Emeka Mba’s evening with film and TV giants

ONE of such moods that are sure to make the new Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Emeka Mba feel-at-home was the one created via a cocktail party in his honour penultimate Wednesday.

While the DG may yet be taking inventory of his performance as helmsman of the National Film and Video Censors Board from where he has just retired, the presence, at the cocktail, of some film practitioners with whom he had had it rough in the course of his previous assignment may have given him an assurance of fair play.

Obviously overwhelmed at the turn out of people at the reception which held at the Four Points Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Mba, didn’t shy away from pointing at Igwe Gabosky, a frontline film producer and marketer, as one of those he differed with at a point on matters of principle.

The roll call was impressive; from Amaka Igwe, who led the Nigerian Entertainment Business Group (NEBG) conveners of the party to Olu Jacobs and wife, Joke, Obi Asika of Storm Records, Tajuddeen Adepetu of Soundcity, Ego Boyo, Chris Ihidero, Chris Ubosi, Engr. Lekan Onimole, Charles Igwe, Femi Ayeni, and Seye Kehinde of City People magazine.

Other personalities at the event include: General Manager; Consumer Marketing MTN, Kolawole Oyeyemi; Chairman, Art Gallery owners Association of Nigeria, Chief Frank Okonta; former Director General, Nigerian Lottery Commission, Peter Igho, actors Ejike Asiegbu, Emeka Ossai, Igwe Gabosky, and Big Brother Africa host, IK Osakioduwa.

Giving a brief introduction on what NEBG stands for, movie producer, Amaka Igwe noted that “the Nigerian Entertainment Business Group is an alliance by key organisations who aim to bridge the gap between Africa’s media industry and investors.” She urged the gathering to have fun, even as they use the platform to talk business.

Mba, while expressing gratitude for the honour done him, solicited the support of all on what he described as ‘the journey ahead’: “I’m here to say thank you and I pray that with your support, we can make Nigeria a broadcasting hub. I also want to encourage us all to have a creative thought leadership that even if we can’t help you, we won’t stand in the way of progress.” He added.

The Nigerian Entertainment Business Group (NEBG) is a strategic alliance of the key and leading business operators in the Creative Industries, which looks to building sound and robust foundations for current and future Businesses in the Creative Enterprise Sector.

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