BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Award-winning Nollywood producer, Kunle Afolayan has signed a mentorship deal with Sahara Group for a project aimed at connecting young film makers with stakeholders that can help hone their skills to enhance productivity, excellence and sustainability in their careers.
The project is tagged Grooming Film Extrapreneurs with Kunle Afolayan and is part of the activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sahara Group.
Young film makers from across Nigeria will be expected to submit a 15-minute documentary based on the theme: My Nigeria, My Platform…Nigeria through an entrepreneur’s eyes. The documentaries will be used to shape a narrative for Nigeria that captures our enterprise and productivity as a people. The competition will run from July 1st 2016 to July 25th 2016 and participants should not be more than 35 years old.
Speaking about the objective of the project, the Managing Director, Sahara Group, Anthony Youdeowei said, “This project is an opportunity for Sahara to contribute to socio-economic growth in Nigeria where we have had the opportunity of growing the Sahara Brand for 20 years. At Sahara, we are passionate about Nigeria and believe that the initiative will help shape a narrative of Nigeria that captures our enterprise and productivity as a people.”
Expressing his excitement about his involvement in the project, Kunle Afolayan said, “I have always wanted to do something like this before now. So, for me to be chosen for this project, it is my dream coming true through Sahara Group and I am excited about it.”
Describing the process of elimination and eventual selection of the winner, he continued:
“We will be expecting entries from young film makers across Nigeria, which will be whittled down to a shortlist of 20, a number that is commemorative of Sahara’s 20th anniversary. These 20 entries will then go on to the final stage from where a winner will be selected. At the end of the training period, I expect that the overall winner would have improved on overall film making capability, style of storytelling, subject matter interpretation, audio and visual quality, aesthetics as well as understanding of the perspective of a story. More important, the winner will also learn the commercial side of film making so that he or she is not just a good film maker, but also be a wealthy film maker.”