The leadership of Nollywood’s premier guild, Association of Movie Producers Nigeria (AMP), has called out its founding fathers for special recognition and appreciation.
This is in commemoration of the Association’s 25th anniversary which came up on September 6, 2021, a statement made available to News Dot Africa by the AMP National Publicity Secretary, Nzeh Frankwhite disclosed.
According to the President of the Association, Ms. Peace Anyiam Osigwe, the Association has made enormous progress in the last 25 years and the input of these founding fathers cannot be overemphasized.
In her words, “We cannot forget the labour of love and sacrifice of these eminent pioneers of our guild (both dead and alive), leading to the registration of AMP on the 6th of September 1996.
“People like late Amaka Igwe, late Eddie Ugwoma, Olorogun Zeb Ejiro MON, Joe Dudun, etc. The seed these illustrious Nigerians sowed 25 years ago has yielded multiple fruits today and we are highly grateful to them and many others who played strategic roles in the early development of the association”, she said.
She further noted that presently, there are over 80% of the active movie producers in Nigeria registered under this umbrella, with the attendant local and international alliances, partnerships and recognition,adding that the Association has really evolved.
“As part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations, we shall be having a night of honor, to honor a filmmaker, the man who has given AMP his time, finance, love, and has been a patron of our Association for 15 years. This event is to honor Andy Boyo as the longest-serving Patron of AMP on the 17th of October, this is also the launch of the AMP Creative Cooperative.
“The celebration of the 25th Anniversary will be in May next year, we shall also ensure that these founding fathers are immortalised in the annals of Nollywood’s history among several other activities”, she noted.
The Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Nigeria is the umbrella body for all movie producers in Nigeria’s Nollywood.