The Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood, is set to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the fight against corruption.
A delegation of concerned guilds and senior filmmakers from across the country, said during a courtesy visit to EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa on Thursday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team was steered to the commission by Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFCVB), regulator of Nigeria’s film industry.
Thomas said the meeting was designed to strategize on how filmmakers could collaborate with the EFCC and also make films that would publicize its activities in the fight against financial crimes.
“This meeting is well thought out by the stakeholders, after having seen the President’s commitment, passion and professionalism in the fight against financial crime in the country.
“Therefore, when they approached me with the idea, I didn’t have to think twice about embracing it.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the entertainment landscape will never stay the same after this talk with stakeholders.
“I already foresee tougher times for operators in the motion picture industry, who engage in financial crimes, as the youngest and youngest ‘number one’ crime fighter is about to entertain our lot. .
“The board is very confident that this discussion will strategize how filmmakers can collaborate with the EFCC.
“Also about how filmmakers can make films that will try to publicize their efforts in fighting financial crimes in the country,” he said.
Mr. Victor Okhai, Chairman of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), said they had come to build this perception that the EFCC was watching everyone.
“So we seek to support the work you do, using cinema as a real tool.
“We also want you to be very intentional in this partnership with Nollywood,” Okhai said.
Furthermore, Makama Mu’azu, a filmmaker and former president of the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN), said that Nollywood is blessed with talent and ability, adding that his work in Ibo, Yoruba and Hausa, among others.
“My request is that you join us in showcasing the work you are doing, to change the country for good, as is done with the film industry in other climates.”
In his address, the EFCC President thanked the actors and filmmakers for their genuine interest in identifying with the commission in its fight against economic and financial crime in all its forms.
Bawa said Nollywood plays a prominent role in the continent’s film industry, especially in creating jobs.
He therefore said he was ready to form a common front with the players in the industry.
“Nollywood has been successful in employing Nigerians and taking our stories beyond African shores, so that we can work together.
“We can have a memorandum of understanding with the relevant guilds and produce films to portray our country, not just the EFCC, in a good light,” he said.
The EFCC boss, however, has urged Nollywood filmmakers to deliberately avoid stories that paint the country and its people in a bad light in front of the global community.
Nollywood stakeholders present included Fred Amata, Zik Zulu, Francis Duru, Eucharia Anunobi, Hilda Dokubo, Anne Njemanze and Hadiza Muhammad, Shan George.
The others are Saidu Balogun, Kosoko Adesola, Ahmad Sarari, Makama Mu’azu and Agatha Amata, CEO of Inside Out Media Limited, along with the NFVCB management team. (NOPE)