“Diary of a Campus Girl” Ken Erics, Ego Ugo attend movie unveiling in UNIZIK

According to the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, he said they are giving an idea that represents what film production, from presentation and the acting process should look like in terms of model.

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 unveiled a movie titled "Diary of a Campus Girl”.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku said the unveiling of the movie was an opportunity to exhibit excellence and to showcase talents.

According to him, the movie is the first professional release in the Nigerian university system.

"We are using this opportunity to let people know that while we teach in the university, we are training people so that they can secure jobs even in school, Ahaneku said.

"We are encouraging other segments of the institution and other institutions in this country to key into this level of entrepreneurship.

"As we do our teaching, let us practicalise some of these things in order to engage the youth and also take our knowledge to town,” he said.

Ahaneku described the film as a “model in the Nollywood Industry”.

According to him, we are giving an idea that represents what film production, from presentation and the acting process should look like in terms of model.

The vice chancellor said that the institution had since transited from entrepreneurship to ‘agropreneurship’ and ‘transpreneurship’.

He explained that ‘agropreneurship’ uses agriculture as a means to empower students, using professionals and encouraging small farms that would not only grow crops for sale, but also put food on tables.

"In ‘transpreneurship’ we promote enterprises like industrilisation, technology transfer, building of science par such that will generate revenue for the school and students through our international linkages.

"The Koreans have already indicated interest in building a science park in the institution,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Prof. Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh, the Head of Department of Theatre and Film Studies, said the university produced the film because it wanted to translate its training into practice.

"The country talk about diversification of the economy and that was exactly what we have done in producing this film.

"We realised that we have the professional know how, we have the artistry, we have the expertise and we have the textbook knowledge.

"It remained the practice, and so we decided that it was important to do the practice,” she said.

Utoh-Ezeajugh said many graduates from the department were already making waves in the Nollywood industry, notably Uju Okeke, Ego Ugo and Ken Ugo.

According to her, we try to use the film to address certain issues, certain matters that are pertinent to the progress, to the development of the society and development of the academia.

The chairman of the occasion and former Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ilochi Okafor (SAN) commended the initiative of the department.

Okafor, who was represented by Prof. Josephat Oguejiofor, said that the country’s film industry was the only home-made industry that was fully being patronised by citizens and foreigners.

Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to three Nollywood stars; Uju Okeke, Ego Ugo and Ken Eric Ugo, who all graduated from the institution.

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