A three-day training workshop in basic film/video production for the teeming youths of Idiroko and the entire Yewa area of Ogun State kicks off on February 27.
Organised by Stedafilm International owned by Christine Madeleine Botoku, the workshop will hold at Mercyland Hotel, Ipokia Road, Idiroko, Ogun State.
According to Botoku (also known as Modupe), a local of Idiroko, who started her film making career in Nigeria and was involved in the production of popular video films, mostly directed by Matthew Simpa in the ‘90s, the workshop will open opportunities for youths in the area of film and video production.
The event will bring to town veteran film maker, Matthew Simpa; top Nollywood actor, Raph Stevens of Awon Aladun De fame; ace broadcaster, Dare Best Alabi; Dr. Bonny Botoku, ace photographer and consultant for The African Drums Festival held annually in Abeokuta, Ogun State; Nuhu Dalyop; an award winning Nollywood film maker and Mr. Jide Olaniyi, National President of the Video Producers Association of Nigeria, VIFPAN.
The first of its kind in the western border area, the workshop will teach participants basic techniques in video production, photography, acting, directing and camera operation.
Says Botoku: “My vision is to impart knowledge onto the youth in this area. I also want to steer them away from illegal activities such as smuggling and encourage them to engage in more dignifying and productive businesses like creativity.”
The basic training is also expected to open the eyes of the youth to opportunities available to them at Alari, a budding film village a few kilometers from Idiroko where an average of five films are shot every week.
It would be recalled that Christine Madeleine Botoku made the first Christian feature film in Benin Republic – Yatin.
Released in 2002, it made a great impact all over the country and even in several Francophone countries.
About twenty years later, Stedafilm International is set to add another feather to its cap with the workshop.