September is proving to be a memorable month for Pan Atlantic University (PAU), a non-profit institution. The renowned filmmaker and CEO of Frizzle n Bizzle Films, Anthony Akinwunmi Richards. Richards recently donated copies of his latest book, “Cinematic Success,” to the university. This marks the beginning of an inspiring collaboration aimed at nurturing talent and uplifting the Nigerian film industry.
This noble gesture by Richards underscores his commitment to advancing education and the nation’s burgeoning film sector. “Cinematic Success” is described as a repository of wisdom and insights drawn from Richards’ illustrious career. It is poised to ignite and guide the aspirations of the next generation of filmmakers.
In a statement, Richards passionately expressed, “The Nigerian film industry, with its boundless potential, requires not only creativity but also a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise.” His aim with the book is to empower aspiring filmmakers with the essential knowledge they need to thrive in this dynamic industry.
The collaboration discussions between Richards and the Nollywood study centre of PAU, under the leadership of Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, promise to revolutionize film education and industry synergy. Plans are already underway to create a dynamic partnership that merges academic resources with industry expertise. This collaboration envisions a space where students can receive hands-on training, interact with professionals, and contribute to the growth of the Nollywood study centre.
Prof. Enase Okonedo, the Vice Chancellor of PAU, expressed profound gratitude for Richards’ remarkable contribution to their educational mission. Richards, in turn, acknowledged the invaluable support of Mr. Sam Igbedion, Adjunct Faculty and media Production Manager, and Mrs. Afomachukwu Igbedion, Administrator of the Nollywood study centre.
As the partnership evolves, PAU and Richards are committed to making a lasting impact on the Nigerian film industry. Their shared vision includes nurturing emerging talents and fostering innovation within Nollywood.
With copies of “Cinematic Success” now in the hands of eager students, a new era in African cinema is on the horizon.