By Motolani Ayeniloye
Media and Sony Pictures Television, Mo Abudu‘s EbonyLife, have teamed up to launch a writers initiative aimed at Africans called ‘Alo.’
According to Variety, Alo, which translates from Yoruba as “once upon a time,” will create a platform for African writers to submit their story documentaries and television scripts.
According to EbonyLife’s Chief Executive Officer, Abudu, the name “Alo” is an inspiration to her. “The name of this initiative inspires me because we chose a word that has so much personal meaning for me. I am especially excited about the writers’ initiative because it aligns with our continent-wide vision of harnessing and growing our creative economy” she said.
“It focuses on truly African global narrative and enables African writers access to the world’s largest international broadcasters. For me, it’s a dream come true.”
Submissions will be accepted from September 24 to November 5 for the initiative, which will be reviewed by EbonyLife and SPT officials.
Shortlisted writers will be given the opportunity to create a pilot script in collaboration with the organizers, and upon completion, will be able to pitch their projects to well-known international broadcasters.
“We know from our many, many conversations developing this initiative with Mo and her team at EbonyLife that there are countless stories from across the African continent yet to be told, We hope that this will provide a unique platform for writers of African descent who have a story they want to tell the world.” Nina Lederman said on behalf of SPT
EbonyLife TV also partnered with Universal Pictures and Will Parker Production earlier this month to acquire adaptation rights for a film about Ramon Abass, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, who is being held as part of an investigation into money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, and scamming.
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