Dickson Iroegbu dreams big for Nollywood


RECENTLY appointed Executive Assistant, Creative Entertainment and Tourism, under the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth and Students Affairs, film director Dickson Iroegbu says that he has commenced the process of integrating Nollywood into the transformation agenda of the federal government. In doing this, he has rolled out a programme of action for the industry.

Iroegbu said that he has put plans in motion to launch a programme called Nollywood after 20 Years.

According to the filmmaker, the programme, which commences immediately after the celebration of Nollywood at 20, will involve all stakeholders irrespective of tribe or the division that has engulfed the industry in recent times. He, however, lamented the protracted crisis that has undermined the growth of the industry, stating that “it has not allowed the industry receive the accolade it deserves despite the patronage it’s getting across the globe.”

For him, the industry is bigger than the kind of patronage it’s getting currently from the corporate entities. “This is a programme that will drive the growing interest of government in the creative industry. Nollywood after 20 is a project my office is kick starting immediately after the celebration,” he added.

Speaking further, Iroegbu said that since assuming office, he has written to all the Guild heads introducing his new office to them. He has also expressed his willingness to work with everybody in the industry. “I am part of all the camps in Nollywood, but as it stands today, it has gone beyond cliques. That’s why I’m trying to reach out to everybody through Nollywood after 20.”

Iroegbu said the programme is designed to give the industry a needful platform to key into the federal government’s transformation agenda.

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