Nigerian Govt Launches Program to Devt & Retain Creative Tech Talents

The Nigerian Government has designed a program is aimed at developing and retaining of Creative Technology Talents in Nigeria for promoting career skills and providing job opportunities among the beneficiaries.

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The program, which is an initiative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in collaboration with Ascend Studios Foundation is announcing the launch of Creative Technology Program (CTP), is to enable, nurture and upskill creative technology talents in persons into viable career options.

According to the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, the program will help to create an ecosystem that will boost the economic potential of all participants saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the existing digital skills gap and resulted to millions of job losses-disrupting the global landscape and leaving many with speculations on the world’s recovery mechanism, therefore this level of training is crucial.

Commenting on the program, President of Ascend Studios Foundation, Dr Inya Lawal, said “We are delighted that NITDA has partnered with us as our goal is to bridge the creative technology skill gap Nigeria has and produce top professionals in Gaming, Animation and Augmented Reality whose work can compete globally”.

The NITDA- Ascend Studios Foundation, CTP is expected to enable the participants gain new skills that will help them take their ventures to the next level, at the same time formulating a strong network for sharing ideas and each other’s experiences.

The program will find talents in Animation, Games and AR who will contribute positively to the Nigerian economy and its relation to career/business opportunities within creative technology.

CTP is supported by the HOW Foundation, Africa Creative Market, Paramount Africa, Global Wissen Consult, Entertainment IP Germany and the Animation Excellence Cluster in Germany.

Application for the program which has since opens closes 11th November.

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