Lagos state promises one-stop shop for filmmakers

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(L-R) Dean School of Media and Communication, Lagos Business School (LBS), Mr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Talent Director, MultiChoice Talent Factory, Mr Femi Odugbemi, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Shuli Adebolu and the CEO MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe during the MultiChoice Talent Factory Graduation Ceremony held in LBS, Ajah.

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Lagos State government, south west Nigeria, says it will establish a one-stop shop for film makers in the state.

The State says as part of effort to boost the film and entertainment industry, film makers will enjoy support from conceptualization of ideas to the final prodution.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Shuli Adebolu made this known at the graduation ceremony of the Pioneer MultiChoice Talent Factory Scholars drawn from across West Africa,

Mrs. Adebolu explained that the State was blessed with beautiful locations for film production.

She added that efforts were being considered to ensure the State had a one-stop Centre that would ensure quality and timely  production of films that meet domestic and international standard.

This would grow the industry and also attract foreign investors, she stressed.

The Commissioner equally reiterated the state’s commitment to boost tourism and the entertainment sector by ensuring that the state became a preferred destination for tourists and the entertainment hub of the continent.

According to her, “Lagos is the 2nd largest when it comes to the amount of films produced on the Continent globally, Lagos State government says it will establish a one-stop shop for film makers in the state.

While commending MultiChoice for its Talent Factory initiative, she restated the readiness of Lagos State Government to collaborate with Private Sector and key Stakeholders for the development of the industry to create jobs and source of revenue earning for the state.

“Lagos State is therefore set to open her doors by creating enabling environment, regulations and solid foundations that would make the sector a flourishing one that could successfully rival the likes of Hollywood and Bollywood entertainment industries.”

 

Hauwa Abu