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walk kunle 03It was an eventful day for thespians in the Nigerian movie industry as they staged a peaceful walk and well co-ordinated protest against the menace of piracy in the entertainment industry. The call time was 9am and the meeting point was Ikeja under bridge. The protesters had an endurance trek, chanting solidarity songs from Ikeja under bridge via Awolowo way to Alausa secretariat; they made a brief stopover at the Lagos state house of Assembly. The protest train was ably received by Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe on behalf of the speaker Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji who promised a good deal for film makers and the entertainment industry at large especially now that there will be a synergy between the federal and state government. He received petitions of these entertainers and thanked them for comporting themselves as civil Nigerians. The walk then proceeded to the Governor’s office there in Alausa Ikeja. The ever responsive Governor was aptly on hand to receive these thespians; he applauded these veterans for single handedly building the entertainment industry without support from the government. Governor Fashola emphasized the need for building an organic structure for the industry where film makers can recoup their returns on investment in just a short while of film release. These according to is a natural way to get these pirates out of business. The Governor told the film makers to inaugurate a committee that will be coordinated by Tunde Kelani with which he will have a round table discourse and legislations shall be promulgated that shall be sent as bill to the National Assembly that will commence sittings soon.
The walk had some top players and stakeholders like Tunde Kelani, Tunji Bamishigbin, Adebayo Salami, Jide Kosoko, Yemi Shodimu, Yemi Sholade, Gabriel Okoye (Gabosky),among others in attendance.

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