Stakeholder urges FG to build Nollywood City in 2017

Lagos – Mr Ini Akpabio, the Group Managing
Director, NANET Hotels and Suite, has advised
the Federal Government to build a Nollywood
City to boost entertainment industry in 2017.
Akpabio said in Lagos on Sunday that the
gesture would reposition the Nollywood image
of the country.He decried a situation where Nigeria could not
boast of one Nollywood village or city, where
practitioners could assemble or meet to exhibit
and showcase their talents to the world.
“The National Theatre is a no go area for
Nollywood practitioners as the money to
access the facility is on the high side.
“It is unfair for a nation like Nigeria not to have
a Nollywood city in spite of the great talented
practitioners/experts we are blessed with in this
country.
“Nigerian movies are widely recognised all over
the world; therefore, government should provide
the basic needs to boost the industry, “he said.
According to him, it does not mean that the
government will be the one to do everything;
the government can go into partnership with
other private investors.
Akpabio said that some Nigerian movies had
won international awards and recognitions,
government needed to encourage them to do
more.
He explained that the only way government
could encourage the actors was to provide
incentives, create enabling environment and
provide necessary infrastructure.
Akpabio said that the Nollywood city would
accommodate entertainers, actors and
actresses, performers, comedians and creativity
in general.
“It will serve as an avenue for them to exhibit
and showcase their talents.
“It will also be a platform where their foreign
counterparts will meet them to chat the course
on the latest trend in entertainment industry,
“he said.
He expressed confidence that the industry
would boost government revenues and create
employment opportunity to millions of Nigeria. Akpabio said that countries like U.S, Indian,and other countries that have Bollywood and Hollywood cities were thriving in their entertainment sector.
He said that Dubai just recently build their
Bollywood city which in no time would be
thriving in terms of entertainment.
“If Nigeria can follow the same way, it will help to reposition and boost the nation’s
entertainment industry and compete favourably with their foreign counterparts, ” Akpabio said.
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