Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka led by its Vice Chancellor, Prof Josephat Ahaneku yesterday honoured some of its former students making Nigeria proud in the film industry, Nollywood. They are Oge Okoye, Uju Okeke and Ken Eric Ugo.
The University wore a festive mood with the guests as it premiered its maiden Cinematic Film, titled ‘Diary of a Campus Girl’, which it said is the first of its kind in a Nigerian university.
The film will run for three days in the Amphi-theatre of the university’s Department of Theatre and Film Studies, beginning from Friday to Monday.
The premiere attracted a large number of the university’s staff, students, friends, well-wishers and philanthropists, as well as the Vice Chancellor Professor Joseph Ebere Ahaneku and wife, Dr Gladys Ahaneku , an Associate Professor, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Charles Esimone, traditional rulers, including that of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, that of Akpo, Igwe Okpalazecha, Ezeigbo Lagos among others.
Prof Ahaneku said the occasion was an exhibition of excellence “to celebrate excellence, to produce what we preach because this is the first professional film in the Nigerian university system.
“We are using this opportunity to let people know that while we teach in the university, we are training people so that they can secure jobs even in school.
“We are encouraging other segments of the institution and other institutions in this country to key into this level of entrepreneurship. As we do our teaching, let us practise some of these things in order to engage the youths and also take our knowledge to town.
“So, we are here to say to the world that we are giving what we call a model in the Nollywood industry. “We are giving a model that represents what film production, from presentation and the acting process should look like in terms of model”, Ahaneku said.
According to him, UNIZIK has since transited from entrepreneurship to agropreneurship in which agriculture is the driving engine and transpreneurship where linkages with foreign universities are the order of the day.
Also speaking, Prof. Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh, head of department of Theatre and Film Studies which formed the cast of the film said the university produced the film because it wants to translate its training into practice now that country talks about diversification of the economy.