Ajaere takes over as Movies Producers president, pledges reforms

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Members of the Association of Movies Producers (AMP) have elected Mr. Mykel Paris Ajaere as their national president.

The election, which held at the Association Secretariat at number 16, Bassey Ogamba Street, Sururelere, on Saturday, saw Ajaere emerging as the national president in a keenly contested election.

Ajaere got 25 votes to defeat his opponent, Peace Anyian Osigwe, who scored 13 votes in the election which was strictly conducted under the guidelines on social distancing by the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The election was conducted both physically and virtually while members of the state chapter watched on zoom and also cast their votes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ifeanyi Ezekwe emerged as the National Secretary, while Roseya Okwoli is the Vice President, Wisdom Nwankwo, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Opeyemi Olusanya, Treasurer and Chioma Rose Ukeaja, Financial Secretary.

The president-elect, in his acceptance speech, said his tenure would be all-inclusive, while the long term goal would be to transform the Nollywood industry as ‘the Biggest Black Film industry’.

He reeled out his 10-point agenda of reform for the association which include rebranding the association secretariat to become a hub for producers and to be a befitting place with modern information technology that would enable a digital space which host virtual meetings, conferences and data base of AMP members, including payment of dues online.

Also, to bring all aggrieved members and unified all producers under one umbrella, amend the constitution and establish regional vice president and committees.

“We are also going to create welfare packages for our members, which include health insurance, pension scheme, also brokering a Nollywood film industry finance scheme between AMP and Central Bank of Nigeria for more flexible terms for receiving loans.

“The loan is specifically for our members to draw and boost production funds at single digit interest. Also, creating film fund which would be stipulated by the national film policy. “We will also engage other stakeholders to fight piracy, organise film festivals and I will also use my international contact to repatriate our royalties in French-speaking countries and other African countries”.

Ajaere also paid glowing tribute to the elders, brothers and sisters of the association who had passed on.

“I also want to assure our members that the Nollywood industry is going to witness tremendous transformation and growth during my tenure”.

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