The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has pledged a N100 Million take-off grant for the newly launched Imo Film Academy, IFACA. The academy which would be overseen by actress, Nkiru Silvanus, as director general, was officially unveiled last weekend in Imo state. The event, held inside the IFACA rehearsal hall, was attended by several Nollywood stars including Okey Bakassi, Clem Ohamese and Andy Ike.
Mr. Okorocha was at the event alongside his deputy, Eze Madumere, the Speaker Imo House of Assembly, Benjamin Uwajumogo and other top politicians. The governor said the fund was also to promote and support Igbo films through the Academy.
While decrying the marginalization of the Igbo tribe in some key areas of Nigeria’s affair and clamouring for urgent redress, the governor was however optimistic that the movie industry was a veritable tool for proper cultural representation of the Igbos and also a catalyst for self-reliance among the youths.
“You will make movies subtitled in English but conveyed in Igbo language; that is the essence of this center – to promote our culture because a man without culture is a dead man,” Mr. Okorocha said.
Ms. Silvanus reassured every one of her commitment to using her knowledge in the Arts to bring about a great development in the state’s movie industry. She said the academy would be handling photography, acting, cinematography, directing, voice-over, voice training, script writing, costume, amongst other courses. She said the school would not only train the students but also give them loans to make their own movies.
“Film making made me who I am today,” she said. “I have made money from it, helped myself and others. I have met presidents and governors because I am an actress.”