Guild says film village would help Anambra’s revenue.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Anambra chapter, has urged the state governor, Willie Obiano, to construct a film village in Awka to serve as a tourist centre.
The Chairman of AGN in the state, Samson Obidinma, made the call during the guild’s Democracy Charity Carnival in Awka on Sunday.
Mr. Obidinma said the centre would serve as a rallying point for entertainers as well as boost the state government’s revenue generation.
The chairman also appealed to the governor to assist the organisation build a befitting secretariat as well to provide them with location buses.
He noted that the guild, also called Nollywood, was striving to produce movies that would change the attitude of the people from the negative to the positive.
“As partners in progress with the government at all levels in job creation, nation-building and employment, there is no gainsaying that many graduates who should have been roaming the streets in search for white collar jobs are now gainfully employed. As the third largest movie producer in the world after the United States Hollywood and Indian Bollywood, the Nollywood is equally a foreign exchange earner for the nation,” Mr. Obidinma said.
The secretary of the chapter, Eddiking Mbachu, appealed to non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to assist the guild by donating funds for movie production.
Mr. Mbachu said that such sponsorship could help curb youth restiveness, reduce unemployment, kidnapping and insurgency.
Earlier, the group visited the Awka Prisons, where it called for efforts to ameliorate the plight of the inmates.
Some of the items donated to the prison by the group included cartons of bar soap, bags of sachet water, beverages, bed spread, toiletries and N10,000.
The Deputy Comptroller of the prison, Emmanuel Oguejiofor, represented by the Chief Warder, Sunday Orji, thanked the group for the gesture.