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Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in partnership with EbonyLife Media & Del-York Creative Academy launched the Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative



The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has officially launched the Lagos State Creative Industry Initiative (LACI) at a brand unveiling ceremony today. The aim of the initiative is to make Lagos a destination for a skilled, well-trained workforce for the creative industry, thereby boosting the state’s economy as the sector continues to thrive.

LACI will serve as a training platform for practitioners in the creative sector on the use of modern technology, to enhance the content and quality of Nigeria’s entertainment. The objectives of LACI are in line with two of Lagos State’s development pillars – education & technology and entertainment & tourism – and will help to attract film productions from around Nigeria, the rest of Africa, and the world.

As part of its strategy to fast-track the output of LACI, Lagos State is partnering with two creative firms, EbonyLife Media and Del-York Creative Academy, to enhance the skills and exposure of approximately 1,500 practitioners in the State’s creative industry. In 2021, through the Creative Lagos program, Del-York will offer a hybrid of online and offline courses for approximately 1,000 students, in Filmmaking, Media, Arts, Technology, and Digital marketing. EbonyLife Creative Academy will offer free, practical three-month courses for up to 480 learners, covering all aspects of filmmaking and media content production.

According to Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Hon. Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, the establishment of Lagos State Creative Industries Initiative (LACI) is a critical step towards making Lagos the main hub for Africa’s creative industry.

LACI is a continuation of Lagos State’s commitment to supporting our creative industry, as we drive towards leading Africa in this area and is recognized as a center of excellence for filmmaking in particular. With a growing pool of practitioners with world-class skills, our creatives can build profitable ventures and enterprises that provide investment and employment for our young people,” she said.

Dr. Linus Idahosa, the founder of Del-York Creative Academy, commended the state government’s commitment. “Thanks to the unwavering commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu, our Creative Lagos project will harness talent, technology, and technical education to ensure that all participants are exposed to the cutting edge of innovation, making them invaluable to local and global film production companies while creating high-quality contents in Lagos. We are delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative.

The CEO of EbonyLife Creative Academy, Mo Abudu, expressed her delight at the partnership with Lagos State through LACI. “Without the support of the Lagos Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture we would not be able to provide filmmaking courses of this quality free of charge. Our most talented minds cannot afford to go abroad for training, so EbonyLife Creative Academy is bringing world-class trainers to Lagos – it’s an amazing opportunity for anyone wishing to improve their technical skills,” she said.

Del-York Creative Academy (DCA) 

With headquarters in Lagos, the Del-York Creative Academy is Africa’s foremost capacity-building institution for the film, media, animation, technology, and marketing communications industry. It brings international experts from Hollywood to provide African creatives with comprehensive training for working in the global creative industry. Certified by Nigeria’s National Board for Technical Education, DCA offers a rich learning experience that empowers participants with the skills they need to lead successful, creative careers. For more information visit HERE

EbonyLife Creative Academy (ELCA) 

Situated in the heart of Victoria Island, ELCA features state-of-the-art lecture rooms with projection and sound facilities, studio workshop spaces, and post-production facilities fitted with the latest technology. The academy’s short courses and programs are designed to provide both seasoned professionals and beginners with the essential technical, creative, and practical skills for the film and TV industry. For more information on courses available at EbonyLife Creative Academy, Visit HERE


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  1. Obi

    February 25, 2021 at 3:44 pm


  2. Aurivy

    February 25, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Another amazing initiative for creatives!!! Yayyyy!!! Going to apply!!!

  3. Rire

    February 25, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    So awesome

  4. Mendoza

    February 25, 2021 at 3:54 pm


  5. Wizard of Lagos

    February 25, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Big things really happening in Lagos

  6. Ben

    February 25, 2021 at 4:01 pm


  7. Chester

    February 25, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    This is a beautiful development. Kudos to Lagos State government. I wish my state governor will do same here. Also, can one partake in the program outside Lagos?

  8. H.O. Tai

    February 25, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Creativity is the new economy booster in the world. Kudos to the stakeholders

  9. Tunde

    February 25, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    I can’t wait to be a part of this great initiative. Weldone Delyork creative academy, Lagos state and ebonylife creative academy.

  10. Rire

    February 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Linus Idahosa stays true to his word when it comes to capacity building! Wonderful initiative!

  11. Bode Olumide

    February 25, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    It is really important to make the change happen. I am glad the government is taking initiative.

  12. David

    February 25, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I am really hopeful about this one, especially since Linus Idahosa is on board! I’ve been following him since 2013 and I can say that when he decides to do something, he sees it through!

  13. Kiven

    February 26, 2021 at 7:07 am

    It’s truly wonderful to see how Africa’s creative industry is shaping up and doing its own thing INDEPENDENT of what the rest of the world is doing. I mean, Lagos has always been called The Home of the Creatives. It’s really IMPRESSIVE to see The Lagos State Governor lend support to this cause. I am super impressed. Wish my country could do something like this! Dr Linus is always doing interesting things for this sector. I’ve been following him for a while. From Del-York Film School to this! Well done! well done! well done! And the collabo with Mo. Good one. It’s good to see US doing things together. (CLAPS)

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