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Whistling Woods heads to Africa
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 02 August 2012, 17:23 PM (HKT)
Whistling Woods International, the Indian film school group, is to set up a division in Nigeria, following an invitation from local company Trend Media City.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding that would see them invest capital and know-how in the creation of Whistling Woods International Nigeria as a new film and media institute and would see WWI supervise the institute's operations for an initial ten year period. The location financial commitments and the timetable for development were not made public.
WWI, which is set to lose its Mumbai campus following a land dispute, has global expansion plans. The Nigeria site would be its second concrete overseas expansion, following a similar invitation from the Spanish government to set up a campus in Alicante, Spain. WWI also has relations with other schools in Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, the UK and Dubai.
"Everyone talks about the raw talents inherent in the Nollywood industry and its impendency as a major source of film and TV entertainment content to Africa and the world, but the WWI Nigeria will become the training ground to train, harness and refine the professionals and technicians who will take the industry to its next level and unlock its enormous economic potential," said chairman and CEO of TUG, the owners of Trend TV and TMC, Uzo UDEMBA (pictured, left, with WWI founder Subhash GHAI).