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The Gambia is one of the many African countries that loves and welcomes Nollywood; which have helped showcase the small West African country to the world through the lens of movies, such as The Mirror Boy. As a result of this, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh awarded Nollywood stars with plots of land for them to continue making The Gambia proud; Nigeria Movie Network reports.
President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh on Saturday October 11, awarded plots of land to some top Nollywood stars including Francis Duru, Segun Arinze, Monalisa Chinda, Patience Ozokwor, Eucharia Anunobi, and Ghanaian Actress Jackie Appiah.
Speaking through his vice president Dr. Mrs Isatou Njie-Saidy, who represented his excellency at the presentation held at the Presidential palace in Banjul. The President said as part of his belief in Pan-Africanism, Nollywood has helped to showcase out values and heritage on the world stage.
He said he’s rewarding and encouraging the visiting Nollywood stars to come and make the Gambia part of their own. 'Nollywood and Ghollywood have been able to capture and tell our stories better than any outsider can do. Africans relate to your stories and same with those in the diaspora and the Caribbeans and around the world.'
The President urged the stars not to rest on their oars but take it as a big challenge to do more and add value to what they are already doing. You are great African ambassadors he said and you must continue to achieve and surpass what you have today you have made us proud. He told them to See themselves as Gambians and take advantage of the land offer and build homes for the future.
In his response, leader of the group, Mr Francis Duru thanked President Jammeh for his generosity and expressed his colleagues' gratitude and how humbled, overwhelmed and honoured they are to receive the free plots of land. Mr Duru and his colleagues pledged to work hard to create opportunities for emerging and budding Gambian stars. We are just a call away he said. We shall work hard to build and encourage emerging new stars from the Gambia.
The Beneficiaries of the land gifts include Francis Duru, Segun Arinze, Monalisa Chinda, Patience Ozokwor, Eucharia Anunobi, Ejike Asiegbu, Tony Umez, Ngozi Ezeonu, Kanayo O Kanayo, Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya) Harry B Anyanwu, Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme, Rukiat Masud and Ghanaian sultry Actress Jackie Appiah.
What words do you have for the Nollywood Stars giving free plots of land, and the Gambia President.