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The day started off with a lot of tension, it was the big day; the day the Accelerate five will be picked. If you walked into the room early in the morning yesterday, you would have seen all the filmmakers frantically practicing their pitches and making sure their stories were perfect just before they faced the mentors.
Our mentors; Kemi Adetiba, Victor Sanchez, Seyi Babatope and Kunle Afolayan were all here on time and ready for the filmmakers, unfortunately Niyi Akinmolayan couldn’t make it but he is still mentoring one of the five filmmakers. The head of Accelerate TV, Collette Otusheso, addressed the students and then introduced the man that has been behind this from the very beginning, GMD Access Bank plc, Dr Herbert Wigwe. He told our young filmmakers that the world is changing and in Nigeria, we’re beginning today attention to young creative people, he also urged them to keep telling their stories and to make a mark in the filmmaking industry. After that, everyone stepped outside to pick numbers and the pitching session began.
It was a long day filled with amazing creative stories and great pitches and it was so hard choosing just five people but at the end of the day, we the mentors had to pick their five and the five winners whose films will be made are:
Tosin Ibitoye- Mentored by Kemi Adetiba
Alfa Farouk Umar- Mentored by Niyi Akinmolayan
Adetola Films- Mentored by Victor Sanchez
Miriam Dera- Mentored by Kemi Adetiba
Olabisi Akinbinu- Mentored by Seyi Babatope
Congratulations to all the winners, we’re definitely looking forward to watching your films. Thank you to everyone who came to teach and encourage the students these past these days. Thank you to all the mentors who have dedicated their time and expertise to our filmmakers, thank you to our amazing supervisors Lala Akindoju and Bolanle Osunde for EVERYTHING and finally thank you to the Head of Accelerate, Colette Otusheso for giving young filmmakers this opportunity.
By: Dammy Eneli