MultiChoice Africa is excited to welcome the next generation of passionate young film creatives to the MTF Academy hubs in Nairobi, Lagos & Lusaka as part of the Class of 2022. After a 6-week selection process across 13 African countries, 60 aspiring filmmakers representing East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa will begin their 12-month training programme at the MTF Academies in October this year.
The final candidates were selected after a rigorous interview and adjudication process by film and television experts, as well as regional Academy Directors. Now in its third year, the MultiChoice Talent Factory has honed the skills of 120 emerging filmmakers in 13 countries across the continent, who are now part of the growing MTF alumni network, taking African stories to the world.
At the onset of the pandemic, MTF looked for ways to ensure that our curriculum was still delivered with the expected impact. Critical to this was leveraging relationships with our strategic partners when identifying solutions for our students. This led to even greater opportunities as our last cohort benefited from an intensive 3-week New York Film Academy (NYFA) online training course. Formulated in partnership with NYFA, this course is now part of the MTF curriculum where the new cohort will learn how to produce micro documentaries, public service announcements, television commercials and music videos. This type of training broadens their skillset and allows them to be economically active in various sectors, not only the film industry.
The success of any academic programme can be measured by the contribution made by alumni in the industry. To find out how MTF academies are continuing to ignite Africa’s creative industries, MTF carried out an annual survey, and found that of those that participated in the survey from the inaugural class of 2019, 92% are economically active in the industry.
According to CEO: General Entertainment & Connected Video Yolisa Phahle, this is exactly what the industry needs and why MTF was launched.
“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. 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,” says Phahle.
The academy’s curriculum was tailored alongside MultiChoice Africa partner institutions Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, Kenyatta University in Nairobi, and the University of Zambia in Lusaka, which will respectively confer the course qualification upon completion of the academy programme. In addition, The Henley Business School offers an orientation intervention to the students at the beginning and end of the 12-month programme as well workshops on Business for Creatives focussing on entrepreneurship.
Meet our MTF Southern Africa Academy 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)
In addition to the academy, MTF also provides resources for industry professionals across Africa. The second pillar, the MTF masterclass initiatives is aimed at upskilling industry professionals and emerging creatives alike by offering exclusive access to practical, expert-led industry skills workshops across the continent. Through these masterclasses, MTF has trained over 1000 creatives since 2019. The MTF Portal is a third pillar, a pan-African digital market-place for the over 40 000 creatives who are registered which provides access to free online.
The distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season starts tomorrow, says President Hakainde Hichilema
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has announced that the distribution of the farm inputs for the 2021-2022 farming season to all farmers across the country will start tomorrow the 18th of October, 2021.
And the Head of State has appealed to traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of Zambians.
In his Facebook post,President Hichilema has assured farmers across the country that they will receive their fertilizer tomorrow.
“This afternoon we held a meeting with His Royal Highness, Chief Liteta of the Lenje speaking people in Central Province.
During the meeting, through His royal highness, we appealed to all traditional leaders across the Country to avoid selling land to foreigners at the expense of you, Zambians,” he said.
He said land as a matter of ownership and empowerment, must first be given to Zambians and Zambians first and that those Zambians without capital and out of their own volition can get into joint ventures with citizens from other countries.
The Head of State said in order to ensure that service delivery is prompt, more funding for constituencies will be allocated and for the first time in the history of the country, local people will be deciding on how to use the funds as this will help curtail corruption that has been unprecedented at National level.
“And later we thanked the people of Liteta for voting for us but also stated that we are aware of the people’s hopes in us and that come this December, the current budget will be shut and ours will begin in January, 2022 and once we start using our own budget, all Zambians will start seeing the benefits of voting for change,” President Hichilema said.
He said government understand the challenges that the Agriculture is facing which were mainly induced by the previous regime’s awarding of Fertilizer contracts to suppliers for two years without due diligence.
President Hichilema said his administration is but on track and will ensure that agriculture sector does not die in the Country.
“Dear Zambians. Take your pens and notebooks and start taking down what we are delivering as per our vision.
So far, we have kicked out caderism and this led to freedoms in public places with only a few cases of not accepting change remaining currently but we will manage this. It is a process and let’s all get involved and get it solved,” he said.
He has further urged people of Chisamba to vote for UPND Council Chairperson candidate Fred Choongo.
(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)
Minister of Information and Media Honourable Chushi Kasanda visits MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF)
MINISTER of Information and Media Honourable Chushi Kasanda visited MultiChoice Talent Factory MTF on a familiarisation tour in Lusaka.
The minister was received by Mrs Leah Kooma, Managing Director at MultiChoice Zambia, Christopher Puta Academy Director at MultiChoice Talent Factory, Selina Nyirenda, Corporate Affairs Manager – MAH Southern Region and MTF staff.
Honourable Kabanda said: “I would like to thank you for giving us the support and helping to bring talent into Zambia. We need the talent especially with our youths, it helps to take them off the streets and get them going”.
During the visit, both parties expressed thanks for the partnership they have enjoyed.
I will win and make Zambia Proud, Lolita Muzeya
ZAMBIA’S Welterweight Queen Lolita Muzeya on Tuesday arrived in the United Kingdom to take on Middleweight champion Savannah Marshall of Britain.
She is accompanied to the United Kingdom by her Manager, Vernon John Mwaanga, Matchmaker, Christopher Malunga and her trainer, Greetings Kaonga.
Muzeya also took time to visit the Zambia High Commission in London and was received by Defence Attach, Brigadier General David Mwanza.
And in an interview, the Welterweight Queen said she is not underrating her opponent, but she is confident of beating Savannah Marshall in her own backyard.
“I am not underrating my opponent; she is a good fighter, and I am ready and looking forward to a good fight. This is the biggest fight of my career. I want to assure Zambians that I am here to win and make my country, Zambia, proud,” she said.
And Brigadier General Mwanza said boxing is a unifying sport and called on Zambians in the United Kingdom to turn up in numbers in Newcastle to give Muzeya support in Saturday’s fight.
“Zambians are known to be good boxers. I am proud to see a lot of women having an interest in boxing. We are proud of you, and we know that you will make us proud. I have no doubt that you came here for one thing and that is winning. Stay focused, this is your moment to shine. Zambians both home and away are behind you,” he said.
Muzeya makes her debut on the European stage on October 16 when she takes on World Boxing Organization Female Middleweight champion Savannah Marshall of Britain at the Newcastle Arena in Newcastle.
The two 30-year old’s have put their unbeaten pro records on the line heading into Saturday’s WBO title fight on Tyneside.
World Boxing Council Silver Female Welterweight champion from Zambia hopes to add the WBO title to her repertoire.
Muzeya has held the WBC Silver Welterweight crown since 2016 and interestingly that was a year before her opponent Marshall turned pro.
Marshall on the other hand will be making the third defence of her WBO belt that she has successfully retained by knockouts.
But Muzeya heads to Newcastle with better mileage on her pro record with 16 fights, no draws with eight coming by knockouts.
The WBO champion has ten fights, and like Muzeya, she too has eight knockouts.
Saturday’s WBO title fight will be live on Sky Sport Boxing.
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs. Abigail Chaponda, First Secretary, Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom