Welcome to Zuma International Film Festival 2014
Dadu welcomes Delegates to ZFF 2014, say the Nigerian film industry must take the lead in future development of NigeriaThe second largest film producing nation in the world, Nollywood must reposition itself to take the lead in the socio-economic development of Nigeria as the country jostle to be among the twenty leading nations in the world in 2020.
This was the unanimous call on all practitioners of the Nigerian motion picture industry at the opening ceremony and red carpets event of Zuma International Film Festival, 2014, which held at the Silverbird Galleria, Abuja.
In his remarks of welcome, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation and the Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee, Dr. Danjuma Wurim Dadu, said the Zuma International Film Festival is just one platform to help draw global attention to the Nigerian film industry as an important player in the transformation to greatness of the country.
Drawing attention to the theme of the 2014 Festival: “Nationalism and Patriotism”, the Chief Executive of the Corporation reminded dignitaries and delegates that film has always played a leading role in uniting Nigeria since the early days of her existence, and still remains a veritable purveyor of the rich cultural heritage of the people of Nigeria to the rest of the world.
Dr. Dadu called on the world to celebrate Nigeria's one hundred years of existence as a political entity but especially the role the film industry in Nigeria is playing in building bridges across the diverse cultures in Nigeria.
He said Nigeria is on a threshold to greatness and the film industry is on the vanguard of providing the platform for not only expressing such but sustaining the processes that leads to a formidable united Nigeria.
He was full of commendation to all and sundry who have contributed in no mean way to the growth and sustainance of the film industry in Nigeria that has become the pride of the nation.
On the challenges that constrains growth and development in the industry, Dr. Dadu said the Federal Government through the Nigerian Film Corporation is working round the clock to evolve a holistic and functional framework of policies that will help arrest the problems and provide the friendly environment for film production to thrive.
He challenged all to pick up the gauntlet and be part of the history unfolding as the movie industry in Nigeria transits to another level of greatness.
Motion picture practitioners, actors and actresses; policy makers, members of diplomatic corps, film critics and students as well as film enthusiasts were at the grand opening ceremony.