By Funmilola Gboteku
The Lagos State government, in partnership with the Mo Abudu organization, has awarded recognition awards to selected female figures in the Nigerian film industry.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Commissioner Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf said in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the prizes were awarded as part of the “Eko Cultural Series”.
She said the female gender in the industry has excelled over the years in areas initially dominated by their male counterparts.
Akinbile-Yussuf said female personalities and television stars need recognition for their contributions to the development of the country’s film and creative industry.
The commissioner said that the acting, producing and directing capacity of female artists, among others, was commendable.
She said the recognition given to them was a noble idea, adding that celebrating stakeholders in the creative industry, like other professional bodies, would serve as a source of encouragement.
“Nollywood” is currently the second largest film producer in the world in terms of number of films.
“The achievement is not only in terms of the number of films, but above all how the personalities involved in these delectable stories were able to change our society for the better and also exposed several social ills,” said Akinbile-Yussuf.
She said the state government will ensure the development of the industry through capacity building.
The Commissioner explained that this administration is currently in partnership with two renowned creative companies to train young creative stars in different fields of film production in order to achieve world-class professionalism.
She said the training would help them compete favorably with their contemporaries around the world.
The Commissioner urged the winners to make conscious efforts to impact the lives of the youngest by transferring their knowledge to future TV and TV stars.
Ebony Life Place CEO Mo Abudu said there is so much talent in Nigeria and so much to celebrate in the creative industry outside of the successes already in filmmaking and TV presentation. .
She said the support and ambiance provided by the state government made filmmaking and production an interesting experience.
“It is a fact that politics and entertainment are the two main factors influencing the world today.
“Politicians have now realized how powerful the entertainment industry is in influencing the decisions of the masses,” Mo Abudu said.
According to her, the awards ceremony was held to recognize the hard work and dedication of women in the film and television industry.
Mo Abudu, however, noted that the winners were only a fraction of the other women who would be recognized in upcoming editions of the Eko Star Film and TV Awards.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that 65 film and TV stars received various awards at the event, including renowned octogenarian TV presenter and actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (OON), which received a special award of “A Lifetime Achievement Like No Other”.
In addition, the veteran actress, Ms. Joke Silva, received a special recognition award for inspiring people, among others.
Eko Culture Series, an initiative of MO Abudu and the Lagos State Government, is a blend of entertainment and tourism designed as a platform to present different unique characteristics of Lagos and its rich cultural experiences. (NOPE)
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