The Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), today graduated the pioneer set of Filmmakers from its Film Academy.
The event which held at the Academy’s Auditorium, ABS premises, Awka, had the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, ABS Board Members, Ndi Igwe, State Executive Council Members and Anambra youths in attendance.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Obiano said that the state had injected about N3b into the ABS Radio/Tv. This feat made ABS the first state owned Broadcasting Agency to attain digital status in Nigeria. “We have set aside N50m for any script that passed through proper scrutiny for film production. Anambra is the birth place of Nollywood, and we must encourage it”, Gov. Obiano said.
He recalled that over 10000 youths had been trained in various skills in the state and empowered with seed money to enable them practice their trade.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the ABS Managing Director and Rector of the Academy, Nze Uche Nworah appreciated the governor for his efforts in repositioning the Agency. He said, “currently, the Station could be viewed on Terrestrial, Startimes and Metrodigital respectively”. The Academy took off offers a three month intensive training on filmmaking, directing, Photography, Cenamatography, Costume making , among others, took off with 35 students, with 27 graduating on schedule.
Nwora further said that the first movie produced by the Academy “Move On” has been ranked seventh in the world. He disclosed that the Academy was currently in talks with the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, and Federal Polytechnic, Oko, on increasing the number of courses offered in the Academy while the Fort Foundation has promised to sponsor the best graduating student of the Academy to USA.
In his remarks, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Chief C-Don Adinuba thanked Gov. Obiano for his all round giant strides in the state saying that Anambra is truly the LIGHT OF THE NATION. “What is happening in Anambra is akin to what obtains in California, USA,” Adinuba said if California were to be a country, it would be the world’s sixth largest economy, with her success anchored on creatively developing solutions to the world’s surging problems and needs. “Anambra is doing same now. Anambra has the best of actors and actresses in Africa and we must develop these potentials to the fullest.” He used the occasion to inform ndi Anambra that by October, 2018, ABS will be launching her DSTv channel.
In his thank you remarks, the Veteran Nollywood Legend, Chief Pete Edochie who retired as the ABS ‘Managing Director some two decades back, appreciated Gov. Obiano calling him “Aesthetically Original governor” of Anambra state.
He said with Governor Obiano, all sectors of the economy are working. “As a retiree, i received my gratuity and pensions are regularly paid”, said Pete Edochie.
Highlights of the ocassion included the airing of the Academy’s first Movie “Move On”, stage display of APGA bu nke Anyi song by BFI and presentation of certificates to the graduands.