Terra Kulture, the film production company, has received a financial donation from Netflix, the global streaming company.
In a statement on Friday, Bolanle Austen-Peters, the CEO of the Lagos-based company, said the donation follows the recent announcement by Netflix to extend the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film and television students to select west and central African countries to study at partner universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, and Gabon.
Austen-Peters disclosed that the fund is aimed at promoting the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts and culture sector.
She also said the donation will help to enlarge the artistic and cultural engagements of the company while executing community-focused projects.
“The support fund will be directed to industry and community-focused areas of engagement which include academic training, theatre, gallery, and bookstore. It is also intended to ensure cultural programming in Nigeria while promoting the various artistic and cultural projects led by Terra Kulture,” she said.
“We’re delighted to receive this donation from Netflix. It would be helpful to take our ongoing projects to the next step.”
The CEO of Terra Kulture said the firm has been at the forefront of promoting Nigeria’s art and culture through exhibitions; indigenous restaurants; and storytelling through its award-winning plays and movies since 2003.
“Over these years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of arts, culture, and languages to impact the next generation most effectively,” she added.
“With the financial support received, Terra Kulture Academy for the Arts aims to fulfil its mission to support, upskill and inspire Nigeria’s creative youths through educational and recreational programs that will yield multiplicative benefits to themselves, their families, communities, and the overall Nigerian creative economy.”
Terra Kulture has trained more than 2,000 youths in theatre lighting design, sound design, costume design, production management, props management, and some other creative skills.
In a bid to formalise the skilling efforts, the organization launched Terra Academy for the Arts (TAFTA), which is a free-to-attend training program created to formally empower young creatives with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre.
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