President Goodluck Jonathan Awarded the Grand Patriarch of Legends of Nollywood

By on January 4, 2015

For demonstrating genuine political will that has helped the Nigerian movie industry attain greater heights, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was last week presented with the award of Grand Patriarch of Legends of Nollywood Award. The award was presented to the President at the Aso Rock Villa by the organisers of the annual Legends of Nollywood Awards (LNA) led by its founder and President Paul Obazele.

Accompanied by some recent recipients of the LNA and members of the organizing committee including the actor Zack Orji, Alex Usifo Umaigbo, Patience Ozokwo, Larry Koldsweath, Mathias Obahiagbon, Tony Anih, Chief Osita Okeke aka Ossy Affason and Memuna Abaji Yahaya, Obazele explained that the delegation was in the villa to present the award to President Jonathan since he couldn’t make it personally to receive the awards that was held on December 6 in Lagos.

Obazele to the President that the award committee unanimously agreed to confer the award on President Jonathan “because of the legendary support you have given Nollywood right from your days as Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State”.

In President Paul Obazele words:

“We want to place on record that no government, and indeed NO President in the history of this great country has demonstrated genuine political will in helping the Nigerian Film Industry attain greater heights than the transformation government of President Goodluck Jonathan. We know the role you played and have continued to play in the evolution and growth of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). We are all witnesses to the fact that unlike other administration before you that made promises, you have been walking the talk, an example being the recent proactive provision of concrete grants for the growth and development of the Nollywood industry’.

Obazele disclosed that the award was not a recent creation. He stated that it was instituted in 2011 to identify and recognize great men and women who through their art, ingenuity, foresight, vision and industry laid the solid foundation for the establishment of the vibrant motion picture industry called Nollywood.

According to the former President of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) “the excitement we derive in hosting this award annually lies in the fact that we strongly believe as you also believe, that the labour of our heroes past should not be in vain.

– All Africa


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