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Nigeria, China partner on production of standard films in Africa

Consul General of Nigeria in Shanghai China Ambassador Chimezie Okeoma Ogu

Nigeria and China have concluded plans to improve the standard of films produced in Africa through capacity building and the provision of high-resolution technology equipment.

The Consul General of Nigeria in Shanghai China Ambassador Chimezie Okeoma Ogu made this assertion while delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the African Film Festival in Jiangsu. 

He explained that both countries have mapped out ways to strengthen the movie industries as a collaborative effort to promote the cultural exchanges between China and Africa.

Ambassador Ogu canvassed that the Chinese government should use Nigeria as a pilot scheme in it novel Belt Road Initiative project in Africa. 

According to the Consul General of Nigeria to Shanghai China, Nigeria has a ready infrastructure like film villages, seasoned and talented actors, and more importantly the market to benefit both sides in the new cooperation between China and Africa. 

Speaking on the industry’s contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Products, Ambassador Ogu stated that the New African Cinema has made the Nigerian film industry the third-largest film sector globally, surpassing that of the USA.

He applauded the two movies “Inale” and “Half of a Yellow Sun, for earning a nomination at the African Film Festival by portraying the great culture and heritage of the African people as well as depicting the struggles of Africa as a continent.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, editing by Daniel Adejo