The founder of the Royal Arts Center, Emem Isong Misodi, is a true trailblazer, driven by a passion for nurturing the next generation of filmmakers. In 2007, she founded The Royal Arts Academy in Nigeria with the goal of creating a comprehensive training ground for writers, actors, and directors. Her vision was to create a vibrant community where artists could come together to hone their skills and elevate their craft. Despite facing numerous obstacles, she persevered and secured the resources, a prime location, and support from industry colleagues and investors. Though it took time for the investments to pay off, her ultimate goal was not profit, but to build something that would outlive her, and be able to sustain itself through the talents it produced.
Today, The Royal Arts Academy is thriving with campuses in Lagos and Uyo and virtual learning options available. It continues to be a beacon for creativity and learning, offering courses throughout the year. Visit royalartsacademy.com.ng for more information.
This legacy serves as an inspiration for the Royal Arts Center in City of Houston, which will provide the communities with a unique blend of film, fashion, and food. The center will be a hub for creativity and learning, offering selected films that depict culture, fun weekend activities, networking opportunities, games, and a space for young adults to learn film-making skills. It is a true testament to the power of perseverance and the impact that one person can have in shaping the future of the arts. In her newly released book Phoenix: Out Of The Ashes currently available worldwide via Amazon, she details her journey from the very beginning of her career to where she is today.