By Umar Muhammad Puma
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has hailed the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) for providing the platform for film-makers in Africa and the rest of the world to exhibit excellent movies and also engage in creative conversations that will improve the profession.
The Minister made the commendation on Sunday night in Lagos at the opening of the 7th edition of AFRIFF
“Standing here and gazing at this great gathering, I can feel the confluence of passion and creativity and the promises and possibilities that the future holds for the global movie industry,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed, who commended Nollywood for inspiring the movie industry in Africa, said the Federal Government of Nigeria is constantly engaging the stakeholders towards growing the industry.
“The object of our gathering tonight, the platform on which we celebrate African and International film-makers, is one of the great stories of Nollywood, for AFRIFF – the festival with a vision to inspire and indeed create an ecosystem for the global movie community – was birthed because there is Nollywood,’’ he said.
The Minister disclosed that the government is pushing for a single-digit interest on loans for infrastructure