The dream of the construction of the proposed Lagos Film City in Ikosi-Ejirin, Epe division of Lagos State gets a boost this week as the groundbreaking of the $100m is scheduled to hold this Wednesday.
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, broke the news at the weekend, saying the approval for the groundbreaking shows that Lagos State is determined to take the business if film seriously
The proposed Lagos Film City, which promises to be one of the biggest in sub-sahara Africa, will sit on 100 hectares of land. It is expected to be a major boost for the creative industry, which has the potential to offer jobs to thousands of youths.
In a press statement released on Sunday by the Lagos State government, the project will be financed by Private Public Partnership (PPP).
“It will serve as an all-in-one facility – with leisure, entertainment, and learning infrastructure. It will also have accommodations and numerous state-of-the-art studios to support television, radio and film, ranging from pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, among others.
Benson-Awoyinka averred that the Lagos State Government is committed to investing in this project, which is kicking off with the groundbreaking event, under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism Arts And Culture.
She noted that the Lagos Film City is poised to make Lagos state even more prosperous and unique, adding that the state government will not rest on its oars of past achievements but will instead make the tourism and entertainment industry more vibrant.
The Lagos Film City project, alongside the creative training partnership initiatives of the state government with the likes of EbonyLife Academy, Delyork, and Ogidi Studios, among others, will make Lagos State remain a force to reckon with in the entertainment and creative industry across the globe.
TCN recalls that the Lagos Film City project was conceived by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration with the government making available the 100 hectares of land for the construction of the proposed film city and sound studio in 2018.
Governor Sanwoolu’s continuation of the lofty idea demonstrates continuity in government that Lagos State is known for.