Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

Award-winning Nollywood filmmaker, Emmanuel Eyaba, has urged State and Local Government to embrace  empowerment opportunities that abound in the Nigerian film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, to create jobs for creative Nigerian youths.

He made the call in an interview on Tuesday in Abuja.

 Eyaba, who is the Project Director of 2ET Media Network, organisers of  “Unleash Your Creativity”,   annual  filmmaking capacity-building reality TV show for youths, said Nollywood is a springboard that could lift youths from unemployment.

”As the nation grapples with increasing youth unemployment, it is high time governments, especially at the state and local government levels,  take deliberate steps towards making their localities filmmaking hubs.

He said  that  organisers of  the “Unleash Your Creativity” capacity building show, which has been holding since inception in the Federal Capital Territory, was willing  to take the event to the grassroots for enhanced youths participation.

“We will be pitching the project to state and local  governments this year to see how more young people can benefit from it.

“Unleash Your Creativity, also known as UUC, is fashioned to capture, nurture, equip and empower industrious and creative youths, thereby cutting down drastically the rising unemployment rate in Nigeria and Africa at large.

 “The show uniquely incorporates youth empowerment, tourism development and cultural orientation through filmmaking.

“In this last edition , as we have always done, we had trainings from scriptwriting, costume and make up, acting, YouTube monetization, producing, Cinematography, Direction to Post production.

Eyaba sais 20  young filmmakers were trained  in the just concluded  edition of the show, which  was held in collaboration with the Cross River Government, under its Ministry of Tourism.

He explained that movie production  projects  were already arranged for the participants  with the support of  major film production companies  in Nigeria.

 “In  the recently concluded season 6 edition of the show, Nya  Margaret emerged as the Best Producer, Uduanya Emmanuel  as  Best cinematographer and Ukonyi  Ukorunyi  stood out as the Best scripter.

“Other winners are Young  Charles – Best editor, OyiBo Agbero- Best  Male Actor, Edna Jones -Best Female Actor , James Anekan- Best Director,  and Nya  Margaret emerged the   Face of UUC 6.

“These young people will not just become self-employed, but will become employers of labour themselves, and that is the ripple effect of the industry opportunities.

“That is why urge states and local governments especially,to embrace what we are offering as industry if they really want to curb youth unemployment and restiveness,” he said. (NAN)

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