Nollywood Actress Chioma Okoye has urged the Anambra State Traditional Rulers and Stakeholders of Igbo extraction to champion the promotion and advancement of Igbo language and culture, as obtainable in other tribes in Nigeria.
She made the plea when a group of Film Makers made the official presentation of the Movie Premiere “Anyanwu Ututu,” to the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, at the Government House, Awka.
Chioma Okoye, pointed out that other tribes are proud of their root and promote anything that relates to it, stressing that film making has socio-cultural and economic importance in showcasing cultural and traditional heritage .
”I am pleading to our brothers and sisters to helps us promote shooting of Igbo films. I decided to come back from Lagos to shoot this film to make a statement that it is possible to start from home and also key into our philosophy of think home. This if well supported will help to provide jobs for our youths here without travelling out and enhance our language usage” she stated.
Miss Okoye who stressed that about eighty five percent of Nollywood movies are acted by the Igbos extraction, lamented that one of the challenges faced by producers of Igbo movies is negligence, and called on Ndi Igbo living outside their states who are forty years of age and
above to adopt the think home philosophy and bring part of their resources acquired outside the region to develop their home states.
A film producer, Chief Osita Okeke, popularly known among the industry as Ossy Affason, canvassed for support and encouragement from the Royal Fathers, government and individuals to help nurse budding talents, and keep the Igbo spirit alive, as is obtainable in other tribes.
Also speaking at the presentation, Mrs Lizzy Uwaezuoke of the National Film and Video Censors Board Lagos, stressed that from the data available to them, numerous movies are done in other languages but not much in Igbo language, which she said is pathetic, pointing out that if more movies are produced in Igbo language, the Igbo culture will definitely receive a boost for job creation.
In his remark, the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Alfred Achebe who is also the Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, commended the initiative which he said if sustained will go a long way to encourage the Igbo populace to appreciate and use their
language as well as adopt their Customs and Traditions.
Igwe Achebe called on Igbos, especially parents, guardians and teachers to inculcate the Igbo spirit in their wards as a means of saving the language and Culture from going into extinction.