Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday initiated the commencement of the $100 million Lagos Film City project, set to transform the landscape of Nigeria’s entertainment industry.
The event, held in the picturesque setting of the 100-hectare land area in the Ikosi-Ejinrin area of Epe Local Government, was a testament to the state’s unwavering commitment to fostering economic growth and job creation through filmmaking.
Sanwo-Olu said that the Lagos Film City project, structured as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), is poised to be a game-changer, with the potential to generate numerous job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and attract substantial investments.
He said, “And so we have set out hectares of land for this city. I am excited with where we are; I can say to you that we are on a journey that will birth something that will be phenomenal, something that will shake the entire world.”
The ambitious project is expected to be a thriving hub for various aspects of the film industry, encompassing film production, visual effects, scripting, cinematography, editing, photography, and all the ancillary services that are very valuable to the filmmaking process.
With a primary focus on enhancing the quality and scale of Nigeria’s film and entertainment output, this initiative, the Lagos Film City is set to bolster the local film ecosystem.
Collaboration is at the heart of this project, as it involves several notable players in the entertainment sector, including Ebonylife Academy, Delyork, and Ogidi Studios. Their combined expertise and experience in the industry will contribute to the success of the Lagos Film City.
Governor Sanwo-Olu emphasised that this visionary project is a concrete step towards fulfilling his THEMES Agenda, a comprehensive policy framework for the development of Lagos State. Under this framework, the second ‘E’ stands for Entertainment and Tourism, highlighting the state’s commitment to boosting the entertainment sector, which plays a crucial role in promoting tourism, job creation, and economic development.
The Lagos Film City project is expected to serve as a catalyst for the growth of the Nigerian film industry, enabling it to compete on a global scale.
It is a testament to the state’s unwavering dedication to fostering innovation, creativity, and economic diversification, thereby solidifying Lagos’ position as the entertainment and tourism epicentre of Nigeria.
On X, Jubril Gawat, @Mr_JAGs, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sanwo-Olu, wrote glorifying messages about the project, praising his boss for this initiative and stating how it will be a game changer in the Nigerian film industry.
Gawat tweeted, “Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu today performed the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the $100m #LagosFilmCity, situated on a 100-Hectare land area at Ikosi-Ejinrin area of Epe Local Government. The Public Private Partnership-Model #LagosFilmCity will create numerous job opportunities, stimulate economic growth, and attract investment. It will be a hub for film production, visual effects, scripting, cinematography, editing, photography and all the ancillary services that support the filmmaking process. This project is in collaboration with various notable players in the entertainment sector like Ebonylife Academy, Delyork and Ogidi Studios. This is in fulfillment of Mr Governor’s THEMES Agenda, which the second ‘E’ stands for Entertainment and Tourism. ”
The project also generated a lot of positive reviews on X, with a lot of people commending the governor for this PPP partnership.
IG: La Yinka Stories tweeted, “This is a giant move will really boost the Nigeria’s entertainment industry.”
Mind-Shift Initiative tweeted also, saying, “Thank God Lagosians stood up to fight for Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. If Lagos falls into the wrong hands, Nigeria is gone forever. Imagine missing all these developments. We won’t be able to forgive ourselves. Social media will make you hate Jesus and romance the devil. Listen to them at your own peril. Thank God that addict is not the governor. Imagine contesting for govership you couldn’t hide your packet of cigarettes.”