Actor Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as RMD, and other Nollywood stars have attended the 2023 edition of the Essence Festival of Culture and Film in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Photos from the event captures RMD, Stella Damasus, Daniel Etim Effiong and many others in attendance.
Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim left an indelible mark as a panelist at the event.
This was the first time Nollywood got an entire day dedicated to filmmakers, storytellers, actors and other professionals in the Nigerian film industry at the festival.
Toyosi Etim-Effiong of That Good Media led a delegation of Nollywood stakeholders for Nigeria Day.
The Essence Festival has been celebrating African American culture in the United States for over three decades. With approximately 500,000 attendees over its three-day duration, it holds the record for the largest per day attendance of any festival in the US.
Juliet’s participation in dissecting the topic ‘Clips & Conversations: Ghana’s Road to Global Expansion,’ held great significance for both the Ghanaian film industry and the diaspora.
At the groundbreaking event held on July 2, the Africa House showcased exceptional films, talent, and conversations around Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya.
The weekend-long event was produced and curated by Ama Larbi, a Ghanaian American writer/producer from Essence Studios.
Actors, directors, and producers, including top celebrities from Ghana and Nollywood, joined forces to explore collaborative efforts for global expansion.
The panel moderated by Vanessa Vanderpuye, a British-Ghanaian model/actress, brought together industry luminaries such as Esi Yamoah (producer), Juliet Ibrahim, Michael Djaba (producer/director), Chris Attoh (actor/director/producer), Angela White (producer), and Anwar Jamison (writer/director) who shared their wealth of experience and insights, delving into their journeys of producing remarkable projects in Ghana while highlighting strategies to propel the industry to greater global heights.