HISTORY OF ROYAL ARTS ACADEMY
Emem Isong’s journey from a starry-eyed Theatre Arts graduate to Nollywood success was fraught with obstacles on every side.
The producer thereafter determined that she would create an institution to equip aspiring filmmakers with the required skill, craft and knowledge to make their Nollywood-entry less arduous than hers was.
Early in 2010, Emem Isong and her team sought a suitable location for the school. They decided on Surulere for two reasons: first, it was the unofficial capital of Nollywood in Lagos. Domiciled there were the offices of the most of the Lagos-based movie producers as well as the most influential industry Guilds and Associations: second, Surulere was a great central point between the mainland and the island, giving prospective students easy access from both sides of the state. In July 2010, Royal Arts Academy opened at number 4 Adebisi close, Ajao Road, off Ogunlana Drive, Surulere Lagos.
Acting and Screenwriting classes commenced with eight students, one man and eight ladies.
With each succeeding session, students poured in in increasing numbers from all areas in Nigeria, and soon, from South Africa, Cameroon, Liberia, Kenya, Dubai and Mozambique. Soon, more courses were added: Editing, Directing, Dance, Psychology for Acting and Aerobics and Physical Fitness.
Alumni of the institution such as Theresa Edem, Ijeoma Agu, Lota Chukwu, Bunmi Ajakaiye, Etinosa Idemudia, May Owen, Debby Felix and Emem Ufot, etc. began to gain ground and prominence in Nollywood, using the experience and knowledge gained to expand the canvas of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
In July 2016, Royal Arts Academy was accredited by the National Board of Technical Education (NBTE). The students of this programme may proceed after this to the polytechnics or universities for higher education. (NBTE, 2007)