africa Revolution that as age come by, “My voice began to change and in 2003 I left So So Def and Jermaine Dupri for Columbia Records and a more adult approach to music. Then a new album, Unleashed, appeared utilizing the services of a variety of top hip hop producers. Unleashed was most successful, it reached top pop album chart and included "Let's Get Down," a top 15 pop hit”, Bow Wow said.

“Music and art are just moments in time that can exist anywhere, but they have so much power in them, and if you can harness that power you can truly connect people everywhere regardless of your religion, your political view, your race, your culture, or how much money you have. This is one thing that we have on this planet that intrinsically can connect us", he said.

Again “I realized that I could have them all play on the same songs as I traveled and show people the power of what we can all do if we work together in a positive way,"
One of the intentions of coming to Africa was to blend sounds from around the world that typically heard together. The inspiration for this idea came during a recording session.

In 2004, I starred in Johnson Family Vacation, starred in 2005 Roll Bounce, and also had a lead role in 2006's The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
The fourth album, Wanted was released in July 2005 and quickly reached the top 3 of the pop albums chart. It was supported by the top 5 single "Let Me Hold You," a duet with former B2K member Omarion. The second single, "Like You," is a duet with a successful artist in her own right, Ciara, he said.
According Bow Wow, the fifth album The Price of Fame was released in December 2006. It was preceded by the single "Shorty Like Mine" featuring Chris Brown, which climbed to #12 on the pop singles chart.
In December 2007, I collaborated with R&B singer Omarion on the album Face Off released. It included the minor hit single "Girlfriend" but failed to reach the top 10 of the album chart. Then the sixth solo studio album New Jack City II hit stores in March 2009.
After a rollercoaster 91 days of reality TV action, it will all culminate in a not-to-be missed 2 hour show, adding to the excitement of the dramatic show, an international star Bow Wow thrilled the audiences with three of his hit songs.
He is also the youngest solo rapper to ever hit no. 1, as recognized by the Guinness Book Of World Records. He has sold more than 14 million digital assets.
His success came from his ability to tap into the mammoth teen market. “There was a big sea of people that hadn't been touched yet”, explains, “I just happened to be the first one since Kriss Kross to touch them”, he said.

Now reunited and intensely focused on his music career, Bow Wow made a point to humble himself and listen to JD in order to enable the duo to make history again. “When I got back with him,” Bow Wow says, “he pushed me even harder because he knows that I want to be the best.”

Again, Bow Wow’s male and female clothing and sneaker lines will debut in spring 2010. “It is global and going to change the paradigm on how people think of him.” Bow Wow says, “When you purchase anything from my line you’re being a part of the movement because, I’m going to donate 10% of my profits to charities and organizations around the world”.

Hands on Deck at Film and Broadcast Academy

In the ever-changing world of the motion picture industry, it is essential for a filmmaker to keep abreast of evolutions in new technology trends to predict climate changes so quickly that often times, revolutionary ideas of telling stories with moving images from silent films to digital age and to use all tool at their disposal Chinyere Okoye writes

As burgeoning film professionals, Film and Broadcast academy is set to impact learning, balancing of artistic inclinations with a thorough understanding of the business of filmmaking and the industry as a whole. Topics such as option agreements, financing, sound licensing, film festivals, representation, distribution and marketing will be covered.
Production design plays an important role in the success of any production, as it provides the audience with the visual clues that establish and enhance the production content. The production designer works to create a design style or concept that visually interprets and communicates a story, script or environment appropriate to the production content and action. Film and Broadcast Academy is intended to help students prepare for the design requirements of their film projects, construction, makeup design, costume design, and basic aesthetics.
To demonstrate commitment to development of the movie industry, the Ejiro brothers, with the support from a movie industry guru, Chief Charles Akeni, a retired Public Relations (PR) manager in Shell Company and chairman of the academy have set up a film academy called Film and Broadcast Academy in Ozoro, Delta state, as 8,000 candidates have passed the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board examinations to gain admission into the school.

Speaking at the event, Chief Charles Akeni, said the academy will offers courses that will guarantee students National Vocation Certificate and National Innovation Diploma at the end of their stay and admission is open to those who have completed junior secondary school, senior secondary school, unemployed or under employed graduates, among others.
The school, he said, has in place a dormitory for students who live far from Delta state, studio for movies, music studio and mini studio for broadcast and will apply for radio and television license as the academy is for both those who want to be professionals in movie making and broadcasting, as the school commences classes in 14th January 2010.
“I got interested in the academy because there were greater heights the industry could not aspire to. Acting, broadcasting, film directing, scriptwriting and all aspects of the entertainment industry needed to move to a higher level, with over 30 streams of income. We also intend to make this school a public income school after 3years and international accredits the school like Microsoft. We will not compromise” he said.
Akeni also disclosed that Delta state government through the assistance of the Special Assistant to the governor on Culture, Richard Mofe-Damijo gave them a temporary site for the school while the communities in Ozoro gave them land at a subsidized rate to build the structures for the school.
Vice chairman of the academy and filmmaker Zeb Ejiro, said the academy would train the students to be independent professionals that would raise the standard in the industry.

He said the students would be involved in the practical and theoretical aspects of the lectures while in the school and they would have the opportunity to sell their music, films and other presentations on the Internet.
According to Ejiro, the academy is interested to sharpen skills, teach them fundamentals of visual and dramatic storytelling through the production of films.
Film and broadcast academy encourages students to take creative risks and find their own voices as visual artists. Students receive a certificate upon successful completion as well as filmmaking skills, an enormous amount of production experience, a body of their own work, and a feature film project. The network of working relationships they develop with their classmates will help carry them forward as they pursue their own careers in filmmaking.
The goal of this is to fully immerse each student in an intensive and focused course of study, providing a solid structure for writing and meeting deadlines. Students learn the craft of writing by gaining an understanding of story, structure, character, conflict and dialogue, he said.
With strict adherence to the rituals of writing and learning, students complete a first draft of a feature length screenplay of 90 to 120 pages. This class is designed as a creative and academic safe haven to develop, rewrite, and polish their scripts, Ejiro said.

In order for a student to successfully pass this class, each project must be “script–locked” by the end of the semester, and ready for Pre- Production.
By the school curriculum, students analyze budgets and schedules of feature films in order to gain an understanding of these two key elements in preparing a project for production.

The students will also gain valuable experience of shooting on a sound stage. Working with dollies, cranes, flats, standing sets, green screens, and the many other elements inherent to filmmaking on a closed stage, students will be exposed to a professional filming environment to shoot several in-class group projects including a music video, he said.