By PALANG KASMI
Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong has restated his willingness to support the creativity of Plateau citizens, who continue to break records in the arts and entertainment industry.
He stated this while commending veteran film Producer and Director, Steve Gukas, over his latest breakthrough at the Africa Magic Viewer Choice Awards (AMVCA), where his movie, ‘ Living in Bondage’ won the Best Overall Movie Award, at the 7th edition of the event in Lagos.
Lalong described the feat by Steve Gukas as another testimony of the abundant talent that Plateau State is blessed with.
“My administration will continue to support creative talents for economic and social gains”.
“Steve continues to break the records in the entertainment industry and is an example of the true Plateau spirit that thrives on creativity, excellence and hard work. He has not only made us proud, but also continues to inspire and mentor many younger talents in the creative industry. We are proud of him”, he said.
According to the Gov. “on the night of glamour when the awards were held in Lagos, Steve Gukas’ work won awards for; Best Cinematography, Best, Sound Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Movie West AFRICA, Trailblazer Award for Lead Actor, Best Director, and Best overall Movie.
In a similar development, Governor Lalong has congratulated another up-coming Nigerian filmmaker and citizen of Plateau State, Miss Uren Makut who has been selected among ten Africans to participate in this year’s UNESCO-Nara Residency for Young African Female Filmmakers in Japan.
Miss Makut, a 27year-old Director and Producer, is also creator of a training centre for young filmmakers from Plateau State. She was recently announced among the 10 winners by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, in a side event of the 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Paris.
Makut is the only winner from Northern Nigeria, selected along with a scriptwriter and assistant director, Moyowa Bakare from Southwestern Nigeria.
The two awardees from Nigeria will join their fellows from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal and South Africa, in residence in Tawara, in Nara Prefecture, from 29 March to 12 April this year for the Residency programme.