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The Phoenix Den: Future of African Creatives

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The Phoenix Den: Future of African Creatives

As part of Accelerate's continued efforts to support creatives in Nigeria, through The Phoenix Project, 150 people out of 5000 enrolled learners were selected by Access Bank to participate in the Intermediate and Advanced levels of The Phoenix Project as part of cohort 1. We are super excited for the selected learners. Now, if you missed out on Cohort 1, not to worry, cohort 2 is starting soon! As part of the learning program design of The Phoenix Project, it was important that we provide end-to-end support for our learners. This is why we incorporated The Phoenix Den into the program design. Through The Phoenix Den, we allow all of our top-performing learners to unleash their full potential. The Den offers two pathways, creative business incubation with the possibility of funding, and internship opportunities across multiple creative companies in Nigeria.We have partnered with a leading start-up incubator in Africa to train and mentor learners who reach this level of the learning program. For incubation, selected learners will go through a 3-month intensive training on start-up development. At the end of the intensive sessions. learners will have the opportunity to pitch their creative idea and stand the chance to get funding to kickstart their creative business. The learners who opt in for the internship pathway of The Phoenix Den will be assigned to creative companies in Nigeria for 3 months. Whoop whoop! We are excited for members of Cohort 1 who made it to The Phoenix Den. It is important for you as a creative to take this opportunity seriously, as it gives you the opportunity to not just learn but start your creative journey on a very strong and positive note.To get into the next cohort of The Phoenix Den, be sure to sign up for cohort 2 of the Intermediate and Advanced levels starting soon!Join the waitlist here

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Published - Wed, 20 Jul 2022

Successful Completion of Intermediate and Advanced Level of Cohort 1

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Successful Completion of Intermediate and Advanced Level of Cohort 1

Billed to be a memorable day at Accelerate, The Phoenix Project presented its graduates from the first cohort of learners. It was filled with moments of creative fun, celebration for the Partners, facilitators, learners and the whole team at The Phoenix Project  and Accelerate. Aptly regarded as the premier learning platform for creatives, The Phoenix Project hosted her first set of learners to their graduation ceremony which held on Friday, the 12th of August, 2022 at the Access Bank building on Plot 1665, Oyin Jolayemi street, Victoria Island, Lagos with the learners, facilitators and partners in attendance. Recently launched on the 29th of April, 2022, The Phoenix Project admitted over 5,000 learners to its Learning management system which hosts the beginner level courses across 3 bundles; The Film & production, Business of Entertainment & social media for business bundles. The beginner level courses were delivered through the intuitive learning management, and upon the completion of the beginner level courses, successful learners were admitted into the intermediate & advanced levels which are learner-exclusive structured in-person sessions which expands the knowledge instilled at the beginner level while also preparing them for entrepreneurship and employability in the creative space. In partnership with the School of Media and Communication of the Pan-Atlantic University, a total number of 200 learners admitted into the intermediate & advanced levels went through rigorous training relative to the ever growing creative industry. During the course of these sessions, learners had a combination of assessments and conditions to be met that would ensure their graduation from the program.At the end of the assessments, a total of sixty-three students qualified for graduation; students with exceptional performances were then further selected to participate in the final stage of the program called THE PHOENIX DEN.The Phoenix Den is the phase of the program where participants are selected to either access funding to support their business ideas or gain internship opportunities within a host of  creative companies in Nigeria. According to Jite Ovuraye, Head of Marketing and Operations at Accelerate “ It is important we exist as a platform for all creatives to leapfrog their careers in this sector of the economy. Accelerate strives to go beyond entertainment, and through The Phoenix Project we get to do just that.”

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Published - Thu, 18 Aug 2022

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Successful Completion of Intermediate and Advanced Level of Cohort 1
Successful Completion of Intermediate and Advanced Level of Cohort 1
Billed to be a memorable day at Accelerate, The Phoenix Project presented its graduates from the first cohort of learners. It was filled with moments of creative fun, celebration for the Partners, facilitators, learners and the whole team at The Phoenix Project  and Accelerate. Aptly regarded as the premier learning platform for creatives, The Phoenix Project hosted her first set of learners to their graduation ceremony which held on Friday, the 12th of August, 2022 at the Access Bank building on Plot 1665, Oyin Jolayemi street, Victoria Island, Lagos with the learners, facilitators and partners in attendance. Recently launched on the 29th of April, 2022, The Phoenix Project admitted over 5,000 learners to its Learning management system which hosts the beginner level courses across 3 bundles; The Film & production, Business of Entertainment & social media for business bundles. The beginner level courses were delivered through the intuitive learning management, and upon the completion of the beginner level courses, successful learners were admitted into the intermediate & advanced levels which are learner-exclusive structured in-person sessions which expands the knowledge instilled at the beginner level while also preparing them for entrepreneurship and employability in the creative space. In partnership with the School of Media and Communication of the Pan-Atlantic University, a total number of 200 learners admitted into the intermediate & advanced levels went through rigorous training relative to the ever growing creative industry. During the course of these sessions, learners had a combination of assessments and conditions to be met that would ensure their graduation from the program.At the end of the assessments, a total of sixty-three students qualified for graduation; students with exceptional performances were then further selected to participate in the final stage of the program called THE PHOENIX DEN.The Phoenix Den is the phase of the program where participants are selected to either access funding to support their business ideas or gain internship opportunities within a host of  creative companies in Nigeria. According to Jite Ovuraye, Head of Marketing and Operations at Accelerate “ It is important we exist as a platform for all creatives to leapfrog their careers in this sector of the economy. Accelerate strives to go beyond entertainment, and through The Phoenix Project we get to do just that.”

