Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has called on Africans from across the globe to work together to boost the creative industry, stressing that “there is power in oneness as a continent.”

Speaking at the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, held on Sunday night, at the Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, the Governor committed to hosting AMAA for the next three years in a bid to strengthen African unity through creativity, using Lagos as a rallying point.

He said that the creative sector has been very instrumental to the growth of the State and had contributed immensely to the entire Africa continent through impressive and captivating storylines portrayed on the screen.

“This is the time for us to come together. And with the creative world, you can see that when we work together, there is power in unity in Africa; there is power in oneness. That’s why the Lagos State government is committing to host AMAA for the next three years,” the Governor stated.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf during her Opening Remarks at the event, described the choice of Lagos as the venue for this year’s AMAA as a well-thought-out idea, considering the strategic place Lagos occupies in the entertainment industry, adding that Lagos has the record of most successful movie producers in Nigeria, adding that the business side of movie production thrives more in the city.

She said “Lagos, as you know is a city that never sleeps and this portends a great deal for the entertainment industry to leverage on the vibrancy of this city. Invariably, the huge population of Lagos coupled with the lifestyle of its inhabitants who are fun-loving people is a great advantage for you to creatively express yourself and make a fortune out of it.”

Akinbile-Yussuf, recalled that in recognition of the efforts of practitioners in the movie industry, the Ministry had earlier in the year through a collaboration with a private firm, honoured some producers, actresses, cinematographers and several others within the value chain of film and movie production during the Eko star film awards event under the Ministry’s ‘Lagos Culture Series’.

While saying that the State Government is ready to provide and promote platforms that will further enhance Lagos State’s competitive positioning as one of the top 5 tourist destinations in Africa, the Commissioner, urged practitioners in the film and movie industry to continue to make Lagos and Nigeria proud before the international community through creative storylines that will portray our true identity.

During the presentation of awards at the event, Nigeria’s “Ëyimofe”, directed by Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri won four awards, including Best Nigerian Film, Best Director, Best Achievement in Sound and Best first feature film.

Founded by Peace Anyiam- Osigwe, for the past 17 years, AMAA has consistently supported and celebrated African cinema. This year’s edition of the event was attended by movie stars, producers and directors across Africa, government officials, stakeholders and captains of industry, among other attendees.

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