Support the entertainment industry, says ex-Prime Minister Daniel to FG

A former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel has asked the federal government to take over and provide adequate funding for the film village established by Nigerian theater doyen, the late Chief Hubert Ogunde, in Ososa, the state’s Odogbolu Local Government Area.

Daniel, the All Progressives Congress nominee for senatorship for Ogun East, stated that part of his agenda for the National Assembly is to get the federal government interested in and supporting the development of the film village in Ososa.

He said so on Friday during an empowerment program held as part of his community-to-community tour of the Odogbolu state local government area.

The former governor said it was important for the government to reposition the film and entertainment industries in the country for optimal revenue and maximum benefit.

Daniel recalled how the late Ogunde, who was from Ososa in the Odogbolu Local Government Area, played an important pioneering role and revolutionized the practice of theatrical arts in Nigeria, adding that what is now known as Nollywood harks back to his legendary heroic deeds could be attributed.

According to him, with sufficient support from the federal government, the film and entertainment industry will help create more jobs and thereby fuel the country’s economic growth and development.

He said the state remains Nigeria’s largest exporter of entertainers and said it continues to be the center of global entertainment.

He said, “Ogun State continues to be the center of global entertainment. The new sound from the other side, celebrated worldwide, comes from us. We’re happy to share these talents with the rest of the world, but they’re ours. From here comes the talk of Olamide, D’banj, Kizz Daniel, Laycon, Fireboy DML, Asa, Wande Coal and Reminisce, among others.

“As we led the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with the likes of Ebenezer Obey, Fela, Haruna Ishola, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, Sir Shina Peters, Adewale Ayuba, Salawa Abeni, Batile Alake, Tope Alabi, so we are leading the new age on. But not only in music; Nollywood today is championed by the likes of Tunde Kelani, Yemi Shodimu and numerous people from this state.

“Therefore, the state of Ogun should be given special consideration in the development of the entertainment industry. The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) should take over the film village in Ososa for proper funding.”

The senator candidate vowed to support legislation and policies that would make the entertainment industry more dynamic and productive to fulfill its potential.

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