The president hosted a presidential dinner at the State House in Marina,Lagos. to celebrate Nollywood at 20.
The event which had about 750 selected guests including A-list actors, actresses, movie producers/directors, top corporate executives, politicians among others, was put together by the Presidency to celebrate the successes of Nollywood over the past 20 years.
The occasion was graced by First Lady Patience Jonathan, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra State governors, Genevieve Nnaji, Chidi Mokeme, Aki and Paw Paw, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Segun Arinze, Stephanie Linus, Patience Ozokwor, Zack Orji, Madam Kofo, Desmond Elliot, Chiwetalu Agu, Cynthia Amadi, Amaka Igwe, Dickson Iroegbu, Zeb and Chico Ejiro, Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Andy Chukwu and several others.
President Jonathan unveiled a pictorial book titled ‘Icons of Nollywood’ – and promised to pump N3 billion into Nollywood in order to empower the industry while Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom promised to finance a N50million ‘Goodluck Jonathan Prize Award’ which will be shared by the best Nollywood actor, actress, film maker and other award categories.
In his remarks, Jonathan said “Whenever I travel abroad, many of my colleagues, Presidents of other countries, ask me about Nollywood. Nollywood is our shining light. Africans are very proud of Nollywood. That is why we are here today to celebrate the success story of this national, continental and global brand.