Peace Anyiam Osigwe has emerged as the President of Nigeria’s Association of Movie Producers, AMP.
Her emergence followed an election which held on Saturday, August 29 in Asaba, Delta State capital.
Other elected executives to run the association in the next two years were Queen Blessing Ebigieson, Vice President; Baba Agba, General Secretary; Anthony Chukwuma, Financial Secretary; Nzeh Frankwhite as Publicity Secretary and Vitus Nnebue as Provost.
A statement signed by Favour Benson and made available to newsmen says the election held successfully and was rancour free. She added that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State supported the association with everything humanly possible for the association to have a hitch free election.
According to Benson “We are thankful to everyone for mature and professionalism conducts during the Association of Movie Producers election on Saturday in Asaba.
We thank our Executive Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State , who was represented by Engr. Lawrence Ejiofor, Commissioner for culture and tourism for his supports, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief Zeb Ejiro for his fatherly role in this process and Ralph Nwadike, immediate past President of the association . We also thank the association’s electoral body, AMPEC and Delta AMP members including past Presidents of our great Association, Mr Madu C Chikwendu, Paul Obazele , Zik Zulu, Mr Foster for their wonderful supports,” she said.
In her statement, the new president, Osigwe vowed to take the association to the next levels.
She said: “The new administration I lead will attract government institutions and corporate actors to invest in the film industry as well as create training opportunities for young film makers.”
She added that “We will protect the rights and opportunities of local movie producers including safety and security of workers within the industry. Our plans to utilise the vast varieties of technology in films production would project and recognize each movie on international platforms,” she promised.
Further on her agenda, Osigwe said, “We will improve the skill set of producers and push boundaries by laying ground works on how to integrate film and theatre into the education system at an early stage. This will include
developing a training guide for quality documentaries, dynamic Africa action movies through an administrative policy of inclusiveness in scouting for movie producers and script writers.’’
Specifically, Osigwe promised to institute an archiving mechamism on both local and international knowledge sharing platforms like IMDB to ensure that each movie, the cast and production crew are recognised. This mechanism would be a more robust process of recognising Nigerian movies, including ensuring that it comes up as an entry when people search for movies with particular themes. This has the potential of not only archiving Nigerian content, but also opening it up to a wider audience amongst others.
Favour Benson, in the statement, urged Nigerians to disregard the fake news from the illegal arm of the association in Lagos on Saturday regarding the election postponement “It is trash” she said.