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Give us good movies Nigerian tells Filmmaker and Census board

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A filmmaker and Producer, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen on Friday revealed the reason why Black Americans walked out of the Cinema hall when 'Invasion 1897' movie premier was shown in the United States.

The movie according to him, was produced in 2005 as a product of the invasion of the great Benin massacre of 1897 by the British soldiers and abduction of Oba Ovoranmwen, 
was released fourteen years ago to the public.
Image result for Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen Imasuen said this yesterday during training Workshop on Media Literacy, capacity building on Film Classification, Censorship and Youth Development. The event was organized by Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State in partnership with the National Film and video Censors Board.
The Filmmaker who spoke on the topic: "The essence of Film Classification, Editing, and context Development for Youth", as a panelist at the programme, said: "When we premiered Invasion 1897 in the US, black Americans walked out of the Cinema. "They asked in amazement, Why did we use a white lady to play the role of a wife to a Hero in that film?". So, they walked sway. He appealed that NFVCB to restrict its operation to Classification of movies and allow Filmmakers and Producers to regulate their work. "The business of Classification should be for the Board. So, nobody should gag us", he said. The Chief host and Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye who delivered a goodwill message at the event, expressed hope that event will produce opportunity for participants to acquiring skills of expression of better understanding of what goes on in the industry. On his part, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, the Executive Director, Institute of Strategic and Development Communication with Nasarawa State University, emphasized the need for enforcement of code to preserve the nation's cultural values, minimize abuses and cross-cutting in accordance with global practice. The Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, lamented that the National Censors Board cannot regulate all Films and movies due to the activities of unscrupulous elements who collude with fifth Columnists to undermine the Censorship Board. Adedayo who was represented by the South South Zonal Coordinator of the Board, Mr. Onwumere Ogbonna, stressed that unapproved Films which find themselves in the market are usually discovered by the agency during enforcement. Prof. Tunde Agara, Dean College of Arts and Social Sciences, Igbinedion University, presented the Certificates of participants to attendees with a caution to put what they have learnt to impact their lives and society.

Event covered and written from Benin city by
Akpomejero Friday
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