A dinner was organised for nominees of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2013
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers has urged Nollywood practitioners to put more professional touches into their movies in order to create a more responsible film industry.
Mr. Amaechi said this on Sunday night at the Government House, Port Harcourt, at a dinner organised for nominees of the Best of Nollywood Awards 2013.
The governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Nnabuihe Imegwu, described the Nigerian film industry as a very important mirror meant to portray the society in a responsible way.
“Nollywood represents Nigeria both at home and overseas. It is part of our everyday life here in Nigeria. Overseas, it is an export commodity and the world sees us through most of the movies we shoot and send out.
“The film industry should, therefore, be responsible in representing the country and we should always support it,” he said.
The organiser of the awards, Seun Oloketuyi, said that the awards had come a long way in its five years of existence.
“We are seeking to uplift the industry and encourage professionalism among our practitioners.
“We will maintain a responsible industry,” he said.
Mr. Oloketuyi also called for more government’s support for the Nigerian film industry.
Among the popular Nollywood actors at the event were Segun Arinze, Fathia Balogun, Adaora Ukoh, John Okafor, Foluke Daramola and Eniola Badmus.