It was not just about launching a book; it’s a special occasion to honor and appreciate the individuals who have made a significant impact in the industry over the years. Among the esteemed guests in attendance were:
Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, represented by the SSG Kogi State
Former Governor of Lagos State, Ambode
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Fayemi
Sola Shobowale (aka Toyin Tomato)
In his opening remarks, the Chairman, former Governor of Ekiti State, Olukayode Fayemi, commended all the contributors to the industry. He thanked Steve Ayorinde for bearing witness to history and looks forward to the engaging and interactive content of the book. Governor Fayemi acknowledged the positive transformation of Nigerian movies and their impact on society.
The goodwill remarks by the General Manager/CEO of National Theatre highlighted the privilege of steering the ship of the National Theatre and the vision of creating four hubs to support and nurture creative talents. He congratulated Steve Ayorinde for capturing the essence of the industry and advocates for the inclusion of this work in Nigerian universities. To showcase its importance, the General Manager purchased ten copies of the book for the National Theatre library, ensuring that Steve Ayorinde’s contribution will be remembered.
Dr. Olawunmi Oni-Buraimoh, the book reviewer, praised the book for its distinct qualities, such as semiotics and enriched content. It goes beyond a mere documentation of events, offering a deep exploration of Nigerian cinema.
The book launch was graced by several dignitaries who joined in celebrating this milestone.
Mr. Steve Ayorinde concluded the event with heartfelt gratitude, and the event came to a close, marking a memorable chapter in the history of Nigerian cinema.