Dr Chidia Maduekwe Attracts School of Cinematography to Abia, Performs Ground Breaking Ceremony.


The Nigerian Film corporation on Sunday performed a ground breaking ceremony for it’s school of cinematography in Asaga Ohafia, in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.

The project when completed is expected to serve as an audiovisual resources development centre, film entrepreneurial digital hub and a film village.

The Senator Representing Abia North Senatorial district and the Senate Chief Whip, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, who performed the foundation laying for edifice said the project was part of the Federal Government’s resolves aimed at developing the South East through several ongoing projects across the zone.

Kalu, represented by a retired Permanent Secretary in Abia State, Rev. Mrs Jemima Ola Kalu, enjoined the people of the state to continue supporting the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its bid to fast tract development of the country.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Nigeria Film corporation Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, who attracted the project, said it was sited in Ohafia because of its rich historical story telling culture.

Maduekwe revealed that the audiovisual centre was designed to provide innovative skills and training in trades like sewing, shoe and bag making hair dressing and information technology.

The Medical Doctor turned politician added that the centre would also train film related organizations in Film production and the use of equipment; provide private and public organization in film skills trade and manpower.

In his words, “Today is 2-1-22 it’s sounds like a code number, I think it’s a code number. The code number is saying that it’s time for us to reinvent, restore, realign ourselves for the deginity of man in Abia state.

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“The project we are celebrating today is key to the economic development of the state because first of all Ohafia is an area that is inbuilt with a lot of cultural capability. If you know the history of this area, you will know that it’s an area with a lot of story telling. In story telling one needs to learn about the capacity to produce the narrative that’s it’s associated with it.

“It’s an area whereby children as a habit will always have their parents tell them stories before going to sleep. Also the diversity of this locality again makes it possible that if we put an audiovisual centre here it will be beneficial not just to the South East alone, but also to our neighbours in the South-South States because of the proximity we have with some States in the geo-political region.

The former House of Representative member who earlier received a chieftaincy title of Ishinka of Ohafia by the Ohafia Council of Monarchs led by the Udumeze of Ohafia, Prof. E.U.L Imaga, said the project is already realizable because it’s been appropriated for, and thanked the Honourable minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the National Assembly that for making the budgetry provision.

The creative star popularly known by his political colleagues as ‘Good Governance’ and a man with an embodiment of wisdom and distinctive leadership and entrepreneurship traits, further said “We are starting with the 2021 budgetry provision already captured in the 2022 budget and even the five year rolling plan is all captured.

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“It just like any other government institution, it will be captured on yearly basis. Besides I also want to let you know that our funding partners particularly the French and Germans are interested because we are handling the film intreprenual hub and those relationships with our foreign partners demands that the Nigerian economy is supported by training young people, migrating our youths from unemployment to where they are wealth creators.

“This is an important project that’s dear to the Federal Government and also dear to the heart of our funding partners. Recently Nigerian Communication Commission expressed interest to partner with us in building the intreprenual hub in the six geo-political zone and Abia is one of them and where we laid the foundation today is one of those centres. I do know that government’s interest in the creativity sector means that it’s well funded and appropriated for”.


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