Lagos State’s Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed on Monday the launch of a groundbreaking $100 million film city project, christened ‘Kebulania Lagos Film City,’ in Epe. This ambitious venture is the result of a strategic partnership with Del-York International Group, signaling a remarkable advancement in the Nigerian film and entertainment industry.
The Kebulania Lagos Film City is set to stretch across a vast 100-hectare area, designed as a versatile live, work, and play facility. With an impressive 900 meters of prime waterfront, the project nestles in the serene and picturesque landscape of Ejinrin town, situated within the Epe Local Government Area. This development promises not only to invigorate Epe’s economic landscape but also elevate Lagos as a premier destination for the global film and entertainment industry.
Speaking at the official groundbreaking ceremony held in Epe, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his vision for this film city to be a transformative force. He emphasized the potential to stimulate job creation, economic growth, and investment within the state. The film city will serve as a nucleus for the entire film production ecosystem, accommodating state-of-the-art facilities including sound stages, editing suites, and production offices. Sanwo-Olu’s words conveyed a sense of excitement for what this project would bring, stating, “We envision a film city that is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, sound stages, editing suites, production offices, and everything necessary to bring the magic of the silver screen to life.”
Linus Idahosa, CEO and Founder of Del-York Group, who initially conceived the idea for this groundbreaking project three years ago, passionately believes that the Kebulania Lagos Film City will be a catalyst for creative mastery, economic vibrancy, and job creation. He envisioned the project as a key to unlocking an extraordinary future for Lagos State. Additionally, he expressed optimism regarding the economic impact of collaboration between Lagos Film City and the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. According to Idahosa, this partnership has the potential to significantly boost the local economy, projecting an increase in revenue by over 20% in the years to come.
Idahosa’s statements underscore the broader impacts this film city will have, especially in the tourism sector. Anticipating an influx of international visitors, he believes that Lagos Film City will serve as a major contributor to the local economy. In his words, “Collaboration is the heartbeat of creativity. With the Lagos Film City, we will unite diverse cultures in a shared creative vision, serving as a melting pot where the global creative community converges and collaborates. When we come together, work in unison, and craft stories together, we don’t just make art; we make history. Lagos has the potential to not only be a hub but also the epicenter of the global entertainment industry.”
The Kebulania Lagos Film City is poised to be a transformative force in the Nigerian and global film industry, fostering innovation, nurturing talent, and taking storytelling to new heights. As this project commences in Epe, it signifies an exciting phase in the evolution of Lagos as a global entertainment hub, promising abundant opportunities for job seekers, investors, and creative minds. With a commitment to state-of-the-art infrastructure, the film city is poised to redefine the way the world experiences cinema, breathing life into silver screen magic on a grand scale.
In a time when the film and entertainment industry is evolving rapidly, the Kebulania Lagos Film City positions Lagos State at the forefront of this dynamic sector. It is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and the unwavering belief in the potential of Lagos to make history in the global entertainment stage.