The 2017 edition of ZUMA Film Festival, ZUFF, has begun today, December 1 at the prestigious Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja and would run through to the 3rd. It is organized annually by the Nigerian Film Corporation and is considered Nigeria’s foremost film festival. The festival was initiated in 1999 at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos as Nigerian National Film Festival before the name was changed in 2006 and subsequently moved to Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Vanguard Newspaper reports that the statement from the festival secretariat signed by Brian Etuk, (Coordinator, Press and General Media) revealed the delightfulness of General Yakubu Gowon, an erstwhile Head of State on the decision of the organizers of the festival to use its platform to sustain the narratives on the need for Nigerians to live together as one great people. He 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 and accepted their invitation to Chair the annual film lecture tagged ‘Sustaining Socio-cultural and Political Integration in Nigeria: The Film Perspective’ which will be delivered by Professor Femi Shaka, film scholar and Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Additionally, the lecture to be delivered on day two of the festival 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.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper