Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), GCFR, has thrown his weight behind the 2017 edition of ZUMA Film Festival, ZUFF, billed to hold at the prestigious Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja, from December 1 through 3rd.

ZUMA Film Festival, Nigeria’s foremost film festival is under the auspices of the Nigerian Film Corporation.

The first edition of the festival, known then as Nigerian National Film Festival was held in 1999, at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

However, the name of the festival was changed to ZUMA Film Festival in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A statement from the festival secretariat and signed by Brian Etuk, (Coordinator, Press and General Media) says that General Yakubu Gowon, is elated by the decision of NFC to host the film festival and use it as a platform to sustain the narratives on the need for Nigerians to live together as one great people.

The former Head of State commended the management of NFC under Dr. Chidia Maduekwe (Managing Director/Chief Executive) for providing the necessary environment for the development of Nigeria’s motion picture industry.

Gowon said, during an NFC management visit to him recently in Abuja that Nigeria’s creative industry, especially the film sector has grown in leaps and bounds, with the capacity to shape the thinking and behaviors of Nigerians.

Gowon said it was against the background of NFC’s achievements and the Corporation’s desire to sustain its contributions to the overall growth of the nation that he threw his weight behind ZUMA Film Festival 2017 and subsequently accepted to Chair the annual film lecture.

The 8th edition of the NFC Annual Film Lecture, with the theme “Sustaining Socio-Cultural and Political Integration in Nigeria: The Film Perspective” will to be delivered by Professor Femi Shaka, film scholar and Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The lecture to be delivered on day two of ZUMA film festival 2017, (Saturday, December 2nd) will provide the fulcrum for all Nigerians, especially motion picture practitioners to address the current narratives of threats to our country’s unity, peace and progress through the development of positive images and stories, translated into moving images that portray and reinforce  tendencies that promote our diverse cultures, economies, languages and dialects, yet as one indivisible nation.

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