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Excitement In Nollywood As Gov Okowa Commence Building Of Asaba Film Village

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News of the Governor of Delta State building a world-class film village in Asaba has sent ripples of excitement through Nollywood. The Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria have applauded the governor’s move to build a state of the art film village in the state’s capital.

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The group paid the governor a courtesy visit at the Government House Asaba, on Friday, August 28, 2020.

 

During the visit, Ralph Nwadike, said film producers are happy about the new development in the state. He said Nollywood can now make Asaba the film capital of the country.

 

We have been to the Asaba Film Village project. And now we can boldly say we have a home and a base here in Asaba.

“I am commending you Mr. Governor with every zeal and zest because we are indeed coming to the promised land. I say this with all seriousness because wherever we go all over the world as filmmakers, they ask us: ‘where exactly is Nollywood?’

Nollywood started from Zeb Ejiro’s office. But there is no place to say this is Nollywood like they have the Bollywood and Hollywood in India and America. And so, going to the Asaba film village will be our own Canaanland.

“It’s a promised land, it’s not just a Nollywood city, it’s a place where we can call home and we are really proud of what Governor Okowa is doing there.

“The importance of all these is economic growth. Our restive youths be taken off the street seeing as they will now have something to do. It’s indeed a massive place and a creative arena where everybody in the film industry will find something to do.

“We thank you because before now, successive governments not just from Delta but virtually everywhere promised to take Nollywood to heaven but we are still here on earth. This is indeed a promise kept by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa. And we are very happy and proud to be part of this project.”

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Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association, Zeb Ejiro, also hailed the Governor for his works in the state.

 

“We have gone round Asaba and we have seen the good works you are doing. You are the first governor in this country to build a film village and by the grace of God the Association of Movie Producers will be here to celebrate with you during the inauguration.

“It will create massive employment and solve crime because it will take a lot of youths off the street.”

 

Governor Okowa thanked the group for returning back home to help develop their state

Let me welcome you all to Delta and I express my excitement that you are mainly Deltans because Deltans have done quite a lot in the movie and entertainment industry.

“We thank you for returning home to conduct your elections, having contributed a lot to Delta. I’m glad that you have gone to the film village being developed alongside a pleasure park.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the pace with which we intended to work in. And we could have done better than it is now, but hopefully it will be completed by next year.

“We are aware that most movies in Nigeria are shot in Delta and Asaba to be precise. The importance of the entertainment industry in job creation and economic development of Delta State cannot be overemphasized.

“We will create a functional movie village. With time, we will partner with the private sector to manage the film village. I welcome you to Delta and wish you well in your elections,” he stated.

 

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Sarah Oyedo

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