The 2019 edition of the United States creative academy Del-York Creative has begun at Lagos with over 250 students in attendance and about 24 lecturers.
The academy is an expression of the company’s commitment to “Change the African Narrative and Drive Social Change across the Continent.”
The press conference was hosted by the academy as a means to engage with the media and stakeholders about their various roles in creating shared value for the industry by investing in local content while igniting the future of Africa’s creative industry through filmmaking.
The CEO of Del-York International and President of Del-York Creative Academy, Linus Idahosa, explained that the academy was about developing the skills of African filmmakers and the growth of the African Film Industry.
It is also to give them the tools and skills necessary to increase the number of professional talents the continent has to offer, with an aim to develop technical skills in storytelling.
Quoting the CEO:
“The academy is expected to provide Africa’s next generation of storytellers the skillset to ignite their passions, connect with industry professionals and tell authentic African stories.”
“The African creative industry is a gold mine capable of changing the entire continent and the academy is a labor of love and a seed intended to provide the needed structure for talents.”
“The success of this academy will, over time, deliver a more professionalized, networked film and television industry across Africa and an expanded community of highly-skilled professionals who are passionate about creating quality home-grown content”.
Idahosa further noted that they were excited about the launch of this edition, as it reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the industry and promoting sustainability by creating shared value across the business through quality programming for their customers.
The 2019 edition of the United States creative academy is in partnership with Choice International, LontorPays, Gree, Guardian Studios, The Guardian, Trace Naija, and Yoomee.