By Benjamin Njoku
All is set for the historic celebration of Nollywood at 20 which commences on Saturday, November 2, with a grand opening event tagged, “Nollywood Celebrity Glam Night” at the magnificent Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.
The world-class event will have in attendance the crème of Nigeria’s elite in governance, politics, business and industry, the diplomatic community, arts and culture as well as Nigerian and international motion-picture industry.
The event seeks to build on the game-changing contributions of key stakeholders to the meteoric rise of Nollywood, including President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State and other personalities that have made Nollywood the most sought-after export brand that it is today across Africa, the Caribbeans, Europe and parts of America.
According to the organisers, the 25-day celebration will climax on November 27, with the Nollywood at 20 grand awards night. Some other features of the celebrations include a charity novelty football match, special master class sessions for practitioners, coaching clinics for Nigerian youth and upcoming motion picture practitioners, special charity-support activities, an anniversary Jumat service as well as a thanks-giving service at the Rock Cathedral, Lekki, Lagos.
Organisers have promised to deliver a world-class event as they also celebrate great personalities and institutions that have brought the Nollywood industry this far. The programme also seeks to develop more effective partnership platforms for moving Nollywood to the next level.