The Advisory Committee on the Nigerian Film Industry has met with a promise to contribute to the sustainability of the vibrancy of the Nigerian Film industry. Rising from a two-day meeting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, members of the committee were optimistic that there are better days ahead for the film industry in Nigeria if indeed all stakeholders brace up against inherent challenges and contribute meaningfully to the growth of the sector.
The meeting which held last week in Jos, was the first since the committee was constituted last month by the Nigerian Film Corporation as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen her efforts towards the growth of the Nigerian Film Industry.
At the inauguration of the committee, whose membership include veterans who have cut their teeth in the Nigerian film industry, Dr. Danjuma Dadu, Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Film Corporation, said it had become both imperative and expedient to have an Advisory body that will interface with policy and practicing bodies in the industry and foster the synergy needed to move Nollywood forward.
Dadu hinted that shortly after he assumed office at the Nigerian Film Corporation in May, 2013, he embarked on a consultation with practitioners and stakeholders across the film production hubs in Nigeria. A “fallout of that exercise reveals that there was a need to set up a body that will aggregate and articulate issues that the consultations threw up”, as well as advice the NFC on related industry issues, hence the Advisory Committee on film. The issues include funding, policy environment, industry support services, training and manpower development, marketing and distributions, film villages and destinations, the proposed Motion Picture Practitioners Council, amongst others.
He expressed his appreciation to members of the Committee for not only accepting the task but for their solidarity and commitment to serve their father land in a capacity that will turn around the fortunes of the second largest film industry in the world. Dadu assured the Committee of the support of the Nigerian Film Corporation in the conduct of their assignment. The Federal Government, he further said, was committed to ensuring a vibrant film industry through responsive policy and industry interventions.
Responding, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Brendan Shehu, who has served the film industry for 35 years, threw his weight behind idea to put in place an Advisory body for the industry that will help the government keep a brace with challenges and opportunities in the sector. Mr. Shehu said, the Nigerian Film industry is experiencing dynamic changes at all fronts and has positioned itself as a critical player in not just the entertainment industry, but in economy, culture and diplomatic successes of the nation. Mr. Brendan Shehu, was the pioneer Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation.
The 13 Members of the Advisory Committee on the Nigerian Film Industry are: Mr Brendan Shehu – Chairman, Chief Tunde Oyelede, Mr Mahmood Ali Bologun, Chief Pete Edochie (OON), Mr Victor Okhai, Chief Osita Okeke (Ossy Affason) Prince Chuwang R. Pam, Mr Yakubu Jang, Alhaji. Sani Muazu, Mrs Lantana Ahmed, Mrs Hanatu Dantong, Alhaji Ahmed Belli and Mr. Gideon Barde.