Adewole Adebayo, president of Nigeria’s King Adebayo Film & Theatre Arts Network Television (Kaftan TV), has been presented with the Personality of the Year award by the South West Advancement Group.
The award ceremony was held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos’s Victoria Island and was announced on the 24/7 English-language channel’s Instagram page.
Adebayo was recognised for his outstanding dedication, diligence and prudent resource management and his outstanding performance in the private sector.
Kaftan TV public relations officer Alani Silas, who received the award on behalf of the president, said the award would spur him to do more for the South West in particular, and Nigeria as a whole.
Other award recipients included Adedayo Thomas, executive director and CEO of the National Film & Video Censors Board, and Seye Kehinde, CEO of City People Magazine/TV.
Kaftan TV operates a media production and theatre arts training outfit and produces original programming including feature documentaries, TV series and drama skits. The company launched its Yoruba-language channel in Nigeria and internationally in September 2020.
The founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, has emerged as the seventh national president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP).
The announcement was made during the AMP’s seventh annual general meeting, held recently.
Adedayo Thomas, executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, told the AMP’s newly appointed executives: “It gives me great joy to congratulate you on behalf of the governing board, management and staff of the National Film and Video Censors Board on your very recent victory at the polls successfully conducted to elect new executives of the Association of Movie Producers by the AMP electoral committee in Asaba, Delta State.
“I am assured and convinced the new leadership with its rich composition of seasoned and accomplished industry practitioners who possess diverse experiences and tentacles will continue on that trajectory of visionary and transformative leadership, ingenuity, objectivity, consensus building, unity, transparency and accountability for sterling a superlative performance during their tenure.”
He also commended the association for a successful and peaceful election. He congratulated the previous president, Ralph Nwadike, for successfully leading the AMP for the last four years and veteran producer Zeb Ejiro for demonstrating incisive leadership and mentorship.
Promising to unite the association, Osigwe said: “To deepen the achievements of the association by opening other channels to enable members get value for their money, I will work towards ensuring that the irony of the country being the second largest producer of movies in the world but ranked poorest would be reversed.
“I assure you that piracy will be checked to protect intellectual property and to open an operational database for producers in order to create contacts for members. We also work for a review of the association’s constitution to form a working document, as we would explore opportunities in community cinemas, terrestrial television and the cable networks to ensure producers get value for their money.
“Also, distribution will not be a challenge as we shall explore the African market and if we can get only 1% of the market, it will be a great gain. We shall build the value chain by engaging and integrating almost 70% of movie producers in Nigeria.”
The executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board has described Nigerian films as among the best in the world.
Adedayo Thomas told staff at a two-day training course in Bauchi that most foreign investors have Nigerians on their production team and also visit the country in search of content for their movies.
“The industry is the most significant contributor to employment in the country with the number of cinemas increasing from 19 to 42 and the number of screens also rocketing from 20 to over 140 between 2017 and 2019, while more are still expected,” he said.
“There are emerging technologies being used by stakeholders to improve production and film content; hence, the urgent need to meet up with such trends.”
He urged everyone to apply the knowledge learned to boost productivity within the organisation and also warned against sales of unclassified and unlicensed movies.
The next Nigerian International Film Summit (NIFS) is set to take place at the Sierra ballroom in the Marina Del Rey Marriot hotel in Los Angeles on November 3-4.
The two-day event is themed Local Meets Global Demand and will comprise business discussions, panel sessions, networking receptions and numerous speakers who have expertise in various fields.
The main focus of this summit is to critically examine the problems associated with the film business in Nigeria and how it compares to the distribution of Hollywood movies in Nigeria, as well as the Nollywood appeal for international distribution across territories.
The event will also discuss the possibilities, challenges and opportunities surrounding the business of film in Nigeria for international distributors and film investors and how Nollywood is meeting international standards.
Speakers at the event will include Stephanie Linus, CEO of Next Page Productions; Emem Isong, CEO of the Royal Arts Academy; Ken Attoh, CEO of Sparrow Productions; Marie Longai, founder of Restless Global; and Francis Nebot, founder of iFind Distribution.
Also on the speaker list are Fela Oke, founder of Flu3nt; Kene Okwuosa, MD of Filmhouse Cinemas; Craig Shurn, CEO of Part Two Media; Richard Signieski, CEO of Blue Sky; Moses Babatope, MD of Filmone Distribution; and Adedayo Thomas, exec director at the Nigerian Films & Video Censors Board.
Topics to be discussed include Understanding Nigeria Film Business: Facts and figures; Coproducing and Financing with Nigeria; Production Values: How Far Can Nigerian Films Travel? Opportunities and Limitations; and Understanding Theatrical Distribution and Exhibition Opportunities with Nigeria.
“It’s another time to talk less and do more in using our success stories to position the Nigerian Film Industry at the global film business map, attract Investment into the ecosystem and explore every opportunity for increased revenue for Nigerian Independent producers,” said Ijeoma Onah, founder of NIFS.
“So it’s action time. Let’s move forward, let’s use our collective efforts to showcase the huge potentials of film business in Nigeria.”
NIFS is an industry body designed to enable business-driven conversations on the bourgeoning film industry in Nigeria. It is for all those involved already or interested in the business of film in Nigeria.