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Nollywood & Mr. President! Goodluck Jonathan Pledges N3 Billion Grant to the Nigerian Movie Industry at Presidential Dinner to Celebrate Nollywood at 20

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On Saturday 2nd March at the State House in Marina, Lagos, President Goodluck Jonathan hosted some Nollywood stars at a dinner to celebrate Nollywood at 20.

The dinner was organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Nigerian movie to be released on home-video; ‘Living in Bondage‘, which was released in September 1992.

The event had in attendance several actors and stakeholders in the Nigerian movie industry such as Genevieve Nnaji, Chidi Mokeme, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Segun Arinze, Stephanie Linus, Patience Ozokwor, Zack Orji, Madam Kofo, Desmond Elliot, Chiwetalu Agu, Cynthia Amadi, Amaka Igwe, Dickson Iroegbu, Zeb and Chico Ejiro, Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Andy Chukwu and several others. The First Lady Patience Jonathan and other dignitaries were also present.

While delivering his speech at the dinner, President Jonathan said he was proud of Nollywood. According to Reubenabati.com.ng, he said “Whenever I travel abroad, many of my colleagues, Presidents of other countries, ask me about Nollywood. Nollywood is our shining light. Africans are very proud of Nollywood. That is why we are here today to celebrate the success story of this national, continental and global brand.”

He also declared the creation of N3billion grant geared to support the nation’s movie industry.  He launched a programme known as “Project Nollywood,” to support the key components of the industry’s value chain through a dedicated grant, totalling N3 billion. “It will include grants for the best film scripts; a capacity development fund, and funds for supporting the industry’s infrastructure. The scheme which will be launched in the first week of April, will be managed by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism,” he was quoted as saying.

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Photo Credit: Reuben Abati

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

21 Comments

  1. Nollywood REinvented

    March 4, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Seeing is believing!

  2. Y

    March 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I think the Nigerian movie industry is doing just fine and will continue to do fine without his $3 billion dollar grant. The national defense fund on the other hand, can use some attention and grants considering Nigerians are being terrorized in their own country by Boko Haram. I am just sick of the clowning around that we call presidential leadership.

  3. e-bukun

    March 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    I’m really happy for Nollywood, but I can’t help rolling my eyes at “our” president and first lady.

  4. Teris

    March 4, 2013 at 6:59 am

    oga seems to like entertainment tings. BigBro, Futebol, Nolly-tings.
    power biko.
    boko-H ish’s.
    verdict on Ribadu petroleum investigations.
    is real “wa o”.

  5. Kaffy

    March 4, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Chaiii….what type of Mumu leaders are this o. My goodness….how about you fix those bad roads in Nigeria or better still put that money toward education.

  6. morenike

    March 4, 2013 at 7:34 am

    thank you Goodluck! That is just what our country needs to do…to give N3 Billion free money to Nollywood, yeah not to Health/ orphans/ education/ security … not the 3.1 million people living with HIV in Nigeria or the inumeralble orphans of the disease or the less than 30% of pregnant women have access to preventing mother to child transmission services. Or the 45% of all our women who experience physical or sexual violence and do not seek help from any source or tell anyone about the violence…. SERIOUSLY!!!!! not even a loan, a grant? why do I even read these things… gets me so worked up…. this industry makes enough money to support itself, this is bull.

  7. Ema

    March 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

    thats nice hope the money is spent well

  8. molly

    March 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

    mtcheww! jobless lot. i can employ you…first lets tackle the security issues and then move to power issues and then creating roads and then job creation and so on…..

  9. the canadian

    March 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

    still trying to rap my head around why Dr.Patience is pissed off in the first photo… looks like someone peed in her drink :p

    • Teris

      March 4, 2013 at 10:11 am

      nah. clinking glasses is serious bizness, dint-chu-know? imagine if there’s a spill…horrors!
      salut!

  10. cathy

    March 4, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Honestly Goodluck Jonathan, u re not doing anything good in this country, u happen to be Badluck to this country, eversince u step into the seat thousand of people has bn killed coz of u, still u don’t hv human heart for consider those who are the critically condition seeking for just little money to survive, rather u went on lavishing money for those are comfortable. A BIG SHAMEFUL THING

  11. just me

    March 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    cant believe i really read, this am an idiot#

  12. Blogger

    March 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Jonathan = Bubu the clown. What a joke!!!!I truly give up on Naija.

  13. Iris

    March 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I don’t think it’s a completely bad idea, strangely enough…as long as the money is used well and this does not happen again. The influence of Nigerian celebrities is growing in Africa and I’m hoping they will act as good ambassadors and advocates for change and social justice in the country. If this money is used like it should be perhaps eventually Nollywood will improve in quality with the sole support of the private sector instead of public funding. Then again…it may just be that it may end up being a bribe to support PDP in 2015. I pray that’s not the case.

  14. Deedee

    March 4, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Its unfortunate really, Goodluck are u serious????????

  15. IMPOSSIBRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    hahahahahaha oh noo AONBILIVIT!! i think paw paw or aki is related to patience, hence her constant support .. seriously though ADONBILIVIT.

  16. taiwo

    March 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    May God punish these people ijn!

  17. Ginger

    March 5, 2013 at 6:07 am

    3 billion naira can easily revolutionize that disgraceful poophole called Muritala Muhammed Airport. Shame no dey catch our leaders when the fly into that airport on their back from squandering our wealth in foreign land?

  18. Kingsley

    March 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    If nobody talks abt u than u are nobody. U that use bad words on goodluck wat hav u done 4 ur country NigerIa, it is people like u that will drink pure water and drop it on d floor,goodluck is not God is just a man like u and i, so pls let goodluck be, when u become hard of state do ur own. All we need 2 do is pray 4 our country Nigeria. I believe God will hear our prayers. Nollywood well done.

  19. gold

    April 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Mr presido….as confused and clueless as ever.ur xcesses is realy overwhelmin.wat stops u frm chanellin dis loot 2 d most dreaded issue of insecurity ravaging d ur country.dis crap!(insults nt intended).

  20. ajah

    June 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    don’t think it’s a completely bad idea, strangely enough…as long as the money is used well and this does not happen again. The influence of Nigerian celebrities is growing in Africa and I’m hoping they will act as good ambassadors and advocates for change and social justice in the country. If this money is used like it should be perhaps eventually Nollywood will improve in quality with the sole support of the private sector instead of public funding. Then again…it may just be that it may end up being a bribe to support PDP in 2015. I pray that’s not the case.

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