BY OSOLOKA NNAMDI in Awka•
Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), has inaugurated its newly elected executive members in Anambra State to pilot the affairs of the body for the next two years.
The nine-man executive members include: Leo Ewuzie, State Chairman; Emmanuel Mbonu, Vice-Chairman; Ifeanyi Onyeyiri, Secretary; Peace Dozas, Treasurer; Ndubisi Collins Odowa, Director of Guild Services; Obinna Muoma, PRO; Abumchukwu Daniel, Financial Secretary; Osuoha Maduabuchi, Assistant Secretary and Ejike Obidimma, Chief Whip.
The new exco were elected recently to take over the Comrade Samson Obidimma led executive whose tenure ended early in December.
The inauguration, which took place in Awka, the capital city of the state, attracted Nollywood actors from within and outside the state.
Inaugurating the new exco, the National President of the AGN, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas, tasked them to work assiduously to take the Anambra chapter of the body to the next level; adding that if Anambra State chapter got it right, other chapters would get it right also.
According to him, “Eighty percent of human resources that make Nollywood what it is today are from Anambra State. Anambra State gave Nollywood the impetus that makes it the second best entertainment industry in the world.
“The new executive being inaugurated in Anambra today has a lot of work to do in order to sustain the tempo and further move it to a higher pedestal”.
In his acceptance speech, the Anambra AGN chairman, Evangelist Leo Ewuzie, thanked the body for handing over the mantle to him; promising not to betray the trust reposed in him.
He also said that he would discharge his duty with humility, run an all-inclusive administration, and lift the chapter higher than he met it.
In a short remark during the function, the Anambra State Commissioner, Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Stella Onuorah, urged the group to work closely with the state government under Governor Willie Obiano.
Represented by the Director of Tourism in the Ministry, Mr. Umeokana Emmanuel, the commissioner said that Obiano’s government is in damn need of human potentials that would assist to develop tourism and entertainment in the state; and tasked the group to work with the state government towards achieving the goal.
Also speaking during the event, a marketer/producer, Chief Okeke Cyprian Osita, said that without government support, Nollywood cannot develop in Nigeria beyond what it is today, and added that private individuals cannot afford to develop Nollywood to what obtains in the western world.
Highpoint of the event was issuing of certificates to the inaugurated executive members.