Africa: Nigerian Entertainment creators from Abia State to hold Summit on Tourism
Abia State is blessed with abundant human resources and boasts of a large numbers of players in the Nigeria’s creative industry.
It is against this backdrop that the creative minds from the “God’s Own State” is set to hold the first edition of “Abia Creative Economy and Tourism Development Summit” in Lagos state.
The event scheduled to hold on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Banquet Hall of Four Point Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 11am, is part of activities marking Abia State’s 27th Anniversary.
Chairman, Project Team, Nollywood legend Ejike Asiegbu said the Abia Creative Economy and Tourism Development Summit” “was created for the unity and partnership of all creative industry personalities of Abia State towards creating a forum for the development of the state’s creative indusry and tourism promotion. The vision is to lay a solid foundation for the support and welfare of all Abia Creative/Entertainment Personalities across the world.”
The theme of this year’s event Asiegbu revealed is; ‘Strengthening the Global Partnership for Abia Creative Industry and Tourism Development’.
The former President Actor’s Guild of Nigeria said, ” the summit is designed to create a platform for creative and intellectual interaction amongst Abia intellectuals, Captains of Industries, Creative Industry Personalities, the International Community and Representatives of Multinational Companies in Nigeria on the “The Role of the Creative Industry and Tourism Promotion Towards Abia Development’.
“The event focuses on discovering a narrative that all constituencies can share, as we embark on the Abia creative industry business and tourism developmental objectives of taking Abia to the world stage,” the Nollywood veteran said.
Asiegbu listed some of the corporate objectives of the summit as Connecting with Target Partners for Global Acceptance for the Abia creative industry, Investment opportunities and Tourism Potentials; Communicating Key Messages to potential local and foreign investors using the faces of Abia Creative Industry personalities.
On what the day will look like: Asiegbu said the event will also feature topics by reputable Keynote Speakers, the unveiling of “Ada Abia Universe Beauty Pageant” and a mini documentary of the works of Abia creative industry personalities, investment opportunities and untapped tourism potentials in Abia State.
“The Project Team is committed with the responsibility to producing an action plan of recommendations and synergy for partnership with major stakeholders, brands, groups and well meaning personalities for the establishment of modern day structures for Abia Creative Industry and Tourism Development,” he said.
He added that the music and comedy concert will take place after the summit (on the same day) at the O’jez Entertainment Arena, National Stadium, Surulere Lagos at 7pm till dawn.
On dignitaries expected at the event. Asiegbu explained that Barrister Mrs Ngozi Nwangwa Head of Abia Tourism Board has given some assurance that she and officials of the board would be present at the two events that day.”
Chairman of the event is Dr. Chima D. Anyaso, MD/CEO,Ceeson Energy Oil & Gas Limited and Chairman Le Paris Continental Hotel, Lagos.
The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Victor Ikpeazu is Special Guest of Honour while the commissioners for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Ogbonna Obioma as well as Information, according to Asiegbu are being expected at the Summit.
Ojez Entertainment, Culture TV Concept and Forever Communications Limited are driving the idea with team members comprising Admin/Event Director; Peterson Agu
National Coordinator General Frank Dallas, Director Media Alozie Alonzo Uzoukwu, Director Presentation; Emeka Enyiocha, Director Protocol Mathew Nwankwo, Gloria Mba, Lisa Onu and Kendra Okwara will be in charge of Liaison and Welfare, and Mercy Ndukwe and Saint Maradonna are Part of Admin and Logistics.
Some of the Entertainment/Creative Industry personalities from Abia, who are also expected at the event, include Legendary highlife musician Bright Chimezie, Musicians Michael Ugochukwu Stephens (Rugged Man), Martins Okey Justice (J Martins), Innocent Onyebuchi Onyemuwa (Daddy Fresh), Yemi Eberechi Alade, Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje (Nigga Raw) gospel singer Buchi,
Actors/actresses, Gloria Anozie Young, Diewaite Ikpechukwu, Ngozi Nwosu, Nkiru Silvanus, Chinedu Ikedieze (MFR) Emeka Enyiocha, Mike Ezuruonye, Uche Jombo, Gloria Mba, Thelma Nwosu, Ugo Ugboh, Reginald Ebere, Sam Uche-Anyamele, Uche Elendu, Kalu Ikeagwu, Lisa Onu, Vera Kanu, Blessing Asibe, Ijeoma Imoh, Emeka Okoro, Uche Nnanna and Mary Uche, Chukwudi Christopher.
Others are Nnenna Nwabueze-Okonta ‘Merit’ of Living in Bondage fame, Alex Ekubo, IK Ogbonna, O. C. Ukeje, Kelechi Nwaturuba, Emma Ehumadu Totolos (Labista), Brenda Eve Ndukwe, Chinyere Nwabueze, Mary Lazarus, Florence Ngozi Sunday, Blessing Onwukwe, Chioma Toplis, Eke Umeh, Chris Akwarandu, Temple Ugo Ikeji, Paul Nkwocha, Ndi Amugo, Hilda Dokubo, Kingsley Nwokoma and William Nwokoma.
Comedians, comperes, presenters, Bright Okpocha (BasketMouth), Chioma Chigul Omeruo, Elder O, Monkals, Ajebo, among others.
Filmmakers includes Jeff Ogboso, Uzodinma Okpechi,, Anya Kalu, Aja Lekwa, Edward Uka, Frank Dallas, Wisdom Nwankwo, Aham Ekenyere, Moses Ebere.
Media practitioners, Mathew Nwankwo ( NTA), Alozie Uzoukwu (Silverbird TV), Enyinnaya Nwachukwu (GLOBACOM), Hope Opara – Festival Director Eko International Film Festival.
Ex-footballers Uche Okechukwu, Nwankwo Kanu, Ben Iroha, Kalu Uche, Uche Kalu,
Other personalities include, Kingsley Ogbonna (Dauda) – SSA to governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Entertainment and Arts, Osita Offor aka De Ultimate Commander – World Wrestling Champion, Bond Emereuwa -notable filmmaker and former president of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) Madu C.Chikwendu – top movie producer and former President of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Ikechi Uko, tourism development expert, media consultant, journalist and author, Don Onwuka – ( M. D. Oracle Productions), Emma Uduma (CEO SMAT MEDIA Productions), Nkeiru Vanessa Ugoala – CEO Nessa Studio/ Natv
Others are Michael Collins Ajereh (Donjazzi) – Music Producer, Chukwudi Egbu (Choki), Chibuike Ogwumike, Peter Chukwumerije, Barr. Onyekachi Ubani, Barr. Ezenwa Agboaja, Charles Ubani, Chief Obinna Ibiam, Chief Jude Anyansi, Great Imo and a host of other well meaning Abians.
Chairman Asiegbu concluded by saying, “We are expecting a lot of corporate bodies such as Nigerian Breweries, British American Tobacco Company, Viju Milk, Seven Up, banks, members of the National Assembly and State Assembly from Abia, Abia Tourism Board, all eminent Abia sons and daughters such as Alex Oti, Uche Ogah among many others. I want to state clearly here that this event is non-political. We are not associated with any political body.