By Taiye Olayemi, Lagos.
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has pledged support for the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) on the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival for Arts and Culture (FESTAC “77).
The Managing Director of NFC, Dr Chidia Madueke, in a statement, expressed the corporation’s willingness to partner with CBAAC for the successful organisation of FESTAC “77 45th anniversary, slated to hold in December.
Madueke spoke during his meeting with the Director-General of CBAAC, Chief Oluwabunmi Amao, on Monday in Abuja.
The commemorative festival, which will hold between Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 in Abuja, has “Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation, reliving the memories of FESTAC”77@45” as its theme.
Madueke said that the emerging collaboration between the two agencies, which he viewed as a giant developmental stride, was not only beneficial for Nigerians but the African continent at large.
He lauded Amao’s enthusiasm, gusto and efforts in turning things around positively for both organisations by initiating such a strategic collaboration with NFC.
He recalled that CBAAC and NFC had interfaced in times past, citing the 1975 movie titled Shehu Umar, produced by the NFC and showcased during FESTAC “77.
Madueke noted that the production of the film was as a result of collaboration with the German Government, which eventually gave birth to the Nigerian Film Institute.
He said that in view of this, NFC would give a similar support by producing a movie basically for the commemoration of FESTAC “77 @45.
He also promised that Durban movies would be part of the exhibitions to be displayed at the event in December.
Earlier, Amao informed Madueke of CBAAC’s activities on the forthcoming event, while signifying areas in which the NFC could partner with the Centre toward having a successful programme.
According to her, CBAAC has continued to play crucial role in making Nigeria the arrowhead in the presentation, preservation, promotion and propagation of African cultural heritage.
Amao said that in the fulfilment of such a huge mandate, it had become imperative for the centre to collaborate with sister parastatal agencies of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture with almost similar roles of uplifting the African culture.
She noted that this would not only strengthen the ties between them, but would also aid their successes as a team.
Besides, Amao solicited NFC’s partnership in staging a film exhibition at the event, production of video jingles for the programme, support with multi-media services and event coverage.
She also invited Madueke to be one of the speakers at the colloquium to commemorate FESTAC”77@45.
She said that CBAAC would allot an exhibition booth to NFC, to aid the propagation of its expertise and public relations at the event.