The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed shock over the death of veteran film producer, Chico Ejiro.
The minister, in a statement on Saturday in Lagos, said that the death of the film producer was a huge blow to the nation’s creative industry, in general, and to Nollywood, in particular.
He expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and, indeed, to the entire creative industry.
Mohammed described the late Ejiro as a prolific movie director and a shining star of Nollywood, which had, through its movies, stamped Nigeria’s creative presence all over the world.
He urged Ejiro’s family and friends to take solace in the fact that his legacy would live on.
According to him, his legacy will live on through the excellent works of the actors and actresses he helped to nurture over the years, and indeed, in the progressive success of Nollywood.
“Thanks to the pacesetting work of Mr Ejiro and his contemporaries.
“Nollywood is today one of the biggest movie industries in the world, which is providing employment for many Nigerians and creating wealth for the nation.
“May God grant repose to the soul of the departed and comfort his family and friends,” he said.
Chico Ejiro died in the early hours of Friday, the Christmas Day.