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Nollywood has boosted the Nigerian economy with over $7.2 billion – AGN

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The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Emeka Rollas, has made a revelation that no doubt, Nollywood has contributed about $7.2 billion to the Nigerians economy.

Rollas made the revelation at the launch of the AGN Foundation and one year anniversary of the Guild under his watch.
The AGN national president, who also inaugurated a 14-man committee to run the affairs of the Foundation, stated that the foundation would serve as a platform to unite the actors In Nigeria, bringing them together for a common goal especially during community development projects.

Rollas further suggested that the foundation would be used to assist veteran members in times of health challenges and demise, adding that the foundation was also set up for veteran actors who set the pace for the present, but have been neglected and abandoned in the past, and as such, retired wretched and in bad shape.
According to Rollas, “There is need to assist these veterans in times of need in order to show them their efforts were not wasted.”

While stressing the need to fund community development projects, which the AGN president described as important to the Guild, Rollas highlighted the objectives of the foundation to include: Taking care of health needs of veteran celebrities especially at old age, engaging in community development and also ensuring that they reach out to the down trodden in the society, as part of AGN Foundation social responsibility.

Rollas equally argued that Nollywood has accounted for more than 1.4 percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The AGN President posited that, “Veterans who have contributed to the development of the Industry most times do not have anything to fall back on, after so long number of years of service.

“Some move on to other businesses or sectors, while some faces vanish with time. “In the recent past, the Guild has lost prominent veteran actors to serious illnesses due to certain medial conditions which could have been averted if there was a medium or platform set aside to harness the strength of the association to fund medical treatment of our own or a source for funding from philanthropist or Nigerians to help rescue their legends.”

Rollas listed actors such as Enebeli Elebuwa, Justus Esiri, Arshely Nwosu, Dave Ihesie, Sam Loco Efe, Muna Obiekwe, Peter Bunor, and Prince James Uche and host of others, as veterans who lost their life owing to certain medical conditions.

Among those who made the list of the 14-man committee is Segun Arinze (Chairman), Steve Egboh, Susan Peters, Don Pedro, Ruth Kadiri and Arinze Okonkwo.

Others are Ali Nuhu, Waziri Hong, Gloria Mba amongst others.

Shortly after their inauguration, the committee chairman, Arinze, expressed satisfaction for the opportunity given to him to head the committee.
Arinze, who is the former national president of the AGN also expressed sadness over the challenges encountered by actors which has made them metamorphosed to beggars, when morbidity is what they could receive.

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