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Terra Kulture, Mastercard Foundation partner to Empower and Create Work Opportunities for 65,000 Young Creatives Across Nigeria

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Terra Kulture, a leading educational and recreational organization, has partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to train up to 65,000 creatives across Nigeria. The five-year training partnership program aims to equip young Nigerians with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business. The initiative will form a significant part of the Terra Academy for The Arts (TAFTA) program.

The partnership will create an e-learning platform that will provide free education and access to employment opportunities to the most vulnerable youth, with a major focus on women between 16-35 years in Lagos, Ogun, and Kano States. The partnership will also provide participants with foundational training, support, internships, and employment and financial services linkages.

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Speaking on the partnership, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, stated that the intervention would positively impact Nigerian youth and culture, both now and in the nearest future.

She said, “Driving impact and creating massive visibility for the Nigerian culture and youth has always been at the core of our existence. We have leveraged our thorough understanding of arts, culture, and languages over the years to impact the next generation in the best way possible. We are extremely excited to partner with the Mastercard Foundation to further empower up to 65,000 Nigerian youth spread across the country.”

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“The Academy will provide training on key technical production skills for theatre and the Creative industry. Each course will include an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side. Some of the courses offered include Animation, Scriptwriting, Lighting Management, and Sound Management. We believe this will create employment opportunities for young creatives and make them self-reliant while facilitating national integration among students.”

The entry requirement for all students is a minimum of senior secondary school qualifications. All courses will include an introductory section, and as such, students do not need any prior knowledge to either register for the course or comprehend the course material.

The Mastercard Foundation’s Country Head for Nigeria, Chidinma Lawanson, commented, “This partnership will enable us to reach more young people, especially young women in the Creative sector. Together with our partner, we will provide access to training, skills, and mentorship platforms which will further create access to entrepreneurial and employment opportunities for young creatives in Nigeria.”

The partnership is aligned with the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy in Nigeria, which seeks to enable 10 million young Nigerian women and men, to access dignified work and the right skills to contribute to Africa’s global competitiveness.

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L-R: Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters and Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people  with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

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L-R: Lead, Safeguarding, Mastercard Foundation, Oluranti Adetoye; Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey and the General Manager, Terra Kulture, Joseph Umoibom during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

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L-R: Program Lead, MSME Finance, Mastercard Foundation, Chioma Nwagboso; Country Head – Nigeria, Mastercard Foundation, Chidinma Lawanson; Founder, Terra Kulture and BAP Productions, Bolanle Austen-Peters; Program Lead, Agriculture, Mastercard Foundation; Lois Sankey and the General Manager, Terra Kulture, Joseph Umoibom during the signing of a 5-year training partnership program agreement between Terra Kulture and the Mastercard Foundation to equip 65,000 young people with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre and business.

Terra Kulture Arts and Studios Limited (formerly Terra Kulture Limited – The Nigerian Cultural Centre) is an educational and recreational organization set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. Terra Kulture has organized over 200 art exhibitions, over 150 plays, 65 book readings and over 10,000 individual adults and children, as well as school trips, have attended our language classes.

Its production arm, BAP Productions has produced award winning musicals and plays including Saro the Musical, Wakaa the Musical, Queen Moremi the Musical, The Oluronbi Musical, Man Enough, Fela and the Kalakuta Death and the King’s Horseman and Trials of bro Jero and also movies such as The Bling Lagosians, 93days, Man of God and soon to be released Collision Course.

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We Started Nollycasting For Anyone Who Wants Be in Nollywood – Stephanie Linus

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Celebrated Nollywood star Stephanie Linus who is currently in the United States of America said she started her popular casting website, Nollycasting first to open doors for anyone who wants to become a successful actor and actress in Nollywood and also act in international movies.

