In an electrifying announcement made via his Facebook handle today Thursday, October 5th, 2023, Kakalistiq.com reports that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwoolu revealed that the groundbreaking ceremony for the colossal $100 million African Film City project in Epe, Lagos State, is poised to commence in the coming weeks. This transformative project, known as the Africa Film & Media City, is strategically located in the picturesque Ejirin City within the Epe region of Lagos.
Spanning an impressive 100 hectares of land, the Africa Film City is poised to be a game-changer for the burgeoning film and media industry in Africa. Governor Sanwoolu’s revelation promises not only a significant boon for Lagos but for the entire African continent.
Governor Sanwoolu emphasized the profound impact of this project on the creative talents of the region, indicating a substantial increase in financial and training support. This translates to more opportunities for skill development in cutting-edge filmmaking techniques and enhanced grants for short story productions. Elevating the creative industry, he asserted, stands at the forefront of their mission.
The Governor shared this momentous news at the 12th edition of the AFRIFF (African International Film Festival) Press Briefing, surrounded by esteemed industry veterans, accomplished movie producers, and revered Nollywood stars. Together, they pledged unwavering commitment to showcasing original local content to a global audience.
The presence of U.S. Consul General, Mr. Will Stevens, at the event was an honor and symbolized a collective determination to seize this “African moment” to bolster the growth of Nollywood, Nigeria’s thriving film industry.
Governor Sanwoolu’s rallying call echoed through the event: Let’s collaborate and share our unique stories with the world. Together, they envision a future where Lagos and Nigeria shine brightly on the global filmmaking map, adding their voices to the rich tapestry of global cinema.