…launches cooperative for members
Nollywood’s main body for film producers, the Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP) has clocked 25, but the milestone celebration will not happen until next year. The association announced that it is planning a befitting and loud celebration for its founders as part of activities for its 25th anniversary.
The body of producers formally marked its 25th anniversary on September 6, but the main celebration, including the special recognition of the founders, will happen in 2022, according to its President, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe.
Taking stock of the body’s progress since its establishment, Anyiam-Osigwe said it had made tremendous progress in the last 25 years.
The founders’ contributions, she also noted, were enormous.
She said, “we cannot forget the labour of love and sacrifice of these eminent pioneers of our guild (both dead and living), leading to the registration of AMP on September 6 1996. People like the late Amaka Igwe, Eddie Ugboma, Zeb Ejiro and Joe Dudun etc. The seed these illustrious Nigerians sowed 25 years ago has yielded multiple fruits today. We are highly grateful to them and many others who played strategic roles in the early development of the association.”
Anyiam-Osigwe also expressed her joy at AMP’s growth and said it would celebrate its longest-serving patron, Andy Boyo, and launch a cooperative on October 17.
“As part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations, we shall be having a night of honour for a filmmaker, the man who has given AMP his time, finance, love, and has been a patron of our association for 15 years. This night is to honour Andy Boyo as the longest-serving Patron of AMP and also the launch of the AMP Creative Cooperative,” she said.
The AMP President assured that the founders of the body would be immortalised.
“We shall also ensure that these founders are immortalised in the annals of Nollywood’s history among several other activities.”