The United Kingdom (UK) is devoted to collaborating with the Nigerian film and television industry in an effort to assist the development and expansion of Nigeria’s business and investment sector.
Helen Grant, UK Prime Minister of Trade Envoy to Nigeria, made the announcement during a two-day inaugural creative trade mission in Lagos held by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).
According to Grant, the partnership between the UK and Nigerian filmmakers aims to create new avenues for co-production and increase their participation in both countries.
The Minister was joined by Nigerian filmmakers, producers, directors, and screenwriters, which also included Mo Abudu, Mildred Okwo, Michelle Bello, Kunle Afolayan, Rogers Ofime and Damola Ademola.
Shawn Faqua, Eku Edewor and other actors had the privilege of meeting and engaging with fellow filmmakers within the UK delegation, which included Victoria Thomas, the BAFTA-nominated producer, and Debo Oluwatuminu, Africa House London Limited, as well as the British Film Institute.
The trade mission involved numerous presentations, panel discussions as well as one-on-one sessions that enabled both countries to connect and identify opportunities for collaboration.
Shading light on the trade mission, Grant indicated that after the creative sector webinar held by DIT Nigeria in May 2021, both countries were keen to consider collaboration within the film and television industry.
“The trade mission is positive, and we believe that valuable partnerships will be created. I hope that filmmakers from both countries will use this opportunity to learn and widen their understanding of the business available for them, sign co-production agreements, and encourage the UK to invest in the distinctiveness of Nollywood, the world’s second-largest film industry.”
She stated that the Government of the UK intends to host the delegation of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, for the Economic Development Forum in London on April 26, 2022. In which both countries will be discussing ways to access the market as well as initiatives to increase trade and investment through ministerial dialogue.