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AMAA 2022 Holds October 30
The 18th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) holds at the Jewel Aeida Hall, in Lekki, Lagos, on October 30 at 7:00 pm. However, the Director of Media, Tope Ajayi, said activities for the glam event would begin with the graduation of trainees of the African Film Academy Film-In-A-Box training program on October 25.

This will be followed by Wellness Day on October 27, while October 28 is dedicated to a series of conferences that include, diaspora discussion, music, and film discussion, and round off with a fashion show.

A nominees’ party is expected to follow on Saturday, October 29, while the AMAA gala is on October 30, 2022. Some of the dignitaries expected to grace the occasion include the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the commissioner for Culture, Arts, and Tourism, Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf.

MultiChoice Ushers In ‘Next
Generation Of African Storytellers 
THE MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy (MTF), a multi-disciplinary training program
that was launched in 2018 to develop the next generation of storytellers in Africa, held its yearly graduation ceremonies this month. 

The factory celebrated the talent and hard work of 57 students across three academies in West, East and Southern Africa, all of who worked tirelessly to hone their skills and develop their craft.

In addition to receiving their qualifications conferred by the three partner universities on the day, the top graduates from each of the three academies were presented with opportunities for further development with various internships sponsored by MTF partner organizations. 

The top graduates who were awarded an eight-week scholarship at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) are Melkamu Haile from Ethiopia, Lushinjilo Victor Kasanga from Zambia, and Adedamola Akapo from Nigeria. 

The top graduates awarded a two-week Bollywood internship with Zee World are Emmanuel Horla Nuvor from Ghana, Audrey Egesa from Kenya, and Yvonne Feresu from Zimbabwe. Additionally, top graduates Oluwatoyosi Fowode from Nigeria, Kenneth Msanjila from Tanzania, and Larona Dichaba equally got a two-week internship at a local film and TV production in South Africa. 

“The common saying is that the world is your oyster, but for creative TV and filmmakers, we say the world is your canvas! When you were chosen to be part of the MTF Class of 2022, you brought along your talents and all the Factory did was help you structure and polish what was already there. It is for this reason that I have every belief that you will carry the MTF Alumni badge with pride and excellence. 

I challenge you to do one thing: to tell Africa’s future stories with care, dignity, boldness and with passion,” said Multichoice Talent Factory Director, Nwabisa Matyumza. Matyumza hinted that the final requirement of the talent’s curriculum was to create and develop feature films that would be broadcast on local channels and Showmax. 

“To all the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy 2022 graduates, I hope that you hear the applause from all of us at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) for successfully completing your yearlong training. You have been given an amazing opportunity to hone your craft and NYFA feels honoured to have played a role in your development as a global storyteller,” said the President of the New York Film Academy, Michael J. Young. 

Now in its third cohort, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy through partnerships with renowned organizations such as Dolby Studios, Canon, Zee World, Pan-Atlantic University in Nigeria, Kenyatta University in Kenya, and the University of Zambia has been able to establish itself as a premier provider of media and technology training in Africa.

Film Mart Institute Names 
Business Lab Participants
THREE Nigerians — Abisola Aboaba, Damilola Aleje, and Fulfilment C. Awaturoucha — are among 31 professionals selected for the Durban Film Mart Institute (DFMI) Business Lab initiative. The DFMI Lab is a 12-week business skills development program, aimed at nurturing and empowering producers with the necessary skills to effectively engage in a global market. 

The lab will focus on modules such as Financial Management, Business Management, IP & Entertainment Law, and Distribution. The other participants selected include Ahmad Mahmoud (Sudan, Aissa Djouamaa (Algeria), Alyaa Musa (Sudan), Ceke Mathenge (Kenya), Crizelle Anthony (South Africa) Daniel Abebe (Ethiopia), Emma Tollman (South Africa) and Essam Hayder (Egypt). Others are Hallie Haller (South Africa), Hatibu Madudu (Tanzania), Hayat Aljowaily (Egypt), Kondwani Banda (Zambia), Marwa Abdalla (Egypt), Mary (Wanjiku) Waweru (Kenya) and Mogomotsi Nsengathekwe (Botswana). Also participating are Mohamed Kateb (Egypt), Nahom Abraham (Eritrea), Natasha Elkington (Kenya), Nkosilesisa Ncube (Zimbabwe), Obett Motaung (South Africa), and Olivier Medjigbodo (Benin). 

The DFMI Lab is presented in partnership with DW Akademie and supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Durban FilmMart Institute receives principal funding from the Durban Film Office and the eThekwini Municipality. 

The online program will commence in October 2022. 


Frebetha Atieku Adjoh

News Editor, Lover of Arts & Entertainment

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