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The Lagos FilmLAB is a New Initiative for Aspiring Filmmakers

The initiative aims to support 12 teams of emerging talent in Lagos through an intensive residential program.

Nollywood is a billion-dollar industry that produces at least 50 movies a week—the second highest output in the world. Nigeria is undoubtedly invested in supporting aspiring filmmakers who will eventually contribute to both the local and international film industry. With that in mind, the British Council and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) have partnered up with Biola Alabi Media and Creative England to create the Lagos FilmLAB, an initiative that will support emerging talent with the hopes of improving the overall quality of films and increase the revenue they generate.


The Lagos FilmLAB will be selecting 12 teams of emerging talent in the Lagos State throughout September. Thereafter, the chosen candidates will participate in an intensive residential program that will teach them about script development, production, marketing, financing and a number of other important aspects that are a crucial part of the film-making process. The candidates will be mentored by seasoned film executives and several other professionals in the industry. Seminars and workshops will also be open to those looking to improve their skills and expertise in the film industry.

Speaking about the new initiative, the acting executive secretary of the LSETF, Teju Abisoye, said that, "As a partner for the maiden edition of this Creative Sector initiative, we are convinced this collaboration further defines our commitment to job creation through relevant and appropriate skills that support the Creative Sector in Lagos State and in particular film production." He added that, "Finally we expect that a new tribe of world-class filmmakers would emerge to further contribute to the depth of quality and growth of the Creative Industry in Lagos State."

You can apply or read more about the Lagos FilmLAB here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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