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Creative industry is highly untapped, says Tenstring boss

… as School of Design institute opens in Lagos

Emmanuel Akapo

By Chris Onuoha

A new training school for discerning creative minds in a serene and eco-friendly environment called ‘Black Fragrance School of Design’ has berthed on the Mainland axis of Lagos with a supporting arm at the Victoria Garden City, Lekki, Lagos.

Coming, auspice of the famous music school in Lagos ‘Tenstrings’, the new hub is a creative institute for art, design and related courses meant for students who would want to hone a career in the creative industry either as a full-time professional career or an alternative to an existing career. Some of the courses offers are Graphics and Web design, Mobile App design, Game design, Photography, Video Editing and Animation. Others include Fashion Design, Leather art, cake art, Beads and beauty craft and Interior and Event décor.

At the opening ceremony held Wednesday July 4 at its new site, Ayisat Onisemu Street, Sanya, Surulere, Lagos, a pool of crowd was present to grace the occasion. Many of the spectators hailed the visionary steps taken by the organisation to bring such institute closer to the common people on the mainland. The school, a certificate awarding platform offers professional training courses in three segmented programme that runs 3 months, 6 months and 12 months with certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programmes.

Speaking with the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Black Fragrance School, Mr. Emmanuel Akapo, he disclosed that it is a vision born out of need to give back to the society.

“Last year, when I started to get concern about the two major issues that affect development of youths in Nigeria: one is wide-spread poverty and the other is lack of access to quality education, I decided to be part of addressing these issues. I didn’t want to go about it in the usual method of charity donations but I wanted to tap into the economic aspect and the social enterprise module of addressing this social issues.

“Then I decided to research and check on all the industries in the country to know which one has great potentials but untapped. I noticed that creative industry is highly untapped and I decided to go into this project as means of empowering people especially the Nigeria youths by training and giving them support to start their own businesses and better their lives.

“It is on record that about 50% of out of school children are in Nigeria. We want to reduce this number by investing in education. For the success of this project, it is all about commitment and passion to drive the cause. This project is facilitated by my foundation. We are offering about 100 students scholarship to study here. For those who could not afford the fee and have shown interest to change their status in life, we grant them scholarship and after completion of their courses, we give them start-up fund to start their own businesses.”

Picture: Emmanuel Akapo, MD, CEO Tenstrings Music Colege, Lagos.


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