SA , Nigeria key to steering Africa to greatness
Alex Eyengho is the President of the Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP) made the assertion following a recent visit to the South African country where he met officials from Brand South Africa, a brand tasked to mark the country internationally.
Eyengho noted the film industry was one of the platforms that were readily available to tell a positive narrative abroad about the continent.
“I believe that we need to tell this narrative first to ourselves as Africans in order to get to know each other better and appreciate our differences as strengths that each of us can tap into at any given
moment,” he said.
Eyengho said Africa should share with the world its story from its own perspective through film and any other form of creative arts.
“We have a common history and heritage, for example we still need to tell the common narrative about Africa’s role in supporting the initiatives that dismantled the shackles of apartheid in South Africa,” he said.
“To undertake such initiatives requires resolute leadership, it is for this reason that I assert that Nigeria and South Africa need to lead the continent to attain its greatness.”
He said therefore, Brand South Africa’s initiatives, not only in Nigeria but also to the continent, were commendable efforts to drive Africa’s competitiveness.
“As we journey towards the centenary since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU), we need to emphasise more on our commonalities as we build the ‘Brand Africa’ that we all want to see by 2063.”
Nigeria and South Africa are the two leading economic and political heavyweights.
However, relations between the two countries have been frost over the years.
There have been hopes of reviving cordial ties following the recent visit to Nigeria by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma.
– CAJ News
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