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Amb. Dr. Queen Blessing Ebigieson, sworn in as new president of AMP

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Joel Ajayi

Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers, (AMP), has recently sworn in her immediate past Vice President, Amb. Dr Queen Blessing Ebigieson, as the substantive president of the association. This is following the demise of Ms Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR, earlier in the year and in respect of the associations constitutional provision which states that the vice president shall complete the tenure of the president in the event of the president’s permanent relocation from Lagos, impeachment or death.

In a statement Signed on Sunday in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of Association Nzeh Frankwhite revealed that  official swearing in of the new president was  held on 17th of March 2023 at the association’s national secretariat in Surulere, Lagos. 

The swearing in/oat taking was administered by Barrister Nobert Ajaegbu under the supervision of the association’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro and witnessed by some prominent stakeholders of the association. 

The short ceremony was also transmitted live on zoom for the virtual participation benefit of numerous members across the globe

In her acceptance speech, the new president promised to do her best not to let down the memory of late madam Peace Anyiam-Osigwe MFR and her numerous colleagues who have reposed this confidence in her, the new president, however called for the total cooperation of all, since she can do nothing without their support.

 She thanked all her colleagues from far and near and promise to ensure the association and its members will witness a season of greater glory under her watch

Other stakeholders that were present at the event were; 

Francis Onwochei, Keppy Ekpeyong, Hope Opara, Lilian Ama-Aluko, Joe Dudun, Baba Agba, Tony Chukwuma, Franca Brown, Emmanuel Ogugua, Emeka Ossai, Uncle Dele Osawe, Moji Oyetayo, Favour Benson etc. 

The new president has since resumed in her new role as the leader of the association in Nigeria. Congratulation!

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Nollywood Travel Film Festival set to take Italy by storm

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Founder Nollywood Travel Film Festival, Mykel Parish Ajaere said the vibrant and ever-evolving world of Nollywood is set to enchant audiences across Italy as the Nollywood Travel Film Festival gears up to sweep through Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino.

The festival, dedicated to showcasing the best Nigerian cinema, will celebrate the rich storytelling and cultural heritage of Nollywood, Africa’s largest film industry. The festival has partnered with the Festival Del Cinema Africano, d’ Asia e America Latina (Fescaaal), Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), and the African Diaspora Cinema Festival (ADCF) to host programs in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino.

Parish Ajaere made this known in a statement released to journalists in Abuja, recently.

He explained that the festival has a lineup of diverse and compelling films that capture the essence of Nigerian culture, adding that the festival will be an unforgettable cinematic experience. From gripping dramas to hilarious comedies, the festival will offer a window into the vibrant world of Nollywood and its unique storytelling traditions.

Ajaere said that audiences in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino should look forward to a curated selection of 20 films that highlight the creativity and talent of Nigerian filmmakers. Through these captivating stories, viewers will be transported to the heart of Nigeria, experiencing its beauty, complexity, and diversity.

” The Nollywood Travel Film Festival aims to foster cultural exchange and dialogue between Nigeria and Italy, bridging the gap between the two countries through the universal language of cinema. By bringing Nollywood films to Italian audiences, the festival hopes to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Nigerian culture, traditions, and perspectives.

In addition to film screenings, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival will feature panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, networking opportunities for industry professionals and film enthusiasts alike, tours across Italy, and film studios.

“We are thrilled to bring the magic of Nollywood to audiences in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino,” said the festival organizers. “Nollywood is more than just a film industry; it is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Through this festival, we hope to celebrate the diversity, creativity, and resilience of Nigerian cinema and its impact on the global film landscape.”

He said the festival will kick off in Milan on 31 May 2024 before heading to Torino, Rome, and Florence in the following weeks till 29 June 2024. Audience members can expect a dynamic and immersive cinematic experience that will transport them to the heart of Nigeria. Whether you are a seasoned cinephile or a casual moviegoer, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival offers something for everyone, from powerful performances to captivating storytelling that transcends borders and languages.

“For filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals, the Nollywood Travel Film Festival is a platform to showcase their work, connect with like-minded creatives, and build bridges across continents. It is a celebration of diversity, creativity, and the transformative power of cinema to spark conversations and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Join us as we celebrate the magic of Nollywood and the art of storytelling at the Nollywood Travel Film Festival in Milan, Florence, Rome, and Torino. Be prepared to be moved, entertained, and inspired by the best of Nigerian cinema as we come together to celebrate the universal language of film.

For more information, including screening schedules, venue details, and ticketing information, please visit our official website at www.nollywoodtravelfestival.com. Follow us on social media for the latest updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes content. For press inquiries, partnership opportunities, or any additional information, please get in touch with nfo@nollywoodtravelfestival.org.”

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