Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday inaugurated a nine-member Film Production Empowerment committee at the State House, Marina comprising veteran cinematographer Tunde Kelani, filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, actor Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), TV personality Mo Abudu and Peace Anyim-Osigwe.
The committee’s inauguration came months after the governor set aside N1 billion seed capital to unlock the potential in hospitality and tourism industries.
According to the governor, the scheme seeks to leverage idea and talent development to transform Nollywood into a brand such as Hollywood and Bollywood.
Mr Sanwo-Olu said the committee had been given the authority to disburse the support grants to movie producers who have fresh ideas and those whose stories are yet to be completed.
“The scheme is to support creative ideas of producers who are constrained by funds to bring their concepts to reality,” he tweeted.
RMD who is the chairman of the committee described the committee’s appointment as “a big honour”, describing members as passionate practitioners in the entertainment industry.
“We don’t have any excuse not to perform in this assignment. We will do everything in our capacity to ensure that result which the governor has envisioned comes to reality,” he said.
Government officials in the committee are Adebukola Agbaminoja, Ferdinand Tinubu, Taju Olajumoke and Funke Avoseh (secretary).