Information Minister charges youths to explore diversities

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has charged youths in the country to explore the beauty in the nation’s diversities.

Alhaji Mohammed gave the charge in an exclusive interview with Voice of Nigeria on the sidelines of the premiere of a film ‘Hakkunde,’ at the Genesis Cinemas in Lagos.

The Minister who commended the film producers for a job well done, stressed the need for the nation to remain united as an indivisible entity due to the myriads of opportunities available to the citizens across the length and breadth of Nigeria, as depicted by the film.

According to him the young people must also desist from drug abuse as the future holds a lot of prospects for as many that do not lose faith.

“The film is unique in the sense that it addresses a lot of vices in the society, it opens our eyes to what happens in the North in particular, the superstition and drug abuse; but more importantly, the fact that a person can leave Lagos and go to Kaduna, make a fortune, become one of them and marry from that place, it also tells us about education and what we need to do as a government to improve the educational system there, so it is an excellent film that tells many stories about Nigeria,” Alhaji Mohammed added.

Enabling environment

The Minister then affirmed that the government would continue to create enabling environment for the Nigerian film Industry through infrastructural investments and viable laws that would protect intellectual property.

“One of the things we did two weeks ago was to organise an international conference on how to finance the creative industry, where we emphasised on the need to come up with good laws, regulations and create of an enabling environment,” he said.

The movie

‘Hakkunde,’ from the stable of Asurf films, is an indigenous movie with 100 percent local content which chronicles the plight of school leavers and the reality of life outside the Ivory Tower of the academia.

The movie however climaxed as the main dramatis personae- Frank Donga with stage name Akande, after years of fruitless efforts to get a job, travelled from southern Nigeria to the northern part, where he eventually made fortune from cow dung, a discovery which changed his name from Akande to- ‘Hakkunde: The Poo Explorer.’

The Producer, Oluseyi Asurf, who revealed that the movie would hit the stands from the 4th of August, stated that the creative piece was “a byproduct of blood and sweat.”