Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated the Committee on Film Production Empowerment to fund youth creativity and entertainment activities in the State.

Speaking during the event held at State House, Marina, the governor said the initiative would address the disruption caused by the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that impacted negatively on entertainment and tourism in the State.

Veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo is the chairman of the nine-member committee, comprising ace cinematographer, Tunde Kelani, a film and television producer, Ms. Mo Abudu, movie director, Mr. Kunle Afolayan, and Mrs. Peace Anyim-Osigwe

The government officials in the committee are Adebukola Agbaminoja, Ferdinand Tinubu, Taju Olajumoke and Mrs Funke Avoseh (Secretary).

According to Sanwo-Olu, the scheme is to support creative ideas of movie and entertainment producers who are constrained by funds to bring their concepts into reality. Applicants are to be supported with funding based on the financial plans of their projects. The grant may be as much as N40 million for each beneficiary.

Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, said the committee would set the conditions for accessing this fund, determine eligibility of applicants and decide on the amount that could be given to an individual applicant or group at a particular time.

She stated: “This intervention will make Lagos State to continue to retain its position as the hub of filmmaking in Nigeria and as a city for the creative minds.”

Mofe-Damijo described the committee’s appointment as “a big honour”, describing members as passionate practitioners in the entertainment industry.

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