Nkeiruka Silvanus is set to commence work as the Director General of The Imo State Film Academy(IFACA). She was appointed following the plans by the executive Governor, Rochas Okorocha to establish an outstanding Film Academy in the state to benefit the general public including non indigenes of the state.
Ms Nkiru has served in various capacities within and outside the state and is expected to make the academy a huge success by bringing in her wealth of experience and skills to the academy.
According to her: “The Imo Film Academy is an initiative of His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, a man of vision, a leader per excellency. The need for Imo Film Academy became very necessary and important because of his passion and love for talent and entertainment industry with the hope that it will improve, harness and create a platform to empower the youths just like he has been doing in other sectors”.
“The entertainment industry needs more of these lofty ideas and the Imo Film Academy will create an enabling environment for film making, train, educate and equip people for better acting. We will prepare them to be leaders for the industry, and more importantly it will all culminate into creative employment opportunities for the people in imo state and Nigeria at large.” she said.
According to Leadership Newspaper, The new DG who recently premiered her high definition Thriller/Adventure film ‘The Voice”, in Lagos also disclosed some of the specialized trainings the academy will offer. Some of them include Photography, Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Voice-over Voice Training, Script Writing, Costume Make Up, Set/Prop, Lightning, Continuity Screenplay, Video Editing e.t.c
However, some citizens who commented on the new initiative by his excellency commended his efforts saying it’s a welcomed development for the state while others expressed fear that it’s only a political move for 2015. According to them, if the governor wanted to promote local talent, he should have used and recognized Imo state born artistes during the recently concluded State Carnival. Like the saying goes “only time will tell”