By Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja
The Federal Government and the People’s Republic of China have entered into partnership plans for improving the quality of films produced in Nigeria and other African countries.
Following the partnership, the two countries will ensure the improvement of capacity building and the supply of high-resolution technological equipment.
Nigeria’s General Counsel in Shanghai, China, Ambassador Chimezie Okeoma Ogu made the revelation in a statement made available to the Daily Sun.
Ogu, during his speech at the opening ceremony of the African Film Festival in China’s Jiangsu Province, said the two countries have worked out ways to strengthen film industries in collaborative efforts to promote cultural exchanges between China and Africa.
Ogu called on the Chinese government to use Nigeria as a pilot project under the new Belt and Road Initiative in Africa.
According to the Ogu, “Nigeria has ready infrastructure like film villages, seasoned and talented actors and most importantly the market to benefit both sides in this new China-Africa cooperation.”
Speaking on the industry’s contribution to the country’s gross domestic product, Ogu revealed that the new African cinema has made the Nigerian film industry the third largest film sector in the world, surpassing that of the United States.
He applauded the two films ‘Inale’ and ‘Half a Yellow Sun’, for earning an African Film Festival nomination for portraying the great culture and heritage of the African people, as well as depicting the struggles of Africa as a continent.