columnBy Victor Ofuonye
Desmond Elliot, a top Nollywood actor,has extolled the Gambian leader, His Excellency, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh's pan-African ideals.
The much celebrated Nigerian actor made this remark yesterday during a press conference organised by War Room Gambia and T-Plus Production to inform Gambians on their upcoming activities.
"President Jammeh is well known for his criticisms of neo-colonialism as well as slavery; this, to me, is a virtue our leaders need to emulate. He loves African culture and is known for defending the principles of African tradition; in this regard as an actor, I must congratulate him," he noted.
Star actor Desmond Elliot explained that as a pan-African, he is happy to be involved in kick starting movie production in The Gambia. "We Africans are one people; Obaseki's attempt to encourage young upcoming artists in The Gambia is laudable and as such, it is with pride that am involved in it," he enthused.
He encouraged Gambian artists to take acting seriously because according to him, "as far as there are numerous stars in the sky, so also there abound numerous stars here in The Gambia."Sunday Olanipekun of War Room, in his statement at the press briefing said: "T-Plus in partnership with the War Room are here to premier a new movie called, "Spirit of Africa". The reason for choosing The Gambia as the venue for the premier of this movie, he explained, is based on the country's well known love for Africa as always exhibited by His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh.
Tom Ovie Obaseki of T-Plus Productions, maintained that this is not their first time of shooting a movie in The Gambia.
"This is just a premier of one of the films we shot here in The Gambia. The movie will be premiered on Saturday 26th September, 2009," he revealed. "We are here to stay and as such we will commence shooting our next film called 'Gambia Holiday' on Saturday 26 September, 2009," he further revealed.
Obaseki added that his company believes that there is an abundance of talent here in The Gambia and that as such, "we will be involved in harnessing and nurturing these talents so that they can blossom into stars." The group's next movie will have a cast of 90% Gambian talents. The 'Gambia Holiday' they said, is expected to showcase Africa in a positive light. "The movie calls for a sober reflection amongst Africans and also goes to show that we can solve our own problems by ourselves in an amicable manner that will glorify the traditional African tradition of peace and unity without undue interference of the west," said Obaseki.