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MultiChoice Africa announces the 59 students from across sub-Sahara Africa who will attend the 2nd year of its MultiChoice Talent Factory film academy


MultiChoice Africa announces the 59 students from across sub-Sahara Africa who will attend the 2nd year of its MultiChoice Talent Factory film academy

MultiChoice Africa announced the 59 names of students who were selected to attend the 2nd one-year internship of its MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), the pay-TV operator’s film academy that it will be running for another year from three regional hubs in Southern Africa, East Africa and West Africa.

The 59 students will start their 12-month film academy training programme at the MultiChoice Talent Factory academies in Lusaka, Zambia, in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as in Lagos, Nigeria from October 2019 for the next class.

The three regional academy hubs that started in 2018 as a new film academy initiative to upskill and educate young film creatives, continue to be run and overseen by the three academy directors Berry Lwando (Southern Africa), Njoki Muhoho (East Africa) and Femi Odugbemi (West Africa).

Cheryl Uys-Allie remains as MultiChoice Talent Factory director.

The Pan-Atlantic University in Lekki, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka will respectively confer the course qualification when students complete the academy programme.

“As one of the few industry players that not only tell African stories but also invest in them, the need for a dynamic training programme such as the MultiChoice Talent Factory academy has been a long time coming,” says Cheryl Uys-Allie.

“As MultiChoice Africa, we always ask ourselves: what’s next in the industry, and how can we better prepare for it? The MultiChoice Talent Factory academy was the answer to that question: By giving young Africans the chance to hone their television and film production skills.”

As the new class of 2019 get ready to start their year-long course, the graduating class of 2018 who are ready to graduate are getting ready to have their first films screened on M-Net channels across sub-Sahara Africa on DStv, as well as on MultiChoice’s subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, Showmax.

The MultiChoice Talent Factory is also growing its relationships with the international film and TV industry, like the already-announced partnership with the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA), as well as Jasco Broadcast Solutions, Nihilent with its connection to Bollywood, and the DOLBY Institute and Universal Music Nigeria (UMG).

As part of their curriculum the 59 new students will also attend MultiChoice Talent Factory masterclasses with practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across 13 African countries.

Here are the 59 students selected for the MultiChoice Talent Factory class of 2019:

Yoseph Baye (Ethiopia)
Audrey Seme (Tanzania)
Kefa Igilo (Tanzania)
Philipo Ngonyani (Tanzania)
Priscilla Narealle (Tanzania)
Brian Ontiri (Kenya)
Christine Wanjiku (Kenya)
Fridah Naliaka (Kenya)
Hanigun Kwenya (Kenya)
Joshua Wango (Kenya)
Milanoi Lenaiyasa (Kenya)
Moses Irungu (Kenya)
Anthony Wanyonyi (Kenya)
Faith Elizabeth (Kenya)
Maurice Muendo (Kenya)
Sally Ngoiri (Kenya)
Daisy Masembe (Uganda)
Isiko Abubaker (Uganda)
Victoria Nakimbowa (Uganda)
Talemwa Pius (Uganda)
Abel Ngoma (Zambia)
Cosmas Ng’andwe (Zambia)
Masuzyo Mwale (Zambia)
Edward Sakala (Zambia)
Kaluba Margret Musonda Mayowe (Zambia)
Tasha Chitika (Zambia)
Christine Mulemeli (Zambia)
Nkosilesisa Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Nelson Madzima (Zimbabwe)
Maira Armanda Isaias Tauacale (Mozambique)
Amarilis Felimao Gule (Mozambique)
Mphatso Makamo (Malawi)
Riejhaat Wolhuter (Namibia)
Humbuhumbu Ngava (Namibia)
Hilma Sheehama (Namibia)
Masego Mohwasa (Botswana)
Lorato Orapeleng (Botswana)
Paulo Idalecio da Silva Joao (Angola)
Adriano Vunda Dizongo (Angola)
Gloria Akor (Nigeria)
Adebowale Lipede (Nigeria)
Julie Ako (Nigeria)
Funmilayo Okonta (Nigeria)
Chioma Paul Dike (Nigeria)
Gbenga Gomes (Nigeria)
Nwaozuzu Amarchi (Nigeria)
Chinyere Ohuonu (Nigeria)
Deborah Omikunle (Nigeria)
Timayo Ogunro (Nigeria)
Igho Arusi (Nigeria)
Orire Nwani (Nigeria)
Godfred Dela Duvi (Ghana)
Christine Boateng (Ghana)
Daphne Atsutse (Ghana)
Abisola Aboaba (Nigeria)
Joshua Tsotso (Nigeria)
Chike Igwebuike (Nigeria)
Esther Akapo (Nigeria)
Eric Kafui Okyerefo (Ghana)

Asuquo Eton founded, now one of the most visited TV, music, tech and features website, in 2011. He is also a social media analyst, media and entertainment consultant.

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