By Ifeanyi Ndukwe
Popular Nollywood actor and director, Yul Edochie has disclosed that efforts are in top gear by the Anambra state government to make the state ideal location for movie production and entertainment industry.
Edochie, special adviser to the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano on Creative Media, made the disclosure when he addressed youths undergoing practical training on movie script writing, acting, directing etc. at the ABS film academy in Awka last week.
According to him, “the entertainment sector, especially movie industry offers great opportunity for many talented youths in the South East, that is why the state government was committed to transforming it.”
“I applaud the governor for his maximum support on entertainment and I believe that Anambra, especially Awka the state capital, will soon become an entertainment hub to the envy of other states in the nation,” Edochie said, stressing that his efforts are already yielding dividends.
“I have been able to use my position to encourage major producers and directors in Nollywood to shoot their films in Anambra, especially in Awka. Currently, there are productions going on in the state because the producers were encouraged by me to do so because we have the grounds for such. In so doing, the state will gradually come up to the standards of neighbouring eastern states like Enugu, Asaba, etc. This will afford the upcoming actors the opportunity to be trained and mentored and inspired by the stars in the field, he added.
On the purpose of his visit to the ABS film academy, Edochie said: “I came to inspire the students about the job of acting and encourage them to be passionate about it. And I want to encourage Nigerian youths to venture into creative arts especially acting and directing which is what I do.”
He explained that the three months practical training programe sponsored by the Anambra state government in collaboration with Senator Stella Oduah Support Movement, is geared towards nurturing, developing and mentoring aspiring personalities in the media industry.
He pointed out that his reasons for joining politics is to better the lives of the members of the society, especially the youths.
“Politics is not a do or die game per se. It is a game of collective responsibility, the electorates giving power to leaders who they deemed fit. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. I am here for the good of the people and I would not relent in my duties to attract investors and production houses to Anambra state thereby boosting the entertainment sector in the state.”