It was so hush hush I almost missed it..lol...but was able to get some info to share. Nollywood stars met with President Jonathan yesterday Saturday March 2nd at the State House in Marina, Lagos. The president hosted a presidential dinner to celebrate Nollywood at 20. First Lady Patience Jonathan, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra State governors and lots of important people were at the dinner. (Above are actors Chidi Mokeme and Chika Ike at the dinner).
Here's what I was able to gather from the event. Guests arrived at TBS from where they were conveyed to the State house in a coastal bus. Cocktail started at 5-6:30pm. Main dinner started at 8pm. All the important people in Nollywood were at the event - Genevieve Nnaji, Chidi Mokeme, Aki and Paw Paw, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Segun Arinze, Stephanie Linus, Patience Ozokwor, Zack Orji, Madam Kofo, Desmond Elliot, Chiwetalu Agu, Cynthia Amadi, Amaka Igwe, Dickson Iroegbu, Zeb and Chico Ejiro, Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Andy Chukwu and several others.
President Jonathan unveiled a pictorial book titled 'Icons of Nollywood' - and he promised to pump N3 billion into Nollywood in order to empower the industry. Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom promised to finance a N50million 'Goodluck Jonathan Prize Award' which will be shared by the best Nollywood actor, actress, film maker and other award categories.
I hear the event was very classy and well put together. Will try and bring photos. See a few photos after the cut...