Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has presented cheques to thirty-nine film-makers, who are beneficiaries of special interest-free loans being managed by the Lagos State Creative Initiative (LACI), under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos Island, Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, disclosed that a nine-man committee comprising Veteran Film Makers and some senior Government officials headed by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, was set up last year with the mandate to identify struggling filmmakers that could be empowered with grants and seed fund for film production purposes.
According to the Governor, the aim of the initiative is to address financial challenges that inhibit quality film production in Lagos and Nigeria.
His words: “This initiative and presentation of cheques being done today is a testament to our commitment to ensure the potentials of the entertainment industry are realised”.
“I congratulate the beneficiaries who are receiving their cheques today. I am convinced that your proposals and plans must have been really compelling and convincing to earn the approval of the Committee”.
Sanwo-Olu admonished the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the loans and pay them back within the stipulated time to enable others access the fund.
While giving her opening remarks, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, revealed that before the establishment of the revolving loan for filmmakers, the Governor had made various interventions to ameliorate the devastating effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on business owners in the hospitality, entertainment and tourism sector.
The Commissioner said: “Mr. Governor constituted a Palliative Review Committee headed by Nollywood veteran actress, Joke Silva, which proposed a one billion Naira immediate intervention for the various stakeholders. Following Mr. Governor’s approval, the Ministry subsequently presented cheques to some of the beneficiaries at the maiden edition of Lagos Tourism, Hospitality Arts and Culture Economic Summit, LATHACE held last year”.
Akinbile-Yussuf spoke further saying, “To complement this gesture, the Ministry sought and obtained Mr. Governor’s approval for a 50 percent rebate on Operating Licence Fees payable by all the practitioners in the entertainment and hospitality sector for year 2020”.
She averred that two hundred million Naira worth of cheques would be presented to the 39 successful beneficiaries of the revolving loan under the first batch, while more recipients will still emerge as the collation for the second batch of applicants has started.
Her words: “The State Government is interested in using the revolving funds to bring youths out of unemployment while also creating entrepreneurs who would use their creativity to enhance the market shares of the film industry”.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Oyinade Nathan-Marsh, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu’s doggedness in transforming the Entertainment and Tourism sector by consistently keeping to his promises to boost its potential.
“The Entertainment Sector is one of the key pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of this administration and it deserves the attention being given by the Government to grow the economy of the State”, she affirmed.
Mrs. Nathan-Marsh also challenged the beneficiaries on the appropriate usage of the fund so that the door of the good opportunity will not be shut against other beneficiaries.
Some of the successful applicants, who spoke at the event, commended Lagos State Government for fulfilling its promise made at an interactive session held with the Governor last year.
Giving his testimonial, Mr Tunji Ojetola, said the exercise was devoid of favouritism as the application process was seamless, just as the screening was thorough and professional.
“This is the first time a Government policy is well executed and the commendation should go to Mr. Governor and the Ministry”, he said.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Adebayo Salami, who spoke on behalf of colleagues, also commended the State Government and promised that they will utilise the funds judiciously and pay back without defaulting.
I can no longer hid I was born, bred a CCC member – Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele, An Actress turned-politician has declared she is a member of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) saying she was born and raised in the White garment Church .
She stated this in a viral video where she was seen in a CCC wearing the garment accompanied with her elder sister.
The Actress said she often visits celestial church secretly whenever faced with challenges.
Reassuring members of the church, Akindele stated that she ceased hiding her membership of CCC and called on clergy men to keep praying for her.
Funke Akindele is the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial candidate running mate.
Tanzanian Police release Kizz Daniel from custody
Nigerian singer, Oluwatobiloba Anidugbe, better known as Kizz Daniel has been released from the custody of the Tanzanian police
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa disclosed this in a tweet.
The Nigerian singer was arrested following alleged failure to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in the East African country on Sunday night as part of his Afro Classic World Tour.
His failure to turn up led to fans damaging part of the concert arena.
The organisers had Kizz Daniel and some of his crew members arrested by policemen from their hotel as a result of the no-show.
“He has just been released but his lawyers will report to the station tomorrow. He should be home anytime soon”, Dabiri tweeted in response to how the Nigerian Embassy in Tanzania was assisting Daniel.
Femi, Seun Remembers Fela 25 years after death
The Kuti family on Tuesday marked the 25th death anniversary of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Remembering their late father, who died on August 2, 1997, Femi and Seun Anikulapo-Kiti, also musicians, paid tribute to the legendary singer.
Hailing Fela as the soul of Afrobeat, Femi noted that he missed his father, even after 25 years of the icon’s demise.
Sharing a post in the early hours of Tuesday, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti said, “25 years on, still in our hearts. I miss you more and more. The one and only Abami Eda #FELA. The soul of #Afrobeat.”
On his part, Seun Kuti said, “25 years ago, you transitioned. Words can’t begin to express how much more alive you have become in spirit, as we continue to strive for the Africa you fought for. We continue to ask that you allow your light to guide our path. Ase!!”
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