By Chisom Okpala
Awka, July 20, 2018 (MOI) Anambra Government says it will back the production of Nollywood films in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke said the state government was interested in partnering with Nollywood film-making industry, describing it as `one of Nigeria’s major industries’.
Dr Okeke made this known when members of the Association of Music and Film Producers and Marketers of Nigeria (AMUFPMAN) paid him a courtesy visit at his office at the Government House, Awka.
He stressed the need for the Nollywood industry to be part of the state, noting that Ndi Anambra appeared to dominate in the movie industry and yet most of the productions were carried on outside the state.
He noted that unlike in the past, “Anambra is now the safest state, and that gives us enough reasons for such productions to happen in the state’’.
Okeke also noted that the Nollywood activities would no doubt encourage business growth, as well as boost the states’ Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He also noted that their presence in Anambra would assist in the creation jobs and growth of the hospitality businesses in the state.
The Deputy Governor re-assured of government’s support in ensuring that the industry made it into added: “Anambra definitely wants to be part and parcel of the film industry’’.
Earlier, President AMUFPMAN, Macson Nwasike, an evangelist said the association made up of producers and marketers were all part of film and music industry, under one umbrella.
According to him, we have created jobs and employment for many Nigerian graduates in acting, dancing and singing.
We have also produced wonderful actors, actresses and music stars all over the country.
He said that the association had its National Headquarters at Sammy Sparkle Plaza, Amikwo Awka, in Anambra.
Nwasike, then, pleaded for the state government partnership with the association.
He also requested for a parcel of land from government for the development of music and film market in Awka as well as donation of funds too.
Nwasike, then, urged Government to help the association in the fight against piracy, explaining that such a menace had put some of the members out of business.
Nollywood award winning actor, Clemson Agbogidi and a popular musician, Chika Okpala (Chief Okoroigwe Nwogbo, alias 4.30) were among those present at the meeting. (MOI)