The minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that a Canadian company has offered to sponsor the training of no fewer than 3,000 Nigerian film makers on animation

The minister disclosed this at the opening of the French, Japanese and Nigerian animated films festival on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Canadian firm, Toon Boom, based in Montreal, will teach the Nigerian youths in animation technology. ”The firm will provide what is industry grade certification and tools so that those Nigerians can compete for global work. The firm works for Disney, Nickeledeon. It is Nigerians who will do the actual training. It’s a train the trainer and certification programme similar to what happened in India”, he said. ” On the whole we envisage 5,000 Nigerian youths being trained. But we are starting with 3,000″, he added.
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Mohammed said that his ministry was also collaborating with the French government on capacity building for Nigerian film makers also in the area of animation and children films. He noted that as prolific as Nollywood was, the industry had not done too well in the area of animated and children film. He said that the country had the potential and huge market for animation and children films if they were well developed.

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The second edition of the animated film festival was scheduled from Nov. 2nd to 5th in Abuja.