by crossriverwatch admin
As part of their contribution and efforts to position the state film industry beyond its usual physical structural representation, practitioners of the film industry based in Cross River State have taken the bull by the horns to unveil the strongest brand of a state film agency in Africa.
The agency, named Cross River Film Agency (CRFA), will enjoy a grand unveiling in the Cross River State capital, Calabar, by November this year, launching the state as the first in Africa to take the bold step to position its film industry for the benefit of all sub-sectors of the industry.
According to the agency’s director, Mr. Obaji Akpet, the body is aimed at keying into the current Cross River government to position the state entertainment industry as the second largest in Africa after the Nigerian Films.
“CRFA is the film agency for Cross River to ensure that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film production are effectively represented in the state. Our sole intent is to aid the structure of the film industry in the state,” according to the statement of appreciation addressed to the governor of Cross River and signed by the agency publicist, Solomon Asha.
The unveiling ceremony, which was rescheduled from October 30th to November later this year, is expected to be a point of unification for both stakeholders and potential investors of the film industry, where the governor of Cross River, Senator Liyel Imoke, is expected to carry out the unveiling, while several practitioners in the Nigerian entertainment industry, including practitioners of international repute of Cross River descent, are expected to grace the event.
Entertainment drivers expected at the event include Actors Guild President, Ibinabo Fiberisima; Producers Guild President, Zik Okafor; Directors Guild President, Andy Amenechi; The Nation newspaper Entertainment Editor, Victor Akande; popular presenter and founder of EbonyLife, Mo Abudu; International Film Festival’s Madu Chikwendu; veteran actor and producer, Lari Williams; Hollywood actor Nyambi Nyambi; Kate Henshaw; Shan George; Igoni Archibong; Eric Anderson; Bernard Khawaja. Music crooners Sunny Neji; Felade; Iyanya; Spiderman; AJ; Gziyoung; DizzBaby; Real P and a host of others.
The establishment of CRFA in Cross River is another bold step to maintaining the state’s pace-setting role in the industry since it dedicated a physical structure to the Nigerian Films in 2005 at Tinapa, which has continued to recognize the state as headquarters of the Nigerian film industry. The state also plays a key role as the highest entertainment-paying state since it launched Africa’s biggest entertainment event, Christmas Calabar.
It has also played a contributory role to the production of Nigerian high-budget films including Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Jetta Amata’s Amazing Grace; Street of Calabar; and the now renowned Cross River Movie Awards. And has remained the only state that welcomes and encourages initiatives by individual practitioners to push the state entertainment industry forward.
The governor of the state, Senator Liyel Imoke, in his unveiling of this year’s Calabar Christmas festival theme, earlier this month, said the state’s vision remains making the state entertainment market as the second largest in Africa after the Nigerian entertainment industry.
The unveiling of CRFA, which included the official unveiling of the agency website to the outside world, would serve as platform to deeper revelations to the state film industry potentials and expected to launch a newer beginning for the industry.
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