– The honourable minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed has revealed the FG’s plan to grow Nollywood – He made this known while speaking at Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) – Alhaji Mohammed also spoke about how this government plans to build world class studios across the country While speaking at the opening night of the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), which held on Sunday, October 29, 2017, minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed detailed the federal government’s plan to grow Nigeria’s film industry (Nollywood). He spoke about his pride that Africa’s movie industry has taken a cue from Nollywood. He also spoke about how this government is engaging stakeholders in the industry. “Let me make a candid confession, I always feel especially proud whenever I’m in the midst of movie makers because the movie industry, as we have it in Africa today, was inspired by Nigeria’s own Nollywood. The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of Nollywood and is constantly engaging the stakeholders towards growing the industry.”
Some of the ways the FG is planning on growing the industry includes: “We are pushing for a single-digit interest on loans for infrastructural developments for the Industry. We are supporting the building of 100 community cinemas to be evenly spread across the country. We are close to having world-class pre- and post-production facility using the current NTA infrastructure with a few additions. We want to ensure that in the focus on studio facilities, we ensure that one is located in every geo-political zone of the country.
And on the back of the DIGITAL SWITCH-OVER of our television, we are ensuring that the set top boxes are enabled to allow our 24 million TV households to buy our movies with and without the need of data. This way, the home goes digital,” the minister revealed. He also had a word of praise for the organizers of AFRIFF. “For the past seven years, AFRIFF has continually created a rendezvous for film-makers from Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world, not only to exhibit excellent movies but to engage in creative conversations to improve the profession and set a new agenda for the motion picture bloc.”