By Gbenga Bada
Award-winning Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham has announced the selection of Abiola Oyetunde, one of the students that participated in Africa Film Academy’s (AFA) ‘Film-in-a-Box’ training as one of the writers to work with her on her new project. The selected student is an alumni of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu sponsored ‘Film in a box’ training and project for emerging filmmakers in Lagos.
The Film-in-a-Box training a flagship project of AFA that offers immersive and residency training to young aspiring filmmakers. Through the support of Lagos State Government, over 400 students have been trained in different areas of filmmaking by top professionals in the field.
The selected student, Abiola Oyetunde recently completed a screening training with the first cohort at the just concluded training which held in Alimosho area of Lagos State. Abiola Oyetunde who was selected by the ‘Alakada’ star to join her team is one of the 13 finalists selected by Toyin Abraham-Ajeyemi.
He expressed his delight at the selection. Abiola said he was glad to have been chosen from the thousands of writers who applied across the country. He further expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to learn from expert faculties that was afforded to him by the Lagos State Government and Africa Film Academy.
“I was really glad to have been a part of the Film in a box training. Learning about synopsis, situations, and treatment has helped me to take hold of this opportunity. We get to do the same thing here as a team. I am grateful to Mummy Toyin Abraham for this opportunity,” said Abiola while sharing the news with the AFA team.
The ‘Film in a box’ project and training is one of the projects commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu under the THEMES agenda through the Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf led Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts. The project is scheduled to hold in Epe, Badagry, Ikorodu, and Alimosho areas of Lagos state.
On her part, founder Africa Film Academy and AMAAs, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe said she’s delighted about the move. She further said the adoption shows that the Governor Sanwo-Olu supported project is making landmark strides among youths in the Lagos metropolis.