The final list of selected participants for the inaugural edition of Chris Ihidero’s ‘Story Story’ has been made public today, following a four-week screening period that saw entries from hundreds of Nigerians from all over the country.
The completely free three-day workshop, which kicks off on Tuesday October 27, 2015, is in partnership with The British Council, True Nollywood Stories and X3M Ideas.
In a statement today, founder and lead facilitator, Chris Ihidero says 35 candidates have been admitted to participate from Tuesday through Thursday at The British Council office in Ikoyi.
“We always knew that there was a need for capacity building in storytelling but it was nonetheless intriguing to see that the workshop was three times oversubscribed. I think we are on to something here and it will be a real pleasure to engage these participants over the course of the next three days.”
‘Story Story’ has been described by pundits as another intervention project, capable of bridging the skills gap in an industry that could potentially be a driver for the Nigerian economy.
Nigeria’s creative industry is worth an estimated N5 trillion, but peopled by thousands of enthusiasts and practitioners with limited access to training and skills development.
The selected participants are drawn from varied industries, including photography, filmmaking, public relations, media, writing, poetry, blogging, and marketing.
It’s the first time the workshop is happening in the country, but there are plans, according to Ihidero, a widely acknowledged writer, filmmaker and trainer, to take it round the country following demands.
Chris Ihidero’s Story Story Masterclass will also feature a faculty of creative professionals who will be narrating realities in storytelling. Established and respected in the industry, these experts include producer and director, Tope Oshin; publisher, journalist & PR Expert, Ayeni Adekunle Samuel.
Others are award-winning writer, journalist and PR Consultant, Toni Kan; advertising guru, Steve Babaeko; culture journalist, Jahman Anikulapo; writer and TV producer, Nkiru Njoku and producer, Emmanuel Uduma.