By Stanley Onyekwere
Determined to take their trade to a recognised level like their counterparts in other parts of the country, efforts have been concluded to organise cutting edge training for movie directors, script writers, makeup artists among others under the auspices of Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners, (ANTP) Abuja
Disclosing this at the first Abuja Yoruba artists awards held recently, the ANTP Abuja Governor, Dr. Aliyu Ilias, who commended members of the association for their efforts in the year 2014 to produce quality movies, noted that the proposed training would help to sharpen their skills in their various areas of specialisation.
The training, according to him would take place between February and March 2015 noting that with the crop of artists in the FCT and movies they have produced, the time has come for them to up their game like their colleagues in the South West of the country.
“Let me thank all of us for our efforts this year, we all have done well. But let me also encourage us that it is not yet celebration because we have to raise our game.
“And in the line of this, let me say plans are on to organise training and workshop for all practitioners between February and March 2015; the aim is to train actors,directors,script writers, makeup artist in
modern skills,” he said.
While unveiling the six best movies produced by his members in the year 2015, the ANTP Governor reiterated that the best film for 2014 should be the benchmark for2015 film production.
The highlights of the event were the presentation awards to the best actors, best actress, best movie, and best producer among others.
At the end of the event, Iyawo Abuja emerged best movie of the year while the best actor for 2014 was Aliyu Ilias.
Toyin Ainu won best actress while best comedian award went to Arowosaye AdeWale (Jekiwongbo) and Ismail Abdulahi (Dodo) won best movie director award.