By Rashidat Akashat
The Lagos@50 celebration has taken a new dimension of entertainment as it has created a priceless opportunity for Lagosians to watch 10 top Nollywood movies on Friday.
The movies to be screened are ’76’, an adaptation of the 1976 coup which led to the assassination of General Murtala Muhammed, and Tunde Kelani’s movie ‘Maami’. These two will be screened at Epe.
‘The Wedding Party’, a narrative of inter-tribal elite marriage, will be screened in Badagry.
’93 Days’, a movie about Nigeria’s battle against deadly virus Ebola, will also be screened at Epe.
Comedian Ayo Makun’s film, A Trip To Jamaica, will be screened at Ikeja.
Kunle Afolyan’s new film ‘Roti’ which will premiered at the IMAX Cinema in Lekki, among other movies.
Governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode will be among the dignitaries and other stakeholders during the screening.
Lagos reasserts itself as entertainment hub
The organizing committee have said that Lagos was re-asserting itself as the primary market for films and other forms of entertainment in Nigeria and Africa at large with this development.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, stated that Ambode’s administration believed strongly in putting his full weight behind film-makers as it loved to do with other arts and cultural stakeholders.
“You will recall that last year, the government took 10 films to the Toronto Film Festival where Lagos was honoured as a major film state.
“You also recall that the government is working on new theatres/cinemas across the five divisions in the state. On the one hand, we are also using the Friday’s multiple screenings in different areas of the state as a prelude to the experience that Lagosians will be having when the theatres come on board.
“Also, we are conscious of the fact that we need to give those places that are not directly hosting any of the theatres or cinemas an opportunity to have a feel of the top films,” Ayorinde stated.