BA Film Production Lecturer, Steve Whitford has recently returned from Nigeria, where he participated in a series of events, co-organised by the British Council in conjunction with the African International Film Festival (ARIFF).
Recent analysis on creative education in Nigeria, carried out by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and the British Council, identified the potential growth of the creative sector in Nigeria, and the ways in which collaboration can support talent development in the creative workforce, in order to improve skills in key areas.
Steve worked on a programme called Film Connections, which was designed to facilitate exchanges between the UK, and Nigeria, which involves, building skills and capacities through workshops, industry sessions, and film screenings.
During his time in Nigeria, Steve was offered the following as part of the programme:
- A workshop on sound recording for documentary film, showcasing examples of student work, conducted in a packed cinema of 120 people
- A small exhibition showcasing the University’s courses, and supported by our agents Study Across the Globe and UKEAS
- A creative education partnership workshop with representatives from Lagos State Institutions, with the intention of collaborating in the future
- An edition of Creative Hustle focused on ‘Alternative Career Pathways in Film Production’
The Career Hustle Film Connections is a project offering a series of TED-style talks in Lagos to young people aged between 18 – 25, giving the opportunity to learn from, and engage with creative professionals, around themes relating to a broad range of career opportunities in the creative sector. The talks aim to build young people’s awareness about job and career opportunities that are largely unexplored in several creative sectors in Nigeria particularly those in the more remote areas and relating to management and technical vocations.
Steve Whitford said about his time in Nigeria,
“It was an honour to be able to contribute to the African Film Festival/British Council Event in Lagos , Nigeria. I also met various Institutions including Lagos State Universities, and we are now engaged in developing an in-country short courses program, partly aimed at bridging the perceived skills gap. This looks like the beginning of an ongoing relationship”