The Lagos state ministry of tourism, arts, and culture has collaborated with The Temple Company for the launch of Gidi Creative Centre, a platform to train and equip young talents in the creative industry.

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The company unveiled the new platform during a press conference in Lagos. The initiative which is targeted to empower 200 youths across 10 skill areas was launched on Thursday.

According to Idris Olorunnibe, the director of Temple Company, the academy is aimed to train, equip and fund talents with “sharp” ideas.

“We realise to work in the creative industry isn’t a joke. During COVID-19, I mentioned that the creative industry must be recognised as an essential service so we’re about to equip a large set of people in the Industry and make them the best they can be,” he said.

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“After equipping them with the talent and skills on entrepreneurship and leadership, if they have sharp ideas during the training they can access finance.”

On her part, Uzamat Akinbile Yusuf, Lagos commissioner for tourism, said the academy will empower youths with “professional skills and infrastructure”.

She further said the vision of the academy is to develop tourism in Lagos and also bring the state’s creative space into the global limelight.

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“Vision behind this partnership is to use Lagos rich natural resources, creative talent, diverse culture and heritage to promote the sustainable development of tourism as a viable sector of the economy,” she said

“The initiative has been developed into an academy that will offer training and equip individuals with the necessary skills and capacity. Also access to professional skills and infrastructure.

“The partnership will give student access to ogidi studios, a full-scale production studio, that serves the entire value chain in the entertainment and creative industry. The studio will also serve as a factory and creative campus with outstanding facilities such as a production studio, post-production studio, audio recording studio, rehearsal spaces, and adoptive studio for self-design and creation, production equipment, and many more

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“This initiative is indeed an outstanding one which will equip our youths and put the spotlight on the Lagos creative space and industry. Also, boost the capacity potentials of the creative industry and by extension Nigeria.”

Beginning on August 18, the call for entries will run until September 8 via the academy website — wwpw.gidicreativecentre.com.

Click here to apply.

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