The nation’s movie industry popularly called Nollywood has been Nigeria’s greatest selling point across the world, President Goodluck Jonathan has declared.
Jonathan gave the description when a group of Nollywood practitioners led by Kanayo O. Kanayo paid him a condolence visit over the death of his brother, Chief Meni Jonathan who died last week at the National Hospital, Abuja.
“These are the people who market this country positively in African countries and even outside Africa and even in the Carribean, where they appreciate Nigeria because of Nollywood.”
“For now we don’t have any other group that is as important as Nollywood because you have been able to bring some reputation, some hope to this country. It shows clearly that if we want to do something we can do it very well. You have tried under very challenging circumstances and sometimes from what we were told, may be some numbers of hours you put into you work is more and even when the resources are limited, the struggle with piracy and others and so on. Under these kinds of challenges, you are still doing well and for you to come today, to express condolence I really thank you. You have lifted my spirit.
We have to thank you, you brought joy and happiness to us. Even when people will watch this they will say the President is also appreciated by the colour of this country because Nollywood is the colour of Nigeria now” he said.
While thanking the group for their visit, the President pledged to assist and encourage the industry improve on its performance, saying: “We will discuss this and see what we will do to encourage the Nollywood because you have been doing well. Not just in creating jobs, so many young men and women have been able create wealth for themselves through the industry rather than looking for white collar jobs” he said.
Leader of the group, Kanayo O. Kanayo said the visit was meant to reassure the President of the group’s commitment towards his administration, “whether in Otuoke or Abuja, in good times and challenging times, we stand with you because we know you are outstanding”.
He prayed God to grant the President and his family the strength and fortitude to bear the pain of Meni’s death, while expressing gladness that Nigeria was on the right path to development under the watch of Jonathan.
He promised that actors will contribute their quota by sustaining the “enviable image” the country enjoys courtesy of Nollywood.