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Facebook, Afrinolly partner to launch Bootcamp for Nigerian storytellers

Facebook, Afrinolly partner to launch Bootcamp for Nigerian storytellers

In a bid to empower creative communities across Nigeria, Facebook and Afrinolly have announced the launch of its new ‘Naija Storybuilders Bootcamp’.

The creators training programme which is a week-long intensive workshop is designed for up and coming storytellers who are focused on developing short-form content for digital platforms and it is organised in partnership with writer/producers, Dayna Lynne North & Amy Aniobi from the US HBO series INSECURE.

Reports say the duo will train 20 aspiring local storytellers and explore tailored topics such as creating compelling characters, grabbing and keeping your audience, practical first steps to creating your project, as well as best practices on how to create and promote content on digital platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

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Sherry Dzinoreva, Policy Programs Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at Facebook said “We’re thrilled and honoured to be able to work with Afrinolly, Dayna and Amy to bring this special one-off workshop to Lagos. As leaders in their creative fields, they have a wealth of experience to offer ambitious Nigerian storytellers.”

Once chosen, 20 selected participants will also receive support to build their projects after the bootcamp, with three-weeks of free office space and mentorship from Afrinolly’s team of screenwriters. Open to candidates 18 years plus, interested attendees must be based in Nigeria, and have a script or piece of content currently in development.

Commenting on the partnership and Naija Storybuilders Bootcamp Dayna Lynne North and Amy Aniobi said: “We are thrilled at the opportunity Facebook is providing! Nigeria is an exciting country, full of amazing creatives, talents and visionaries. For one of us, this is a chance to go back home to our roots and share the knowledge and experiences we’ve gained over the years; for the other, it’s an incredible opportunity to mentor the next generation. We are both passionate to meet the Naija Storybuilders and get started.”

The Naija Storybuilders Bootcamp’ programme is set take place in Lagos from Monday 15th – Friday 19th October 2018, and will be free for selected participants.

 

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