The Federal Government will work with Amazon Prime Video to build capacity and improve local content skills of Nigerians in the film production industry.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made the announcement on Wednesday during a stakeholder meeting with Amazon Prime Video officials.
Amazon Prime Video is an American subscription video-on-demand streaming and rental service by Amazon offered as a standalone service or as part of Amazon’s Prime membership.
According to the minister, the agenda was to start discussions with Amazon on building capacity for quality local content in the country’s fast-growing film industry and empowering young people through content training local, for job opportunities.
We want Amazon to also help grow the industry in terms of capacity building and technology transfer to our employees,” he said.
“We also discussed that, yes, we are a great film country, but we need more capacity building; we need more long-term investments in people,” he said.
When quality content is produced and streamed, it would create wealth for future artists who would be encouraged to create more films, thus creating more jobs and revenue for the government.
Nigeria was to produce 50 films a week, but the focus would be on quality, not quantity.
We look forward to working with Amazon, we don’t want a situation where Amazon comes here, takes our content and accepts it.”