To Partner Nigeria To Dev Nollywood
Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Ajjampur Ghanashyam,
said yesterday in Abuja that India was ready to partner Nigeria
to develop its film industry.
who said this while featuring on the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) forum, added that Nigeria's film industry had the potential
to contribute more to the nation?s economy.
may be relatively a recent phenomenon compared with the Indian
film industry but there is scope for both of us to develop
concepts from each other," he said.
called for more training for the operators of Nigeria's film
industry adding that the Federal Government should create
an environment conducive for proper funding of the industry.
said such efforts could include making access to loans for
film makers to be easier.
our own case, the government made the Bollywood industry to
be an industry; they can raise a bank loan for making a movie.
"Initially accessing loans was not possible for
film makers, they were dependent on anybody who was willing
to give them the money but that has changed?, he said.
said with good funding the quality of films would improve,
a development he said, would have a multiplier effect not
only on the industry but the entire economy.
Film Industry started 1913. We had our centenary about two
years ago. We have made about 78, 900 movies in 18 languages,
that is why the Indian film makers are called the dream merchants.
make a movie with 20,000 to 50,000 dollars. You can?t make
a movie with less than 50 million dollars in Hollywood?, the
envoy told NAN.