The Nigeria Film Corporation (NFI) is to posthumously honour veteran actors and some living legends of the Nigeria Film Industry for their contribution to the growth of the sector. This will take place during the eight edition of the Zuma Film Festival scheduled to take place in Abuja between December 1st and 3rd, 2017.
Managing Director of the Nigeria Film Corporation, Dr. Chidi Maduekwe who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja said those to be honoured posthumously are James Iroha (Gregory Akagbogu) of the New Masqurade fame, Oba Funsho Adeolu (Eleyimi) of the Village Headmaster fame, Sam Loco Efe, Kassimu Yero, Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love), Adamu Halilu and Hajia Amina Garba( Mama Dumba).
Living legends of the film industry to be honoured during the three day festival which will feature exhibition, beauty pageant and lecture include Sadiq Daba (Bitrus) of the Cock Crow At Dawn fame, Ola Balogun. Lamoji Ugorgi, Abdulkareem Mohammed, Brenda Shehu, Edward Fom and Femi Shaka.
Dr. Maduekwe said those to be honoured will be inducted into the newly introduced Rock of Fame located at the Nigeria Film Parliament in Jos at an elaborate ceremony in the first half 2018, adding that the award of recognition will now be an annual event to recognize the contribution of Actors and Actresses to the development of the country.
He said the NFI recognizes the different activities, sacrifices and roles of several resilient Nigerians who have contributed to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry, adding that the Labour of love and commitment to Nigeria’s development t of the industry will continuously b recognized and rewarded through the Nigeria Film Society.
He said that the festival hitherto known as the Nigeria Film Festival was packaged to add value to the growth of Nigeria’s creative industry, pointing out that the economic value associated with hosting the festival, was enormous with the attendance expected to surpass that of the 7th edition.
He said further that the festival is expected to explore and expand the economic and audio visual potentials of Africa’s largest motion picture industry, while expanding the potentials of the festival as Nigeria’s foremost film festival and position it within the domestic, regional, continental and global audio visual market.
He said that the objective of the festival, has remained unchanged since it was first held in 1992, adding tHt each edition if the festival as witnessed a steady growth in terms of content, package and focus.