Nigeria’s thriving entertainment industry is on the cusp of a significant milestone as the highly anticipated Lagos Film City, a groundbreaking $100 million legacy project, is scheduled to commence this Wednesday in the Ikosi Ejinrin region of the Lagos East Senatorial District. This ambitious undertaking, poised to become the largest of its kind in Africa, underscores the unwavering commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to the creative sector.
The announcement was made by Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, who revealed that this groundbreaking event symbolizes a new era of prosperity and innovation for Lagos State. Lagos Film City, stretching across 100 hectares of land, aims to stimulate economic growth by offering employment opportunities to the nation’s youth. The project’s financing will be driven by a Private-Public Partnership (PPP).
The Lagos Film City will serve as an all-in-one facility, encompassing leisure, entertainment, and educational infrastructure. It will be equipped with cutting-edge studios to support television, radio, and film production from pre-production to post-production and distribution, among other functions.
Mrs. Benson-Awoyinka emphasized the state government’s unwavering commitment to this transformative endeavor, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. She emphasized the project’s potential to elevate Lagos to even greater heights and bolster the tourism and entertainment industry.
Furthermore, this groundbreaking event is a pivotal component of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s strategy to fortify the creative industry’s future in Lagos State. The Lagos Film City project, in conjunction with creative training partnerships like EbonyLife Academy, Del-York, and Ogidi Studios, is poised to solidify Lagos State’s global presence in the entertainment and creative industry.
Del-York and Lagos State Government Sign MoU for Africa Film & Media City
At the prestigious Ehingbeti Investment Summit held in Lagos State, Del York International Group and the Lagos State Government inked a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is set to revolutionize the creative industry in Africa. The highlight of the summit was the formal signing ceremony for the development of an ultramodern Film and Media city in Epe, Lagos.
The signing, which took place in the presence of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was a significant milestone in a project that represents a game-changer for the entire African continent. The Lagos Film and Media City, to be constructed on 100 hectares of land in Ejirin city in Epe, is envisioned as a sanctuary for leisure, entertainment, learning, and creative innovation.
This groundbreaking initiative, christened “Kebulania,” aims to attract global attention to Lagos as a central hub for the entertainment industry in Africa. The project will include multiple soundstages, a technology park, a School of Creative Arts & Entrepreneurship, a theme park, residential and commercial real estate, a Nollywood Walk of Fame, and front & backlot infrastructure for diverse film environments, establishing Lagos on the global creative industry map.
Del-York’s consortium, led by global partners like Storyland Studios, has committed to delivering a project of the highest quality and international standard. Linus Idahosa, Chairman of Del-York International Group, expressed the dedication and relentless effort put into making this groundbreaking project a reality.
Construction of the Africa Film & Media City is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2023, marking a significant step towards the realization of this transformative vision.
These developments in Lagos are part of a broader effort to position Nigeria as a key player in the global entertainment industry. With support from both local and international investors, the country is poised to usher in a new era of creativity and innovation in the heart of Africa.
Benson-Awoyinka averred that the Lagos State Government is committed to investing in this project, which is kicking off with the groundbreaking event, under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture.
She noted that Lagos Film City is poised to make Lagos State even more prosperous and unique, adding that the state government will not rest on its oars of past achievements but will instead make the tourism and entertainment industry more vibrant.
The Lagos Film City project, alongside the creative training partnership initiatives of the state government with the likes of EbonyLife Academy, Delyork, and Ogidi Studios, among others, will make Lagos State a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment and creative industry across the globe.