The Nollywood filmmakers on Saturday unveiled Igbo cinema and culture in Ebonyi as a way to promote the cultural heritage of the people in the state and Igbos at large.

According to reports, some of the filmmakers present at the unveiling ceremony in Abakaliki include: Pete Edochie, Patience Ozokwor, Chinwetala Agu,, Nkem Owo, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Cha-Cha Eke among others.

The state Gov. Francis Nwifuru, described the occasion as a “welcome development” to the state as it aimed at promoting identity of the people, especially the Igbos.

Nwifuru, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Patricia Obila, pledged the sum of N15 million as support to the filmmaking project in Ebonyi.

According to the Governor, the state is determined to develop the entertainment industry for the people and promote our heritage.

“Our culture is our heritage, which include our language, clothings among others. My government is tagged, “People’s Chatter of Needs” and we are ready to support projects aimed at promoting our image as state and Igbo land,” the governor said.

Unveiling the Project, Peter Edochie commended the people of Ebonyi for putting up the project, stressing that the cinema would continue to attract support.

Kanayo and Ozokwor also hailed the initiators of the cinema project in the state and urged them to keep the flag flying.

They described the film industry in Nigeria as “biggest employer of labour” and, therefore,urged all hands to be on deck to move the industry forward.

Earlier, Mr Stanley Ogbuewu, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism said the idea of the cinema project was to reawakening the consciousness of Ndigbo toward the beauty of the culture.

Ogbuewu explained that it is also a way to promote lgbo culture and bring the people together.

“This unique project will re-establish and revive our dwindling lgbo culture, especially our language, by creating awareness in our hands.

“The cinema will showcase movies, music and dances produced using the language and lifestyle of our people.

“With this project, we will understand that despite the languages and traditions, we are one.

“There is that tradition that binds Igbo people together, which is what the project is trying to bring alive through the unveiling,” the Commissioner added.

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