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Ondo State Government has reiterated its determination to harness and develop talents inherent in indigenous artists based in the state.

Speaking while playing host to the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Ondo State chapter in Akure, the state capital,the state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi said the present administration in the state is poised to develop local contents so that talents could be identified for the lucrative entertainment industry.

According to him, “the state government, under the leadership of Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is willing and ready to support home grown talents for the development of the state through creative art”

He added that the support given to artists who are currently working on a production titled “dansaki” in the state was one of the mandate of the ministry to support and promote Ondo State based artists.

Mr. Olowolabi also used the forum to laud the effort of the producer of the film, Mr. Ojo Ogundoju of the O.J plus one media for his productivity and expertise in production of the movie.

It would be recalled that the ministry organised sensitisation programme for artists, entertainers films and video practitioners in 2018, where the government pledged to support Ondo State based artists to develop the entertainment industry and to establish a film office in the state ministry of information and orientation.

The establishment of the film office aimed at creating an enabling environment for the entertainment industry to thrive in the state, where artists and movie producers can shoot their movies by making use of the many beautiful locations available in the state.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the team, Mr. Tope Faturoti appreciated the state government through the ministry of information and orientation for assisting them with equipment needed for the shooting of the movie.

Mr. Faturoti noted that the ministry supported them with modern cameras, location vehicle and other logistics that were needed for the production of film.

He added that the gesture by the present government was first of its kind in the state since the creation of the state over four decades ago, noting that it would encourage them put in their best.

The actor also stated that the support they received from the ministry shows that the present admiration has confidence in artists based in the state unlike what obtained in the past when government patronised artists outside the state.

He, therefore promised that the association would support the state government at achieving the desired goals in tapping and developing home based talents, which he said would go a long way in showcasing the state to the outside world.


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