Abakaliki, Feb. 10, 2024 (NAN) As a way to promote the cultural heritage of the people of Ebonyi and Igbos at large, Nollywood filmmakers unveiled the Igbo Cinema and Culture project in Abakiliki on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the filmmakers present at the unveiling ceremony in Abakaliki included Pete Edochie, Patience Ozokwor, Chinwetala Agu, Nkem Owo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, and Cha-Cha Eke, among others.
Gov. Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi described the occasion as a “welcome development” for the state as it aimed at promoting the identity of the people, especially the Igbos.
Nwifuru, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Patricia Obila, pledged the sum of N15 million as support for the filmmaking project in Ebonyi.
According to the governor, the state is determined to develop the entertainment industry for the people and promote their heritage.
“Our culture is our heritage, which includes our language and clothing, among others.
“My government is tagged “People’s Chatter of Needs’, and we are ready to support projects aimed at promoting our image as a state and Igbo land,” the governor said.
Unveiling the project, Pete Edochie commended the people of Ebonyi for putting up the project, stressing that the cinema would continue to attract support.
Kanayo and Ozokwor also hailed the initiators of the cinema project in the state and urged them to keep the flag flying.
They described the film industry in Nigeria as the “biggest employer of labour” and, therefore,urged all hands to be on deck to move the industry forward.
Earlier, Mr. Stanley Ogbuewu, the state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, said the idea of the cinema project was to reawaken the consciousness of Ndigbo towards the beauty of their culture.
Ogbuewu explained that it is also a way to promote Igbo culture and bring the people together.
“This unique project will re-establish and revive our dwindling Igbo culture, especially our language, by creating awareness in our hands.
“The cinema will showcase movies, music, and dances produced using the language and lifestyle of our people.
“With this project, we will understand that despite the languages and traditions, we are one.
“There is that tradition that binds Igbo people together, which is what the project is trying to bring alive through the unveiling,” the Commissioner added. (NAN)