Lagos, Nigeria, 17 September 2021 – The second intake of students at the EbonyLife Creative Academy (ELCA) completed twelve weeks of classes recently and passed out in a joyful ceremony at EbonyLife Place on Friday 17th September. They were able to undertake their courses free of charge, courtesy of funding by Lagos State Government through Lagos State Creative Industries Initiative (LACI), under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Since 7th June 2021, the students have been engaged in learning more about screenwriting, production, directing, acting, cinematography, lighting, art direction, sound, and post-production. Designed by international film industry experts, the courses help film professionals to hone their skills and provide beginners with the qualifications to pursue careers in film and television. Technical partners HP and Zinox have continued to support the programme with IT equipment and maintenance.

Towards the end of their study, groups of students from different disciplines merged into four teams to produce a short film each for exhibition. These four films – Omo Atoke, No One Right Way, The Samaritan and Waiting For You – were shown during the graduation and showed just how proficient the graduates have become. Each film was applauded enthusiastically by the students and their VIP guests, as their impressive filmmaking skills were exhibited.

Several prizes were awarded to the best-performing students in the following categories: scripting, production, acting, cinematography, editing, sound, mixing, music, original song and directing. In addition, there was an award for best film and a special recognition award for musical performance. For a full list of winners, see

The Hon. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, was there to present the awards. “This second batch of young filmmakers has proven that the EbonyLife Creative Academy is providing valuable skills that can only enhance Nigerian filmmaking. If the short films we have seen today are any indication, the creative economy will continue to grow as production values improve.”

Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Media, said, “I’m happy to see the graduates making the most of the opportunities provided by Lagos State’s funding of this Academy. These young filmmakers have grown tremendously in such a short time, I can only imagine the amazing stories they will be telling in future films.”

Head of School, Mr. Theart Korsten spoke about his young charges. “This group is just as talented and determined as our first cohort. The last three months marks the beginning of a process of lifelong learning, and I hope that they will continue to sharpen their skills and keep up to date with the latest filmmaking techniques and technology.”
The third intake of students at ELCA has started classes already and is set to graduate in December. Registration is ongoing for the intake that will follow. For more information on courses available at EbonyLife Creative Academy, visit


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