(R-L) Dr. Linus Okorie; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; AGN Nat. President, Emeka Rollas; Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu & Kenneth Okonkwo. Photo: Speaker’s Media Unit
Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has emphasised the need for positive projection of Nigeria’s culture and image to the outside world by players in the nation’s entertainment industry.
Mr. Gbajabiamila made the call at the opening of a two-day Leadership Master Training for Nollywood Celebrities and Stakeholders under the platform of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in Abuja.
According to the speaker, players in the nation’s entertainment industry, popularly known as Nollywood, have a critical role to play in not only shaping the society for the better but also influencing how the nation is viewed by the outside world through the content of their trade.
He stressed the need for the combined efforts of patriots working together to make real the vision of a prosperous and peaceful country.
“Beyond the questions of economics and profit, there is the issue of the critical role of Nollywood in influencing culture, defining national character, and promoting national identity.
“You also have a responsibility to tell the best stories of our beloved country. I do not propose to turn you into cheerleaders for a Nigeria that does not exist. But the stories of men and women thriving through adversity and innovating for prosperity needs to be told, and it falls to you to tell those stories”, he said.
Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, observed that the country’s movie industry, more than any other social platform, remains critical in moulding the character of members of the society, especially the youths, as well as the outside world seeing the nation from the plots, settings and narratives of the movies.
He said it is incumbent on the guild to be deliberately nationalistic in what they produce to the world.
The two-day event saw the convergence of Nollywood actors across the country in Abuja for the training.