Friday, September 10, 2021

MultiChoice Africa announces the 60 aspiring filmmaker students from across Africa who will attend its MultiChoice Talent Factory as the Class of 2022 from October.

by Thinus Ferreira

MultiChoice Africa announced the names of the next 60 students from across sub-Saharan Africa who will be attending its annual film academy course, the MultiChoice Talent Factory for 2022.

Besides the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) run in South Africa, the pay-TV operator also has a MultiChoice Talent Factory programme running for the Rest of Africa (RoA), with 20 students each chosen from Southern Africa (attending in Lusaka, Zambia), East Africa (attending in Nairobi, Kenya), and in West Africa (attending in Lagos, Nigeria).

The 2022-class of the MultiChoice Talent Factory will be the 3rd cohort or class who will attend the 12-month, fully-funded academic programme, starting in October this year.

So far, the MultiChoice Talent Factory has honed the skills of 120 emerging filmmakers, excluding South Africa, from 13 countries across the continent.

The class of 2021 benefitted from an intensive 3-week New York Film Academy (NYFA) online training course that now forms part of the MTF curriculum.

The class of 2022 at the MultiChoice Talent Factory will learn how to produce micro documentaries, public service announcements, television commercials and music videos.

"As Africa's most loved storyteller, our commitment is not only to tell authentic African stories but to also invest in them, that is why some of our alumni are working on M-Net and Showmax productions," says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for general entertainment & connected video.

"Currently we have alumni in 7 countries working on M-Net and Showmax productions and the list keeps growing. They are helping us to realise the vision of taking African stories to the world with a hyperlocal approach, producing relevant content within the respective regions of our continent, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all strategy."

The MultiChoice Talent Factory's curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions like the Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, the Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively award the course qualification once students have successfully completed the film school programme.

Here are the 60 students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory class of 2022:

Southern Africa academy
David Paulo Sapalo (Angola)
Fabiana Alexandra da Barros (Angola)
Larona Dichaba (Botswana)
Refilwe Kathleen Onana Podi (Botswana)
Asante Mbaimbai (Malawi)
Chisomo Kawaga (Malawi)
Nelson Omar Faquirà (Mozambique)
Silvana Pombal (Mozambique)
Jerome Claasen (Namibia)
Jose Carlos Panduleni Amutenya (Namibia)
Lucia Kim Hamunghete (Namibia)
Amos Mwape (Zambia)
Blessings Mainga (Zambia)
Canicius Kabwe (Zambia)
Catherine Zulu (Zambia)
Daniel Lungu (Zambia)
David Senkwe (Zambia)
Victor Lushinjilo Kasanga (Zambia)
Chimwemwe Chipidza (Zimbabwe)
Yvonne F. Feresu (Zimbabwe)

East Africa academy
Kalkidan Fessehaye (Ethiopia)
Nahusenay Dereje (Ethiopia)
Ritha Saxon (Tanzania)
Christopher Masalu (Tanzania)
Raimon Sanga (Tanzania)
Kenneth Msanjila (Tanzania)
Doreen Kilimbe (Tanzania)
Audrey Egesa (Kenya)
Bruno Tanya (Kenya)
Cesylia Oketch (Kenya)
Clerick Werimo (Kenya)
Desmond Okeyo (Kenya)
Josh Artkins (Kenya)
Mary Njoroge (Kenya)
Patrick Odongo (Kenya)
Yvonne Wambua (Kenya)
Nassanga Ann (Uganda)
Justine Nabunya (Uganda)
Phillip Sentamu (Uganda)
Tusabe Ivan (Uganda)

West Africa academy
Andrea  Peregrino (Nigeria)
Abimbola Akinrinbola (Nigeria)
Ayo Lawson (Nigeria)
Emmanuella Bakare (Nigeria)
Doris Nwoye (Nigeria)
Favour Eniayekan (Nigeria)
Ibrahim Mamman (Nigeria)
Murewa Ayodele (Nigeria)
Oluwatoyosi Fowode (Nigeria)
Omowonuola Giwa (Nigeria)
Plangnan Amtu (Nigeria)
Samuel Ishola (Nigeria)
Temitope Mariam Odo (Nigeria)
Teniola Oyelumade (Nigeria)
Wapah Kelechi Ezeigwe (Nigeria)
Tosin Alabi (Nigeria)
Alice Johnson (Ghana)
Emmanuel Horla Nuvor (Ghana)
Kwame Addae (Ghana)
Nubuke Amoah (Ghana)