A former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Mr. Emeka Mba, has donated hundreds of books to the library of the newly inaugurated MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy.
This was announced in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday.
The donation, the statement indicated, was aimed at promoting a healthy reading habit among the students of the academy.
The books, which cover a vast range of subjects, also include autobiographies, biographies and novels.
Other well-meaning individuals and organisations, such as the Committee for Relevant Art and Nollywood producer, Lilian Amah, as well as a former Dean of Ghana’s National Film and Television Institute, Prof Abraham Linus, had also donated books to the library.
Explaining why he made the donation, Mba said that MultiChoice, through the MTF project, had re-written the narrative of the creative industry by investing in the students of the MultiChoice Talent Factory Academy.
Urging the students to imbibe the habit of sharing knowledge among one another, he said, “Sharing ideas and knowledge is key and knowledge is the only thing that you share and it grows. You cannot be a good lawyer, if you don’t read cases. So, if you want to be a good filmmaker with impactful stories to tell, you have to read.”
Receiving the books on behalf of the MTF from the donor, the Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe, commended the former NBC D-G for the kind gesture. He appealed to the MTF students to make good use of the opportunity presented by the books on a variety of subjects to excel.
Ugbe noted that the students would gain new ideas by cultivating good reading habits that would in turn enrich their repertoire of knowledge within and outside the creative industry.