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Inaugural Address Presented by Bidis Obidinma (AGN Anambra Chapter)

WELCOME ADDRESS PRESENTED BY BIDIS OBIDINMA During the inauguration of newly elected executives of actors guild of Nigeria, Anambra chapter, THIS 7TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2017

Your Excellency Executive governor of Anambra State,

Your Excellency the deputyGovernor of our dear State,

YourExcellency the National president Actors guild of Nigeria,

Your excellency the Southeast vice president

Distinguished honourable members of Anambra state house of Assembly,

Hon. Commissioner for Art,Culture and Tourism,

Hon. Commissioner for information.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen and other protocols duely observed.

Permit me to explain my unavoidable absence in this August occasion. It is quiet regrettable but inevitable, while the preparation forthis occasion was on top gears I took ill hoping to be fine in annex, however it landed me in the hospital yet I was hopefulthatsoonI will be home but unfortunately I have to write you from my hospital bed, but bearing the burden in the spirit of the guild I have joined my follow thespians to say that’THE SHOW MUST GO ON’

Congratulatory message:

I want to seize this opportunity to congratulatehisexcellency once again on your landslide victory on November 18th governorshipelection in Anambra state, Your Excellency sir, 21/21 is not for learners, it lauds your unprecedented achievements for Ndi Anambra, more so, your style of leadership of which you have willingly worked for Ndi Anambra has been provenbeyond any reasonable doubt, while it doubles with the level of transparency that gracethe just concluded election.

 It will interest usto know that based on government style of leadership more especially on the aspectof free and fair elections held in Anambra state last month, Actor’s guild of Nigeria Anambra state chapter set the pace first, and it gave birth to today’s event

Actors  Guild Election:

Few months ago when preparation for the A G N election was on, at some point it seems like heavens will fall but Actors Guild National Electoral Commission (AGNEC)upheld their tested proven integrity. The election was conducted in orderly manners.

The eagle has landed

In more than two decades, AGN has piloted the affairs of Nollywood to the height that it is now the second largest movie industry in the world.

Interestingly,Anambra state has its fair share from the Nollywood success stories.;

Anambra state holds very important place in movie industry and entertainment in general,

For instance;

  1. The current president Actor’s Guild of Nigeria is from Anambra state, Ihiala to be precise.
  2. The vice president Actor’s Guild of Nigeria southeast zone is Anambra State, Awka.

Other big players in the industry such as marketers, producers,directors,renounce actors like Pete Edochie, chikala okpala (Zebuludaya) Izu ojukwu, Obi omereonye,Ugezu J Ugezujust tomention but a few.

Therefore Anambra is highly blessed with talents and if well harness will transform into immense revenue for our dear state

Achievement

My administration worked tirelessly to improve the influx of film production here in Anambra.

I acquired more than hundred hectares of land forfilm village at nearby mgbakwu within the state capital territory. We have built local village settings there.

 We have also secured partnership deals with some media house especially those online and cable channels that deal with movies and other entertaining products,

This administration, however,worked hand in hand with the peace committee to make sure that lasting peace return to the guild and Nollywood in general to the glory of God

Request

In most of the developing countries like INDIA and others movie contributes upto thirty percent (30%) GDP in their economy, that was made possible because of the massive investment which their government and corporate organization made in the their movie industry to ensure its maximum output. In Nigeria for examples, movie industry is the second largest employer of labour.

Yet the infrastructural development needed in order to bring more innovative solutions and international best practice has been neglected, however Anambra state as I mention earlier has been in forefront especially in individuals capacities, therefore it is a welcomedevelopment asIcall on the government to invest into Nollywood by developing the key and strategic infrastructureto boost the output of this great industry which will in turn generate more four billion naira (4,000,000,000) revenue to the state annually.

Withthe film village at Mgbakwu,weneed a good road network for easy navigation.

Consequently, indigenouscompanies and industries like Innoson vehicles manufacturing (I V M) capital oil and gas with its afflicted companies and other notable indigenous companies should be encourageto come in the site where our film village is located through anintegrated investment program

In conclusion

Lasting peace has returned to the guild and I am using medium to call on all filmmakers, corporate organizations and individuals to rallying round the incoming leadership of our guild to help her achieve her set goals.

I sincerely believe that together we can make Anambra greater more importantly in the area of filmmaking and industry

Finally

I thank my excos,  you did a very nice job.I wish you well in your endeavors.

On that note,  I thereby dissolve the executives under my administration.

My sincere appreciation goes to our National BoT members, our national president,Your Excellency Emeka RollarsEjezie, Our Vice President Southeast zone BarrIkechukwu Ezenagu,

All the AGN state executive southeast zone and most importantly all of you here who have shaved your pressing engagement of today just to grace this occasion, may almighty God reward you immensely in Jesus name Amen.

Long live FederalRepublic of Nigeria

Long live Actors guild of Nigeria

Long live Anambra state

Long live Actors guild Anambra state chapter

Thank you coming and God bless you

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