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The who's who of Nigerian movie industry celebrate film and culture in Benin

The Edo International Film Festival (ESIFF) kicked off in grand style on Thursday, November 30 2023 with a star-studded lineup of A-list celebrities and industry titans.

ESIFF Festival

It was attended by a diverse range of professionals, including Mary Njoku, CEO of Rok Studios; actor Ibrahim Suleiman; director Lancelot Imaseun; comedian Ali Baba; CEO of Filmhouse Cinemas Kene Mkparu; Victor Sanchez Aghahowa, Head of Production at Multichoice Nigeria; Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board; Actress, Linda Osifo, Film maker, Fred Amaka Bukola Oloyede, Head of Sony Nigeria; and many others.

The opening ceremony was a dazzling affair, with speeches from ESIFF organisers highlighting the state's rich heritage of creative talent. The event also featured the screening of a selection of short films and feature-length productions, including Scar, starring Mary Njoku and Uzee Usman, and Osato, starring veteran actress Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Big Brother Naija Winner, Phyna.

The festival's emphasis on showcasing Edo-made films is a testament to the state's vibrant film community. Edo has long been a hotbed of creative talent, with artists, musicians, and athletes all making significant contributions to the national and global scene.

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Governor Obaseki's remarks echoed this sentiment, as he emphasised the importance of nurturing homegrown talent and providing them with the resources they need to flourish.

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