Federal Government of Nigeria has solemnly seeked India’s support for film industry in the country.
The Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged the Indian Government to support Nigeria film’s industry in the area of technicality and technology that will enhance the quality of films.
Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Friday in Abuja when he received the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur, on his special visit to the Minister according to the statement released by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the he Minister of Information and Culture.
“I think Bollywood is probably the biggest film industry in the world, closely followed by Nigeria, but while we are proud of what Nollywood is doing in terms of content, I think we still need to do more in the area of technicality and technology and I think this in one area that I would want us to concentrate on in our bilateral relationship.
“I want India to avail Nigeria of the opportunity to train not just our budding producers and film directors, cinematographers and the like but probably if India can stretch its hands of friendship to our Film Corporation, especially the Film College in Jos so that they can be able to improve the technical quality of our films.
“I still believe that in the area of content, we have very rich content, very fecund imagination but I think in terms of the quality of the films, we still need to do much more and I don’t think there is a better place we can look forward to than India for this,” Lai Mohammed said.
On his speech, Mr. Thakur, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria said that his country is organizing journalists exposure visits to train particular group of Nigerian journalists in the area of specific and Africa-focused business events in India.
Thakur also invited Nigerian cultural troupes to participate in the India-Africa Cultural Festival, slated to hold on December.