The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Thami Mseleku, has called for stronger collaboration between Nigeria and his country for effective implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA agreement to accelerate development in the continent.
He made the call in Abuja at the grand finale of a stage play titled “Philomena’’ produced by Nollywood star Monalisa Chinda, string Bimbo Mannuel, Zack Ineydo and Rekiya Ibrahim-Atta to advocate the course of girl child in Africa.
The envoy said Nigeria and South Africa, the two leading African economies, had deeper collaboration but the relations could be made stronger through the implementation of AfCFTA.
He commended the Nollywood stars for passing a message in their play, to the entire world about the girl child, adding that the film industry was also a tool to enhance diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The Executive Producer of the play, Monalisa Chinda said the focus was an advocacy tool for the girl child, stressing that there was the need for the girl child to be supported at all time to her achieve her dreams.
The Nollywood actress also stressed the need to inculcate discipline especially in workspaces while dealing with other human beings as depicted in the play, Philomena.
Reporting by Hamza Alkali, editing by Daniel Adejo