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Experts hail Nigerian movie industry at Cannes

Experts hail Nigerian movie industry at Cannes

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Akeem Lasisi

Film-makers from different countries gave kudos to Nollywood in Nice, France, on Saturday when the Lagos State team at the ongoing Cannes Festival screened a documetary titled Nollywood in Lagos.

The documentary traces the movement of the country’s movie industry from the colonial era, through the genesis of the home video to what is now called the New Nollywood.

It starts with the exploits of the likes Ola Balogun, Adeyemi Afolayan, Moses Olaiya and Eddy Ugboma, moving to the birth of Nollywood till it gets to bigger films that have revitalised the cinema culture.

A producer Jean-Antonio Duprat, noted that the development of Nigeria’s film industry had gained global recognition.

He commemded Lagos outing at Cannes, saying it would provide the opportunity to deepen metworks.

Another French Producer, Monorom Youk, said she discovered Nollwood via its fame.

“Your industry is amazing. It is good for Africa,” she said.

In his remarks at the Lagos Pavillion, where the screening held, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Fola Adeyemi, said Lagos had the comparative advantage of being the commercial and entertainment capital of not just Nigeria but Africa in general.

He said, “It is the roles and potential of Lagos as the base of the film world and tourism hub that we are bringing out. Lagos is the seat of Nollywood. Every great movie in Nigeria is usually shot in Lagos.”

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