Roti, others triumph at ZIFF 2017

Nigeria movies have once again been put on the spotlight as the 2017 edition of the Zuma International Film Festival held sway for three days in Abuja.

Held at Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja, in attendance were top functionaries from the three major arms of government, the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary.

Speaking at the Zuma Film Festival annual lecture on Saturday, December 2, the Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation Dr. Chidia Maduekwe said that Nigeria is a country with diverse ethnic groups existing side-by-side, struggling for survival, identification and recognition in the country.

Maduekwe who spoke on the topic, ‘Sustaining the Socio-Cultural and Political Integration of Nigeria: The Film Perspective’ opined that feelings of suspicion of one ethnic group’s domination over another were inevitable. However, one would expect Nigeria after several decades of independence to have put behind the problem of national identity and crisis of integration resulting from its multi-ethnic composition.

“The introduction of films into our society has seldom failed to shape centuries old cultural practices, simple lifestyles, social integration and economic pattern. Communication system over the years have proved to be potent tool of changing and re-integrating cultural identity in most countries; if not all because communication is a part of culture as much as an influence upon it,” he said.

According to Maduekwe, the festival is packaged to further explore and expand the economic and audio-visual potentials of Africa’s largest motion picture industry.

The festival, he further stated, has sustained its objectives which are; to provide a platform for film networking between Nigerian filmmakers and their counterparts from other film countries, explore, expand film coproduction opportunities beneficial to Nigerian film makers, recognise and reward cinematic excellence, entrench professionalism, boost export potentials of Nigerian films and herald Nigeria as Africa’s tourism and film destination hub.

Among the winners of the ZIFF Awards which wrapped up the festival were Juyin Sarauta, (Best Language Film), What Lies Within (Best Feature Film), Roti (Best Cinematography), Sogie Efe Guobadia (Best Actress), Bachir Skirej (Best Actor) as well as What Lies Within, (Best Picture).

source: Thenation


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