The Nigerian Federal Government has announced a partnership with Japan and France to develop the Nigerian movie industry through the production of animated movies.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the second edition of the Animated Film Festival organised by the Japanese and French Embassies in Abuja on Wednesday, that the collaboration was put in place to help Nigeria explore another aspect of movie making and to diversify the economy.
“What we have seen here is another genre of movie making and I am sure we will be able to partner with both Japanese and French embassies in the capacity we are building for our movie industry.
“We agreed to work together because the Japanese are developing this animation industry quite tremendously and they promised to partner with us again in capacity building.
“With technology in the movie industry, the potentials are limitless,” he said.
Speaking about the importance of the animation market, the French Ambassador to Nigeria Denys Gauer said, “Animated film is very well developed in many parts of the world that is why we organised this festival with the Japanese Embassy, bringing Japanese and French production and screening them here in Abuja. Animation in France occupies a lot of people and in Japan it is a trademark.
“So, you see how important it has become even for the image of modernity and of creativity of a country and at the same time it is a business.
“It brings in money and there is a new market to occupy in Nigeria; that is why we want to make it more visible and cooperate to develop that segment in Nigeria.”
Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Sadanobu Kusaoke also said that he hoped the partnership would be a platform for exchange of ideas as there’s much to be be learned from Nollywood and Nigeria’s filmmaking.