Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, state governor of Delta, Nigeria, has unveiled plans to build a “world-class” film village in Asaba, the state capital.
The move is being applauded by the Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMPN), which revealed that it would be a dream come true to have all its film production in one place.
During a recent visit to the government house in Asaba, AMPN president Ralph Nwadike said that Nigeria’s movie producers are delighted with the governor’s plans for Asaba, a place that can now be declared a home.
“We have been to the Asaba Film Village project and now we can boldly say we have a home and a base here in Asaba. I am commending you, Mr Governor, with every zeal and zest because we are indeed coming to the promised land. I say this with all seriousness because wherever we go all over the world as filmmakers, they ask us, ‘Where exactly is Nollywood?’” said Nwadike.
“Nollywood started from Zeb Ejiro’s office but there is no place that is Nollywood like they have with Bollywood and Hollywood in India and America. And so, going to the Asaba Film Village will be our own Canaanland. It’s a promised land, it’s not just a Nollywood city, it’s a place where we can call home and we are really proud of what Governor Okowa is doing there.”