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Film maker targets Edo as a movie hub

Post  Admin on Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:42 pm

A Nollywood film maker, Sam Obeakemhe, has concluded plans to shoot his next film, Okeh - a movie on priestly initiation - in the Edo North Senatorial District (Afenmai) of Edo State. He hopes to make Afenmai a hub of film production.

Obeakemhe, a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, stated that his plan was to explore the rich cultural values and ethos of the Afenmai people of the area and to boost the socio-political development of the area.

The film producer, famous for popular works such as Ripples, Royal Tears, Mortal Inheritance and Domitilla, believes that the project will steer youths away from criminality and other social vices and redirect their energies towards using movies as a fulcrum for social empowerment and economic development of Afenmai community.

According to Obeakemhe, current political and socio-cultural realities in the world demand that ethnic nationalities assert themselves in order to benefit from available opportunities in the world.

He said, "Much of what is known about America today has been perceived through Hollywood movies, same is applicable to India-Bollywood. Coming back home, the Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and Efik people have used the medium of Nollywood movies to create their cultural identities, advance their political stakes and create jobs for their people.

"Afenmai has a rapidly growing youth population which can bring about development if optimally tapped. Without exaggeration, the movie industry can employ 70 per cent of those in the unemployment bracket if all variables are put into the right place."


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