Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf has expressed the readiness of the State Government to partner with Filmmakers in the diaspora to produce world-class movies that will showcase the State and project it positively before the international community.
The Commissioner made this disclosure recently while speaking during a Roundtable discussion with filmmakers at Oxford University, United Kingdom, stating that the State Government believes that the proposed partnership with household names in the film industry will also create more jobs for creative youths who are residents of the State.
Akinbile-Yussuf who informed that the Roundtable discussion with filmmakers in the United Kingdom was facilitated by the Africa Film Academy, the curators of Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, in collaboration with the James Currey Society, reiterated Governor Sanwo-Olu’s passion for a diversified economy through the creative industry.
“This is an epoch event, which is a partnership between the Africa Film Academy and Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the auspices of the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“This initiative and many more are some of the evidence of the State Government’s efforts in pursuing a diversified economy using film production as a vital tool,” Akinbile-Yussuf said.
She also that the idea behind the UK Roundtable Discussion is the need to further reposition the Creativity sector in line with the goals of the present Administration, to develop Tourism, Arts, and Culture to their optimal potential and showcase the State to the World.
Akinbile charged the Filmmakers to leverage the diverse culture and heritage in Lagos to promote the sustainable development of tourism as a viable sector of the economy in a manner that enhances, promotes, and preserves the richness, quality, and unique features of Lagos.
On her part, Anyiam-Osigwe said the event is in pursuit of a diversified economy, which the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture is striving to achieve since the inception of the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
“In 2021, Gov. Sanwo-Olu announced that Lagos State Government will host AMAA for the next three years. Also, recently, the state government gave funds to filmmakers to produce films and also engaged Africa film Academy to train over 600 filmmakers in Lagos, these are some of the efforts made so far by the State Government in the film industry”.
“In addition to these past efforts, this Roundtable discussion with filmmakers in Oxford is another venture. It is part of the deliberate plans by the government to use film as a tool for promoting indigenous languages, partnerships, and filmmaking in the city of excellence,” Anyiam-Osigwe explained.
She stated that the State Government is also considering a collaboration of bringing the filmmakers to Lagos to work on projects within the Lagos metropolis like the planned new Film City which is intended to be a major film hub for the practitioners.
The conversations continued with Dinner at Blooms Café in London Euston with over 50 young filmmakers in attendance from established filmmakers to young vibrant animators like Tayo who worked on ToyStory.
The event had in attendance great players in the film industry including Obi Emelonye, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE, Ogo Okpue, Stephan-Pierre Mitchell, and Eno Enefiok among others