How to Film in Nigeria and still be human by Niyi Akinmolayan



KIBERA SLUMS, NAIROBI KENYA - AUGUST 8:  A young adolescent girl sits in front of a computer in a safe house provided by the Nike Foundation on August 8, 2008 in Kibera Slum, Nairobi, Kenya. The Nike Foundation funds programs, globally, for adolescent girls in impoverished regions. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Hey Guys!!!

This is our first main project for the year. We will be training 30 “smart” women, who are passionate about film editing regardless of their age. Yes! And it’s free too!

Before we go on with details of how to be a part of this, I would like to dispel a bad habit. “The rush for freebies.”

You don’t just see this and jump on it because it is free or because you are a chic (even if you’re hot…)

Who is a Video Editor?

The editor plays an important role in determining a film’s potential, and so, you must be willing to creatively challenge your imagination to create or recreate a compelling story.

Video editing is not for everyone. Only smart people who have great attention to detail, with the gift of patience, not in a hurry to shut down your computer because bae is waiting, quick at spotting contradictions, emotionally intelligent, with a dash of hardcore – it is also important that you are a good story teller because really, that’s your job. Also, very importantly, you must have a firm, good working and communicative relationship with the other crew members, so that if you ever hear the director whisper “we will fix it in post”, you might need to scream “NO, FIX IT NOW!”

So, at this point we hope you have identified the qualities you already have and the qualities you need if you really want to learn and be a top notch editor.

The training is free and will hold in 3 days from February 10-12. Each day from 9am to 5pm.


  1. A Mac or Windows laptop with these minimum technical specs
  • Intel core i5 processor and above (preferably quad core)
  • 8GB of RAM or more
  • At least 50GB of free Hard disk space
  1. A good knowledge of computer file and folder systems
  2. A letter of interest stating the following:
  • Your name
  • Your educational background
  • Your work experience
  • A brief write up on why you want to learn film/video editing

Send this letter to on or before January 18th

PLS. NOTE: I really want 30 people who are hoping to make a career out of this so if you are not serious, do not hinder the chances of others. Don’t be a witch!

If shortlisted, you will be invited for a one-on one screening a week to the training so we can see your laptop and help you install the necessary software to get started.

Good luck girls. I want to see you all at the top. I’m doing this project in memory of my late mum… Eyeola Akinmolayan who always encouraged strength and independence in women.


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  • Posted: January 11, 2017 21:53


    Blessings sir! More blessings oga Niyi!!!
  • Posted: January 11, 2017 21:56

    Jesurobo-Owie Gift Imafidom

    Nice one Niyi,way to go.
  • Posted: January 11, 2017 22:01

    Priye Diri

    I've been up wearing for this post!!! Now I can finally sleep. This is one of the best things so far. 🚶 🚶 😴
    • Posted: January 11, 2017 22:02

      Priye Diri

      Waiting not wearing... 😂 Too hyper. Let me be going to write my letter!!!
  • Posted: January 11, 2017 22:03


    Aww.. I am sure you mum would be looking down from heaven, smiling.. May her soul continue to rest in perfect peace.
  • Posted: January 11, 2017 22:13


    Sir does those softwares only work on systems that have 8gb ram or more? Why am asking this is that those that really suit this opportunity might not met the requirement of 8gb ram cos systems with this ram are not meant for less priviledged. Sir please do something about it, may be you should try & use softwares that can work on 2,4gb ram system. Thanks
    • Posted: January 11, 2017 22:52


      Invest in more RAM
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 01:41


    sir please when are you gonna have such training like this for guys if not that am not gay would have really wanna b part of this really interested , thanks .
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 06:48

    Judith Audu

    This is AWESOME Niyi, and thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you have offered to groom filmmakers in Nigeria especially young filmmakers, giving out informations and free training programmes, we are grateful to have you in our generation! THANK YOU
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 07:01


    🙌🙌🙌🙌Weldone Uncle Niyi. God will bless you abundantly. In as muccch as I would love to partake and benefit from this, I will be engaged around that time, so a hearty congrats to all the ladies that will be lucky to benefit.
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 09:01

    Joyce Ekenma

    Great decision and idea uncle Niyi, good way to start. Kudos to all d lucky 30 ladies. Portharcourt is quite a distance would have loved to be there.
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 09:37

    Oluwatosin Omosowon

    thank you very much sir for this privilege. its like a dream come true
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 13:38


    Thank you Niyi. I've been waiting for this Post. I've got a quick question...Can a Core i3 with a 4gbRAM be cool enough?
    • Posted: January 13, 2017 03:25


      Not ideal
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 14:11

    Oyin Pirisola

    Wow. More grace upon your life
  • Posted: January 12, 2017 22:22

    Chika Agatha Oguine

    Honestly... Truly, this is IC-O-NIC !!! Thanks for this fulfilling Priviledge Needed this more than Ever If u believe in angels, i send a a Thrillion angels to cater to your every need just as you have given this freely to add to my slate of unending quest for artistry
  • Posted: January 13, 2017 14:12

    Agada destiny

    This is so amazing,tank u for d opportunities that u re giving to d youth sir, i pray that almighty God will continued to bless u nd ur entire house hold nd u shall be favour unconditionaly IJN AMEN..
  • Posted: January 13, 2017 21:13

    Ogunnowo khadijah

    I have been waiting on this and its here and my chances are becoming dimmer.I have a core i3 laptop.where do I start from
  • Posted: January 15, 2017 21:42

    ibraheem mohammed

    People with core i3, trust me, you don't want to go through that route, your core i3 4gb ram will frustrate the day out of you... You don't want to press enter and your system waiting till after 24hrs before it responds, for your own good, Kindly endeavor to meet the requirement. Kudos to oga niyi as always