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Exploit Tourist Sites, NTDC Boss Tells Movie Makers


Ebere Chibuzor

Director General Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, has advised movie makers to take advantage of the wide array of beautiful tourists’ destinations in the country.

Mbanefo who described the growth of entertainment tourism in Nigeria as highly encouraging identified Nigeria as third in that regard globally, emphasising that shooting of movies at tourist sites will contribute to the promotion of the Nigerian tourism industry.”

The DG made the remark while receiving the delegation of Diaspora Nigerians of Black Tower Gong Production Limited led by a Nollywood veteran Mr. Mahmood Ali Balogun and the company’s boss, Odera Ozoka who paid her a courtesy visit at the headquarters of the corporation in Abuja, recently.

She commended the foresight of Mr. Ozoka, producer of the movie, ‘A Forgotten Place’, in complementing government’s tourism development and promotional efforts just as she hailed Mr. Balogun for lending his support to the movie company so as to enhance visibility of the rich cultural heritage in the country.

In his own remark, Balogun, applauded Mrs Mbanefo for her visionary approach to see the potential of the film and the possibilities for its worldwide success, due to the historical importance of the film.

“With this meeting, Mrs Sally Mbanefo has shown that there are people who truly care for Nigerians’ interest at the top. She was quick to see the potential of this film as an international Juggernaut, and in supporting this film and the young filmmaker, Odera Ozoka, she has given me hope in the system”, Balogun said.

Also speaking, Ozoka disclosed that ‘A Forgotten Place’ movie will project Nigeria’s image, promote the tourism assets in the country and encourage international tourists to visit Nigeria, stressing that the movie, based on the Biafran war, will highlight unifying narratives at this critical moment in our nation building.

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