Thu, 18 Aug 2022

HOW TO STIR YOUR CREATIVITY.
HOW TO STIR YOUR CREATIVITY.
As cliché as the title of this article is, I'm not going to be asking you to listen to music, or take a walk or maybe journal twice a day. Don’t get me wrong, they are all fantastic advice, but may never work if you don’t ask the right questions.No, you’re not asking a professional, from whom you’d be sure to get loads of generalized and overly simplified answers, (stray bulletz inna da air!) you’d be asking the one person with all the data about you and what you represent, “YOURSELF”.Now if you’re looking for a quick fix, I’d suggest you swipe past now, or forever be informed that getting creative is much deeper than taking a walk in the park (literally lol).1. Find out when you get creativeUnderstanding the basis of your personality could be a major breakthrough as you search to come up with uniquely creative ideas. Studying yourself to find out at what time, place and in what settings your creative juices flow could be such a game changer! I’m a night crawler, and so, during the day, it can be a struggle to concentrate, even when I am not in crowded or loud environment, but at night, it’s like I don’t even have to try! Do you know if you’re a morning or night person? whether you think and work better when you’re alone, in a team or while you’re checking other people’s work out in your endless scrolls on social media? Well then, get over paper work, emails and other routine tasks and get down to business when you’re most comfortable.2. What aligns with your field of play. Are you outspoken and articulate, calculative, introspective? Do you think fast on your feet? Do people find you funny? Does your imagination run wild?  These seemingly mundane things could be the reason you’re drawn to your field of play, it’s probably what makes you uniquely capable to function as whoever you want to be. Before desiring to be an artist, a producer, an actor or brand manager, you must have aligned with thought processes particularly to any of these field in a way. This is evident in the way we interpret the same things differently. For example, where a journalist who encounters a man with an abnormally large leg might see an interesting story to write or film about, a doctor could be concerned for the life of a patient whom he/she knows is in dire need of medical attention. Creativity is in the way we see. 3. Find your purposeCreativity is not dependent on what you’re good at alone and so just because you can sing or act, does not mean your purpose is in acting or the music industry as an artist.This is why knowing what your purpose is, is crucial in stimulating and channeling your creative voice.Knowing your purpose does 2 things:1. It keeps you passionate: Passion is fleeting, but understanding purpose will keep you grounded and focused on your craft even on days when you are feeling unmotivated2. It carves your niche: We log on to social media and hear a lot about finding/creating a niche to grow in and make a difference but very few people really add how they find their niche. Purpose answers that! Ever wondered why creatives sometimes come off as unoriginal? Or why they start with one thing but cannot seem to sustain the persona they have created? it’s because the answer to your why is either incorrect or needs to be updated. Find your purpose and you’ll see how ideas will flow easily to you. 4. Find out how you get creative.What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired? A recent study carried out by psychologists at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada suggests that the average person has about 6200 thoughts per day! This means that the human mind is literally a gold mine of ideas and being creative is not for a limited few, everyone has the ability to be exceptionally creative.With your hands, through journaling or hanging out with creatives like yourself, finding out HOW you get creative will put an end to your dry spells. It’s going to be a lot of work but both you and your career and will be better for it.

Mon, 25 Jul 2022

The Phoenix Den: Future of African Creatives
The Phoenix Den: Future of African Creatives
As part of Accelerate's continued efforts to support creatives in Nigeria, through The Phoenix Project, 150 people out of 5000 enrolled learners were selected by Access Bank to participate in the Intermediate and Advanced levels of The Phoenix Project as part of cohort 1. We are super excited for the selected learners. Now, if you missed out on Cohort 1, not to worry, cohort 2 is starting soon! As part of the learning program design of The Phoenix Project, it was important that we provide end-to-end support for our learners. This is why we incorporated The Phoenix Den into the program design. Through The Phoenix Den, we allow all of our top-performing learners to unleash their full potential. The Den offers two pathways, creative business incubation with the possibility of funding, and internship opportunities across multiple creative companies in Nigeria.We have partnered with a leading start-up incubator in Africa to train and mentor learners who reach this level of the learning program. For incubation, selected learners will go through a 3-month intensive training on start-up development. At the end of the intensive sessions. learners will have the opportunity to pitch their creative idea and stand the chance to get funding to kickstart their creative business. The learners who opt in for the internship pathway of The Phoenix Den will be assigned to creative companies in Nigeria for 3 months. Whoop whoop! We are excited for members of Cohort 1 who made it to The Phoenix Den. It is important for you as a creative to take this opportunity seriously, as it gives you the opportunity to not just learn but start your creative journey on a very strong and positive note.To get into the next cohort of The Phoenix Den, be sure to sign up for cohort 2 of the Intermediate and Advanced levels starting soon!Join the waitlist here

Wed, 20 Jul 2022

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