By Comr Amos Kalu
The Director of Nigeria Film Corporation, NFC, Dr Chidia Maduekwe has, in his usual idiosyncrasies of breaking new grounds, concluded a high calibre meeting at Jamaica High Commission situated at 13 Hassan Musa Katsina Street, Asokoro, Abuja,with the High commissioner concerning the upcoming signing of agreements between Nigeria and Jamaica in the Audiovisuals industry during the binational meeting of the two countries in last weeks of February 2021.
This development is coming after recently concluding similar endorsements with Governments of Bangladesh, South Africa, France, etc, and all these bilateral, mutual engagements are focused on continuously projecting Nigeria further in the creative and booming film industry which he has placed in the limelight since he took over as the Director-General barely 5 years ago.
These numerous agreements, among other things, seek to deepen Nigerian Film and creative industry’s presence in the international scene beyond the daily normal movie making towards creating a vehicular transformation of our cultural heritage and values within the collaborating countries.
While meeting with H.E. Esmond St. C Reid, the Jamaican High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Maduekwe explained the importance of the Nigeria Film Festival coming by April and the need for Jamaica to use the evolving partnership to reenact the historical relationship that existed between Nigeria and the country over 400 years ago with symbols of Arochukwu , Calabar and Badagery Slave Trade Route that can re-echo with contemporary sights and sound and create a nostalgia through stories told by Africans for Africa and the world as only us can tell our stories better.
On his part, the High Commissioner expressed deep appreciation laden with excitement at the lofty ideals of the ever-innovative NFC Director and promised to employ every necessary action to bring to fruition, the collaboration between Jamaica and Nigeria Films Producers in a project sponsored by the two countries and possibly partnering with Netflix as already assured by Dr Chidia Maduekwe.
He also expressed the readiness of the Jamaican government to bring their acts and talents to participate in the April Film Festival to be hosted by NFC, with a view to reawakening creativity and exchange of knowledge among the two countries.
Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, after that, used the opportunity to officially inform the High Commissioner of his aspirations in the governorship race for Abia State in 2023. He was resoundly assured of the robust support of the Jamaican nation and fruitful partnership with the government of Abia state should he emerge victorious at the future contest.
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