Nine postgraduate students of Film Culture and Archival Studies at the National Film Institute (NFI), Jos, Plateau State, have been announced as beneficiaries of the 2021 foreign scholarships of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAD), otherwise known as the German Academic Exchange Service.
The scholarship awarded in two categories, foreign and domestic component, covers mobility cost, monthly residency grant, German language studies grant, living cost and tuition fees for the current session of the two-year programme.
According to Head, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), Brian Etuk, the beneficiaries emerged from 17 applicants.
Beneficiaries of the foreign component include Nnenna Emily Ukoha, Stephen Okoh and Collins Okorocha. Dasiyap Ezra Inusa, Ishaku Dashon Gumut, Wonah Barnabas, Benjamin Benji, Blessing Izang and Solomon Idyo were awarded the domestic component of the scholarship.
Commenting on the development, NFC’s Managing Director, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, congratulated the beneficiaries and asked them to make good use of the funds.
He urged them to be diligent in their studies as they would be trailblazers in restoration, digitization, preservation, codification and classification of creative works and audio-visual heritage under the master’s program.
Maduekwe also commended the Goethe University – Frankfurt, Arsenal Institute for Film & Video Art – Berlin, Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) (German Institutions), the University of Jos and the Lagos Film Society for the collaborative partnership in undertaking the Masters in Film Culture & Archival Studies in Nigeria.