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In Epe, Sanwo-Olu unveils the $100 million Lagos Film City project.

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On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, officially broke ground for the construction of the $100 million, 100-hectare Lagos Film City at Ketu-Ejirin in the Epe region of the state.

“This momentous and historic occasion marks a significant milestone in our journey towards creating a thriving and vibrant film industry that will not only enthrall audiences worldwide but also contribute to the economic growth and cultural development of our beloved state,” Sanwo-Olu said in a speech at the legacy project.

 

“Today, we set out on a journey that will change the way the Lagos State film business looks forever. As we start construction on this 100-hectare, $100 million film city that will be built using the private-public partnership approach.

“We are building a creative hub that will act as a catalyst for creativity, talent discovery, and quality in storytelling.

“This film city will serve as a testament to our dedication to fostering the arts and fostering the aspirations of aspiring actors, technicians, and filmmakers.”

In addition to inspiring, entertaining, and educating people, the governor claimed that the film business has the ability to cross barriers and unite people.

 

Sanwo-Olu asserts that “through the magic of cinema, we can highlight the rich cultural legacy of Lagos State, produce stories that mirror our common experiences, and elevate the voices of our varied communities.

“This film city will act as a blank canvas for these tales, giving our gifted artists a chance to triumph on national and international platforms.

“The first Film City in Lagos State would spur economic growth, generate a lot of job possibilities, and draw investments.

It will serve as a hub for all the services related to making movies, including production, post-production, visual effects, and other support services.

“We picture a film city with cutting-edge studios, sound stages, editing rooms, production offices, and everything else required to make the magic of the silver screen come to life.”

Earlier, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, the commissioner for tourism, arts, and culture, stated that “the project is being undertaken via a public-private partnership initiative.”

She said, “It is a superb monument to the integrity and stability of the economic policies and finances of the Lagos State government, adding that the world is watching.

“International community members are present, and I can assure you that our doors are open to you regarding this investment opportunity in the creative industry as well as to Nigerians living abroad who may be interested in collaborating with the state government on this initiative.”

 

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