Lai Mohammed Attends Kadi premire,Promises Enabling Environment for filmmakers

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The Minister made the call in Abuja on Sunday Night at the premiere of the movie “My Name is Kadi produced by Aisha Mohammed.”

“One of the reasons I am here today is that we need to encourage and support the movie industry from whichever part of the country. It’s the same enabling environment that we are going to provide for all of them, but I think the state governments should encourage such film-makers also by giving them access to grants to help them because this could be very expensive. The state governments will also help by establishing cinema houses to show these films,” he said.

Aisha Mohammed and Filmmaker cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

Aisha Mohammed and Movie Producer cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

Veteran Film Maker, Desmond Elliot and Filmmaker cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

Veteran Filmmaker, Desmond Elliot and Movie Producer cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, Filmmaker, Desmond Elliot and Information Minister, Lai Mohammed

House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, Filmmaker, Desmond Elliot and Information Minister, Lai Mohammed

Alha

ji Mohammed said if properly harnessed through regulatory and legislative framework, the film industry has a huge potential to contribute significantly to the development of the economy.

“If you look at the GDP of California, which is largely dependent on the Creative Industry, it’s about the sixth in the world. Go to Mumbai in India and other cities, the Creative Industry is the bedrock of their economy.

Actor, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Filmmaker cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

Actor, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Mover Producer cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen

“The good news here is that the artists, the filmmakers, the musicians have gone far ahead and are today in a domineering position globally,” he said.

The Minister said the government is working with some development partners to provide data and statistics that will encourage the private sector to key into the Creative Industry by investing and making profit.

He however observed that one of the challenges faced by the movie industry in Nigeria is that it’s largely unstructured, hence the government is creating a self-regulatory mechanism through the establishment of the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) to organise and properly structure the industry.

Alhaji Mohammed decried the proliferation of guilds in the Creative Industry and said such amorphous structure will not augur well for the industry.

On the issue of piracy, he said his ministry and that of Justice are partnering to curb piracy, noting that the punishment for piracy needs to be stringent enough to discourage the unwholesome practice.

Filmmaker cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen, Cinematographer, Shalom Chiki, Actress, Bolanle babalola and Joy

Movie Producer cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen, Cinematographer, Shalom Chiki, Actress, Bolanle Babalola and Mercy Obaka

Actress, Aisha Mohammed, Grace Omaiye and other guests

Actress, Aisha Mohammed, Grace Omaiye and other guests

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, Filmmaker cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen and Presenter Adesuwa Osuyi

Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, Movie Producer cum FreshNEWS TV Boss, Desmond Utomwen and Presenter Adesuwa Osuyi

“We must protect the intellectual property of our artists. We have laws already in place but there are some people who are of the view that the punishment is not stringent enough,” the Minister noted.

He also harped on the need to discourage Nigerians from patronizing pirated products through advocacy to create awareness on the dangers of piracy to the nation’s economy.

 

 

Aisha Tisha Mohammed was born on 9th May, 1988 .She is from Nassarawa state but was rsised in Gboko, Benue state by her parwnts.She has a first degree in sociology from Nassarawa State University where she is currently pursuing a master degree in industrial Sociology. She speaks Tiv, hausa and English fluently. She likes reading inspirational books,traveling and dancing. She developed interest in Arts as a child as she partook in the cultural dance and drama activities in school. In 2007, she won the Face of Nassarawa State beauty pageant and then represented her state that same year in Miss Tourism Nigeria where she emerged top 10. In 2012, she took her first acting role ever in a saop opera but never acted any other film after that because she felt acting needed alot of commitment which she wasn’t willing to do at that time because of school . In 2013, she won Miss NYSC Taraba and then contested for Miss Nigeria 2013 emerging the Top 10. In 2014 she made a major comeback into nollywood and has been unstoppable since then. She’s featured in quite a number of films such as school pool party, As crazy as it gets, No more love, diary of a player, filth etc. In June 2016, Aisha decided to produce her own film tittled”My Name is Kadi” where she played an outstanding role alongside with stars like Blossom Chukwujekwu, Kenneth Okolie ,Tina Mba, Silvia Oluchy not to mention but a few.

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