Award winning U.S. documentary filmmaker, Dr. Janice Collins says Nigerians' 'very' open, aggressive, gun-hold goal-getting lifestyles are exciting.

Dr. Collins, Monday said in Abuja, the capital of Africa's most populous country believes these attributes distinguish Nigerians as teachable and progressive people.

Opening a training for local practicing and intending documentary filmmakers, the Emmy award winning broadcast journalist described Africa as the genesis of "everything".

"Africa is where everything began - the books, libraries...," she said, excited about coming to train Africans in visual storytelling.

Mrs. Collins, a university Professor in the United States of America believes the more voices are empowered across the globe, the better humanity would be.

The training facilitated by her, organized by the Africa International Documentary Festival Foundation aims to promote the skills of young African documentary filmmakers, storytellers and journalists for national impact, Mrs. Malame Mangzha, the Director General of AIFDFF said.

The training is expected to last two days in the Nigerian capital.


Meanwhile, the Plateau State University, Bokkos is to honour Miss Dorcas Bwetisun Bello, a 2016 graduate of its English Literature department who recently clinched the 2018 best African International Documentary award.

The institution had reached and hailed Miss Bello in November 2018 after she beat dozens of other candidates in the October challenge organized by the African International Documentary Festival Foundation.

Sources in the university say the Vice Chancellor alongside top management of the institution have fixed between Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December 2018 to specially receive the filmmaker in Bokkos.

The idea according to the sources is to identify with the ex student for the feat attained, and identify areas of partnership for mutual benefits.

Miss Bello is however in Abuja for the two-day workshop organized by the US partnered African International Documentary Festival Foundation based in the Nigerian capital city.

The training is to be facilitated by Emmy Award winner, Dr. Janice Marie Collins and a Grammy awardee, Mr. Ranadeb Choudhury, as well as Ms. Lisa Alfred, another award winning professional from the USA.

The three are expected to coach participants, mainly Nigerians in film production, script writing, directing, film editing and video journalism.

Themed "Africa Telling her Own Story", the training aims to expand the capacity and market for Africans to report their own experiences themselves for the development of the continent, Director General of AFIDFF, Mrs. Malame Mangzha says.

The event according to her is preparatory to an international film festival the foundation aims to host in California, USA next year.

AFIDFF has subsidized the training fee by over 50% with only training materials and feeding to be sponsored by participants, she said in a chat with MKReporters.