Sa­hara Group, Afo­layan ini­ti­ate film men­tor­ship con­test

Daily Trust - - YOUTHVILLE - Text from Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

Sa­hara Group Ltd and ace Nol­ly­wood ac­tor, Kunle Afo­layan have ini­ti­ated a film men­tor­ship ini­tia­tive that seeks to nur­ture young film mak­ers in Nige­ria.

At a brief­ing to an­nounce the com­mence­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion in Lagos, Sa­hara Group Manag­ing Direc­tor, An­thony Youde­owei said the whole idea is to pro­vide a plat­form for youths who are 35 years be­low

to gain real and life-time ex­pe­ri­ence and ac­quire knowl­edge from a pro­fes­sional like Afo­layan.

”Un­der what we called ex­traprenur­ship at Sa­hara Group Ltd which is a fo­cal point of our Per­sonal So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity, we have de­signed this to en­able young Nige­ri­ans who have in­nate abil­ity and seek to de­velop it in film mak­ing but lack a plat­form to nur­ture it.

Youde­owei said as the Group turns 20, it is work­ing on rais­ing a new breed of Nige­rian schol­ars who are pas­sion­ate about in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity and in­nate abil­ity.

Its spokesman, Mr Bethel Obioma said to par­tic­i­pate, young tal­ents should sub­mit a short doc­u­men­tary of 15 min­utes that cap­tures Nige­ri­ans work­ing in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try.

He said at the close of en­try sub­mis­sion, 20 fi­nal­ists will be se­lected and at the end of the day, one ul­ti­mate win­ner will emerge who will un­dergo men­tor­ship train­ing un­der Afo­layan for six months. “Along­side the men­tor­ship will be other in­cen­tives that would “change the life of the lucky fel­low for­ever,” Obioma noted.

In his re­marks, Mr. Afo­layan said, “I find this part­ner­ship with Sa­hara Group Ltd very im­por­tant. On my part, I have al­ways wanted to give back to the so­ci­ety. I un­der­stand that mak­ing film is one craft, mak­ing money is an­other. If you are able to com­bine both, you will be mak­ing both good film and good money.”

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