Cross River to host award to promote movie production


liyel-imokeCross River State is sets to recognize and felicitate the contributions made by movie makers to the growth of movie productions in the state.

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Executive Director of the Cross River Movie Awards, Eric Anderson, said recognitions were for those from the state and who have worked in the state in the areas of acting, producing and directing.

Anderson said the awards will include two life time achievement awards, five special achievement awards, eight posthumous awards, 20 production/performance award and 40 merit awards

“Cross River State Movie awards is actually for movies produced in choice locations in Cross River. We intend to restrict it to that because we need to increase more production to Cross River State. So by God’s grace, if we succeed, we would have directors and producers doing their movies here.

“The industry in Cross River is over 15 years old. Whatever you do, apart from the positive rub-off of the Cross River State image, one thing we are trying to do is to promote talent, and empower talent. We are developing people and creating a sense belonging and the state would see an increase in traffic, economic wise and so on.”

Sylva Bogbo, the event consultant said, “Not just promoting people but also promoting culture. We are opening the ground. And Cross River is the hub of tourism in Nigeria. We are in entertainment tourism, we are trying to make Calabar the Hollywood of tourism in Nigeria. It is going to be something special. This is the first state to do it. We are recognizing our people and those who have come here to work.

“The award basically is designed to see how we can award practitioners, felicitate with them. Over the years we have had people who have worked in this field of endeavour that is movie acting, producing and directing.”

He said the event which is slated for September 28, will have A-listers in the entertainment industry as well as top government officials from Cross River State in attendance.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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