With its consolidating hold on the photography industry, Pixels Digital Systems has demonstrated readiness for the next level. The company’s efforts at putting itself at an advantageous position ahead of its competitors paid of recently as Pixels International Academy, the company’s training arm was recently approved by the Oyo State Board for Technical and Vocational Education, BOTAVED.
Speaking during a media briefing at the company’s office in Bodija, Ibadan on Thursday, the CEO, Omolaraeni Olaosebikan disclosed that “this approval bears eloquent testimony to our commitment to, not just fulfilling our pledges in terms of building global standard creative capacity for young people but also it goes to show our tenacity towards contributing to the socio-economic development of Nigeria through technical and vocational training”.
She went on to state that Pixels International Academy has been positioned to provide premium courses with absolutely rich content that can stand any global standard. “We integrate deep practical in our courses and we ensure that students are given opportunity for internship during their period of study to exhibit whatever they have learnt within the four walls of the classroom”, she said.
Olaosebikan also shed light on the academy’s goal. “It is to help many Nigerians discover where an exciting career in photography can take them. It is also to give competitive edge to our students through the comprehensive foundation we provide for them through world-class sophisticated photography equipment and practical they would be exposed to while taking our courses”.
The Academy’s Managing Director, Oluwadolapo Isola averred that the Academy is the only one in Nigeria that has a standardized curriculum for all programmes. She also pointed out that the curriculum is always reviewed in the face of present realities in the Industry and technological developments.
Isola went on to state that in the last 11 years, Pixels International Academy has trained “more than 100 creative professionals who find it so easy to bring all they have learnt in the in classes to real life through structured traineeship and internship programmes”.
The Managing Director also lauded the achievements of some alumni including Kore Ola, who took a documentary photography of “The 41 Year-Old Costume” which got featured on BBC and Phoye Photography, who dazzled at the just concluded Ibadan Wedding Awards 2019 by winning the Ibadan Newbie Wedding Photography Award for the year.
Ajibola Oluwafemi, one of the students disclosed that a friend recommended Pixels to him. “The facilitators are great people; I find more than teachers in them. They are mentors, friends, they want you to know everything they know about photography. It is somewhere I recommend to others and the earlier you start, the better”, he said.
The Academy’s management disclosed that children as young as eight years old can be trained; and that might happen during the photography boot camp planned for the summer break. The Anchor Online has also gathered that Pixels is the official vocation tutor in some schools in Ibadan and environs.