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



Susan Patrick and Ates Brown...Top editors at Anthill Studios

Susan Patrick and Ates Brown…Top editors at Anthill Studios

Hello guys.

Did you know that The Wedding Party 2, My Wife and I, The Women…three of the most successful films in 2017 were all edited by one woman: The beautiful and Genius Victoria Akujobi, Anthills Post Production Supervisor. Yes…we are proud like that!

About this time last year, i decided to start something to celebrate my mum’s legacy; empower women with training in a field that has blessed me a lot and enriched the women around me: film editing. We got 30 young and old women and taught them film editing for 3 days. it’s one of my most successful experiments. As we speak, the women have gone on to do great things within a year beyond my expectations. some have made their first feature films, some shorts, some started youtube channels and the two you see in this photo were part of the training and are now top editors at Anthill studios. Some of the students include filmmakers Uduak Isong, Blessing Egbe and popular youtube blogger Adenike Adebayo. My mama will be proud.

This year, we will be doing the same in February.

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 run for 3 days in February. 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. An email with a screenshot of your computer specs and 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 20th

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! ALSO, I WON’T BE TAKING ACTORS!!!!

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… Elizabeth Eyeola Akinmolayan who always encouraged strength and independence in women.


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  • Posted: January 9, 2018 12:33

    Dipe Funmilola

    Awesome! I have been on the outlook for this but my only problem is the spec of the computer. I know you clearly stated 8GB RAM but can 4GB RAM also work? That's what i have got.
    • Posted: January 9, 2018 15:28


      No it can’t. Increase it
  • Posted: January 9, 2018 18:19

    Senge yinlayefa

    Wow. Thank you so much for such a great opportunity. Can Intel(R) i3 processor qualify?. I really wish to take part in these training.
    • Posted: January 9, 2018 22:18


      It can’t
      • Posted: January 10, 2018 06:23

        Senge yinlayefa

        Wow. What about Intel celeron. 1.50GHZ?
        • Posted: January 10, 2018 17:08


          Wow. What about Intel celeron. 1.50GHZ? Can it be accepted?
  • Posted: January 9, 2018 19:34


    Is this training going to be in Lagos?
  • Posted: January 10, 2018 09:35


    What day(S) in February?
    • Posted: January 10, 2018 15:45


      The selected participants will be informed
  • Posted: January 10, 2018 12:36


    is it just women
  • Posted: January 10, 2018 18:43


    Just bought a laptop yesterday with 6 gig RAM. I feel so out of luck
    • Posted: January 10, 2018 20:34


      You can increase it
  • Posted: January 10, 2018 22:41

    Azeez Adijat Monisola

    Please, what if the processor is AMD because that's what I have and will really love to participate in this great opportunity
    • Posted: January 11, 2018 06:57


      Send the speck. It’s the processor speed I’ll beck
  • Posted: January 11, 2018 12:18

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  • Posted: January 11, 2018 23:39


    Just want to try again. I have an AMD E-300 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.30 GHz 8 GB Ram. Can these be used. Please I'd really appreciate a reply. Thank you, so sorry for disturbing
  • Posted: January 12, 2018 20:36

    Umechukwu Chibuike

    Please, is it secluded to females alone? I'll love to participate
  • Posted: January 13, 2018 08:30

    bakare motunrayo

    Good day av bin looking for this opportunity to come. But I'm. Not a girl
  • Posted: January 15, 2018 09:56


    Good day pls I am a student and would love to participate but I also have classes at school that I can't miss,though I have like 2days free in a week. What do u advice sir.
    • Posted: January 15, 2018 13:14


      It’ll be on a Friday Saturday and Sunday
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 12:13

    Prince Enimus West

    Hello Boss when are you going to arrange a kind of stuffs like this for male.... I really aspire to be a Film Maker.. I've been sending you messages on Facebook but you didn't reply..
  • Posted: January 16, 2018 18:41


    Please make something for us writers too. Today is my birthday and I feel poised to reachout to you. I have an epic script I can assure is standard and want it put out before Naija frustrates one to become a yahoo person.
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 15:29

    akingbade faderera

    quite good
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 16:32

    Ese Noko

    I so love this .. have always wanted to learn Editing... how do I apply
  • Posted: January 17, 2018 19:47


    I have a 2017 Intel core i3 @ 2.00GHz 1 Tera and 4.00GB ram, I plan to do an upgrade to qualify. Can I go ahead and apply while I do my upgrade?
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 09:24

    Zina Ralph

    Thank you for this opportunity. Please where will the training hold?
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 15:05


    my system is 4g ram and have tried to increase it to 8g but it's too heavy, but it can take 6gb. can I come with 6gb?
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 22:03

    Folami Olatunbosun

    Hi ladies out there, my name is Tuboh and I was a partake of the bountiful and generous grace flowing from uncle Niyi last year at ‘Chics in post’. In a sentence, I will simply say it was impactFULL! I learnt all I needed to know to be called an editor in 3days! Uncle Niyi is an awesome and patient teacher. All the team members(our seniors) were extremely helpful, even the students in my set were just wonderful. I sincerely say this, there is no negative feedback whatsoever! For the incoming students, please go the extra mile to get the right laptop needed. I borrowed mine and had to give it back after the class and so could not practice, but for the zeal, I continued with reading posts on editing to keep my knowledge sharpened while I save to get my Mac laptop. (Now the money is complete 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 Editing here I come!) Keep your interest high, even the earth will attract to you all you need to succeed! Bon chance a tous!
    • Posted: January 20, 2018 18:36


      This right here was my push. Keeping my fingers crossed and praying to God to be among the shortlisted females. Thank you for sharing Tuboh, thank you for this opportunity Mr Niyi
  • Posted: January 18, 2018 22:21

    Eyibio Rosemary

    Wooow great I once learnt editing I will love editing soo much but I was unable to complete the opportunity I had but wish to be in the industry but there's no support...hmmm I really wish all my wishes will come to pass...May God bless u ma keep doing good
  • Posted: January 20, 2018 23:13

    Deinma Medahunsi

    This is really a lovely opportunity and I really hope to be selected.
  • Posted: January 29, 2018 11:06


    Hi, Please i am curious to know if the selection has been completed and shortlisted candidates notified. Thank you!
    • Posted: February 3, 2018 06:57


      Yes it has and they have all been notified
  • Posted: July 12, 2018 10:35


    Please is there going to be another batch again. Plseaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Just stumbled on this. Uncle niyi pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee