The Nigerian government will establish a world-class film village in Kano, with a view to standardizing local film production and creation of jobs.
Speaking at an interactive session with Kannywood film practitioners in Kano on Thursday, lead promoter of the project and a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, said the 20-hectare centre would be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for film making.
“The film village has cinematography centre, 400-capacity auditorium for training, hostel, sound stage, eatery block, three-star hotel, shopping mall, stadium, clinic, among others,” he said.
According to him, the centre was modeled out of an Indian film city and a Chinese film centre.
Mr. Jibrin also revealed that N1billion would soon be released by the federal government for the kick-off of the initial stage of the project.
Also speaking at the event, a former president of Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria, MOPAN, Sani Mu’azu, said the centre would create 4,500 jobs and reduce the import of film equipment.
“The centre would also boost the advertisement industry by production of first-rate commercials.” Muazu said.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on the project at the end of the event in Kano, Kannywood lead actor and singer, Adam Zango, applauded the federal government for the film village project.
” There wouldn’t have been any better time to do this than now. This is what we really desire and we are all grateful to Hon. Abdulmumini for facilitating the sensitization meeting and take- off of this project. President Buhari has promised to be part of the entertainment industry and with this project we can only say thank you Baba, ” Mr. Zango said.
Actors Ali Nuhu, Falalu Dorayi, Ummah Shehu and Rahama Sadau also commended the effort of the government on the initiative.
In his remark, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, expressed appreciation to the federal government for bringing the project to Kano.
The governor said his government would sponsor some of the artists to acquire foreign training in cinematography and film-making.
The event attracted other film makers, producers and actors.