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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.

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Fred Amata, Kate Henshaw, Uche Iwuji, Zack Orji, others for Zeb Ejiro’s new soap

Veteran Nollywood director, Zeb Ejiro is planning a return to Nigerian television with a new TV drama series titled ‘Classique’.

The director/producer who is responsible for hit soap operas like ‘Ripples’ and ‘Fortunes’ has often complained about the almost non-existent quality soaps on local television in recent times. Now, it seems he’s ready to do something about it.

NET gathered that the new series, revolves around three young graduates who decided to jointly set up a company, thereby experiencing the challenges and politics of the corporate world.

In a telephone conversation, Zeb Ejiro who seemed excited about the new soap told NET, ‘Classique will be the biggest thing to hit Nigerian television and I can tell you that it will be more exciting and entertaining than Tinsel’.

The new soap will feature stars, established and up-coming, some of which are, Uche Iwuji, Mary Eboka, Lawrence Onuzulike in the lead, while Kate Henshaw, Fred Amata, Segun Arinze, Emeka Ossai and Zack Orji will make regular appearances.

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