“So anyone who wants to make it in acting like me, can have direct access to me and other top actors and directors in Nollywood without falling into the wrong hands of charlatans in the Nigerian film industry. And Nollycasting has been attracting casting directors from Hollywood and other film industries like Sky Italia came to Nollycasting for a young upcoming actress in Nollywood Onyinye and she went to Rome to act in a big crime thriller.”

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The young Nollywood actress, Onyinye Odokoro said:

“i had registered on Nolly Casting. I have been registered on there for like two years and had done two short films for Stephanie Linus, for her gender-based violence initiative. I think she took notice of me from those shoots. And according to the casting director of the Sky Original Unwanted. She said they were looking for original African actors, so she googled and came upon the Nolly Casting website and she sent an email to Stephanie. Stephanie put it on the website but sent it to me personally. She told me to do the audition and send it back to her. And so I did the audition. I was actually on the set of Dilemma when I got the call to do the audition. I did the audition and sent it to her and a few weeks later, I got a call from Stephanie and she told me I had gotten the job. That was it. Next thing I knew I was applying for Visa. I was going to Rome and I was shooting on this very big project. And it was exciting. Yeah.”

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Stephanie Linus, who is a multiple award winning actor, model, brand ambassador and director, starring in movies and TV series in Nollywood and Hollywood and TV commercials such as in the popular GREE air conditioner advert said there are on going casting calls for roles in new movies, TV series and modelling in Lagos London, Paris and other cities in the world.

Nollycasting is open to all actors and models of all ages and races worldwide for new and old actors and models including roles for established actors.

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Grace Agbo gives succour to indigent

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Beautiful Nollywood actress Grace Agbo has celebrated her promotion to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Fire1 (ASF1) at the Federal Fire Service by sending gift items to the less privileged.

Agbo secured a job as a firefighter because of her passion to save lives and help those in danger.

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The Idoma born actress has featured in many films that include ‘Black Out,’ ‘Mr Potosky,’ ‘Lost Pride,’ ‘Deadly Desire,’ ‘Palace of Sorrow,’ ‘Ada-Ide-Ichaka,’ ‘Haunted Palace,’ ‘Village Don,’ ‘The Calabash’ amongst others.

She said she remained in Nollywood despite being a firefighter.

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In a brief chat, she said, “I took up an appointment in Federal Fire Service in 2019 while still in Nollywood as a result of the passion I have for the job. Being a firefighter has given me the opportunity to contribute to society by teaching people how to prevent fire and the things to do when there is a fire outbreak. I have reached out to millions of people through social media and visited organisations, schools, and other agencies alongside my Special Duty unit team from the headquarters.”

On her new role, she said her new role will her to do more.

“Special duty unit is a unit under Inspectorate, Investigation and Enforcement (IIE) department which is saddled with the responsibility of inspecting buildings to see the level of their fire safety compliance, carry out training, excursion, issue fire certificate amongst other functions.”

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Ivie: Opa Williams returns big with movie against rape

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The veteran producer, Opa Williams, is back with a refreshing movie, Ivie, which he intends to use as a tool to fight against rape.

And this is coming after a hugely successful 3 Wise Men, a 2016 Nigerian comedy drama film, he produced and directed directed by Pat Ogbere Imobhio.

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Ivie shot few months ago and also directed by Oghere will hit the cinemas on September 30th and already movie buffs are predicting a major outing for the production.

IVIE – Synopsis

A 12 year old student, Ivie, must come out to save her mum, Enado (who has been abandoned by husband) and her 13year old sister, Isoken, a rape victim from the claws of Sanko.

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For shame of stigma, fear of betrayal and economic inadequacy, Enado is unable to confront a terror, fearless hardhearted rapist named Sanko.

Ivie believes, in her little world, that the society should be polite to its citizens, and despite a corruption, culprits should be made answerable for their actions.

Can Ivie take on the all powerful and ruthless Sanko who has raped her sister and been a threat to mum singularly?

“The movie will do two things. It would entertain and also pass a strong message to the society on the evil of rape,” Williams disclosed.

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