Atiku Abubakar : Some Nollywood Actors under the umbrella of Celebrities for Atiku Mandate (CEFAM), a socio political group, is set to produce a Nigerian movie titled “Good Husband” for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria.
The movie x-rays the life of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with the intent of projecting him as the best father Nigeria needs now.
Speaking on the development, the National Coordinator, CEFAM, Mazi Dickson Iroegbu said, the movie industry understands that Atiku election will boost and further develop the entertainment sector.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has said that if elected, he will implement policies that will foster development of the Entertainment industry and protect practitioners against piracy and other issues affecting the creative and entertainment industry including inadequate access to funding, Intellectual property theft, piracy, uncoordinated distribution channels and lack of access to tax incentive.
Atiku noted that the Nigeria’s entertainment industry suffers from “absence of incentives and benefits because she it is not signatory to international treaties in the entertainment sector such as the European Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction which aims to safeguard creation and freedom of expression and defend the cultural diversity of the various European countries.
The convention is open for signature by member states and for accession by non-member states and the European Community.
According to Atiku, the Nigerian entertainment industry suffers from “absence of incentives and benefits under the Convention, due to Nigeria’s non signatory to the treaty and lack of quality control.”
He also quoted the convention as stating that in order to obtain co-production status; the work must involve at least three co-producers, established in three different Parties to the Convention. “The participation of one or more co-producers who are not established in such Parties is possible, provided that their total contribution does not exceed 30 per cent of the total cost of the production.
In order to solve these issues, Atiku proposed to improve enforcement to address the issues of piracy and ratify the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production.
Atiku noted that, “the Arts, Entertainment and Creative Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Nigeria and in the world. The sector he said can play a key role in the foreign exchange earnings, as well as the development of cultural dialogue and social cohesion.
In the document, Atiku Abubakar pledged to enact right policies and legislations that will provide the latest infrastructure, financial and business development facilities. And also provide specific finance and strategic support tailored to each segment of the entertainment industry.
“Policy objective will focused on demonstrating the potential of the entertainment and creative industry in Nigeria including the promotion of Nollywood and Kannywood.
“This is to contribute to economic growth and job creation, as well as providing a road map for the sector’s development.
“The policy document seeks to create interventions schemes focused on offering subsidy to the creative arts industry in order to promote stand-alone businesses.”
The plans were stated in his recently released policy document which has a delivery timeline from 2019 to 2025.