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Del-York, Lagos govt sign MoU for media and film city

Del-York, Lagos govt sign MoU for media and film city

Del York International Group and The Lagos State Government signed a historic deal to change the face of the creative industry on the continent of Africa as part of the Ehingbeti Investment Summit in Lagos State, which was the summit’s key high point.

This part of the event was mainly devoted to the formal signing ceremony for the development of an ultramodern Film and Media City in Epe between the two parties. As a major game-changer project on the African continent, one that promises to position the State as a central hub for the entertainment industry in Africa.

Linus Idahosa, The Chairman of Del-York International Group signed on behalf of his group and Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the commissioner for Tourism signed on behalf of the Lagos State Government in the presence of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Governor spoke of his excitement at the prospect of the impending investment into the State as he recounted the recent history of the project and the fact that the signing was the culmination of 18 months of diligent effort by the Del-York team and members of the Lagos State Government.

According to the Governor, “I recall my last visit to the United States; they took us on a tour of the Trilith Studios in Atlanta to see first-hand what they wanted to build in Lagos. We want to give Nigerians who are creatives an opportunity to develop themselves to world-class stands and an ecosystem where they can learn, work and thrive in a serene atmosphere.”

“I believe this project will achieve that to the benefit of all Lagosians. I thank all the traditional rulers in Epe for being such good hosts for the project and look forward to its positive impact on their community in Epe upon its completion,” Sanwo-Oli added.

The Lagos Film and Media City, set to be built on 100 hectares of land in Ejirin city in Epe, Lagos, is envisioned as a sanctuary for leisure, entertainment, and learning, where all film and creative industry professionals can live, work, learn and play in a peaceful and conducive environment.

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This destination would encompass best-in-class facilities intermingled with appurtenances that support a modern sustainable city; multiple sound stages, 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 varied film environments are just some of the features that are promised on this significant development that will no doubt put Lagos on the global creative industry map.

Since its inception in 2010, the Del York Creative Academy, the capacity-building subsidiary of the Del York International Group, has laid a solid foundation for developing young people in the creative industry, training no less than 5,000 individuals from across Africa. In that time, they have facilitated the entry of world-renowned trainers from Hollywood to develop a stream of raw talent who has since blossomed into some of Nollywood’s most consistent performers.

The project has been conceptually christened as “Kebulania”, an expression coined from the word Alkebulan, the ancient original name for Africa. The name is pronounced “Alkebu-lan”, which means “Mother of Mankind” or “Garden of Eden”- a reference to a place of vast potential, new beginnings, and new possibilities; strong foundational concepts on which the project is said to have been established.

The Del-York team’s consortium consists of global partners, chief amongst whom is Messrs. Storyland Studios, a globally renowned industry leader, master planner and developer of film studios, theme parks and creative industry-related infrastructure. Storyland’s expertise in implementing projects of this nature is second to none. With a team of over 100 experts working relentlessly to deliver the project, it is guaranteed to be of the highest quality and international standard.

Speaking at the signing, Idahosa spoke of his Group’s commitment to making the project a reality and the many milestones that had thus far been achieved towards its imminent delivery.

He also said, “This project has come quite a long way. The sheer effort and sacrifice are a testament to the number of committed team members working around the clock to see it come to fruition. Having this formal signing at such a high-profile event clearly indicates the State’s dedication to attracting FDI into the State through the creative industry.”

Construction of the Africa Film & Media city is set to begin in the first quarter of 2023.