ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF BUHARI, THE NIGERIAN MOVIE INDUSTRY WILL VANISH – Zeb Ejiro
ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF BUHARI’S ADMINISTRATION, THE NIGERIAN MOVIE INDUSTRY WILL VANISH – Zeb Ejiro
Veteran Nigerian Nollywood movie Producer, Zeb Ejiro has cried out for the need to Vote out Buhari’s administration in a Press Conference held recently by The Creative Industry Group(CIG) in support of Atiku Abubakar Presidential bid and Jimi Agbaje Gubernatorial bid respectively.
The group which is a coalition of the entire Creative sector, comprising of Recording Artists, Record Labels, Actors, Comedians, Film Producers, Fashion Designer etc, under one banner to speak with one voice on behalf of the entire creative industry.
According to Mr. Zeb Ejiro, the current administration do not have any plan or blueprint for the Creative Industry.
He bemoaned… “Nigeria used to be the second biggest movie producing Nation in the world by UNESCO some years back. In the last dispensation, The movie industry contributed 2.7% of GDP”. The movie industry used to be the third biggest employer of Labour in Nigeria but we cannot say the same today. The industry is totally in a state of comatose, Nothing is happening in the movie industry”.
He explained that the movie industry is a lot more bigger than how people see it, it encompasses a whole lot of fields which also involves the video clubs which employs an average of three persons.
He therefore call on all practitioners in the creative industry to come out en masse and Vote Atiku Abubakar for President and Jimi Agbaje for Lagos State… he opined, “I want to direct a personal call to practitioners in this industry, no matter where you belong, Script writer, Director, Actors, Producers, Cameraman, Continuity, Props, Production Manager etc., even those who produce jacket and posters, and also those who produce CDs.”
He stated that if the content producers die, all these other chains will all go off immediately.
” So no matter where you are… 16th is a date to decide your future, 16th is that date you need to decide to put food back on your table, 16th is that date you need to decide to start going back to location and doing what you love to do so much. It is not just about you, you need to convince at least 50 people. This is a lifetime thing. The industry is not standing anymore. Another four years of the present dispensation, this industry will vanish. We won’t see it anymore.” He concluded.
The conference which had in attendance notable people in the Creative industry such as Felix Duke who is the Chairman of the group, Mr Emeka Ossai, Asa Gangali, Righteousman, Irene Obazee, Princess Cynthia, Chico Ejiro, Zeb Ejiro among others was held at The White House, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos.