Aug 28, 2008, 5:39 AM
As Francis Duru Ends Visit to
The Nigerian High Commissioner to The Gambia, H.E. (Mrs.) Esther John Audu, has acknowledged that the people of The Gambia are a very resourceful people when it comes to creative arts, adding that the recent Roots Homecoming Festival has served as an extremely vital platform for showcasing this.
Speaking yesterday at her Garba Jahumpa Road offices during a courtesy visit on her by Francis Duru and executive members of Chartered House Production and Tradeplus, H.E. Audu admitted that The Gambia and the Federal Republic of Nigeria have lots of similarities in terms of culture and that the two polities stand to share a lot and benefit more from each other by forming and consolidating smart partnerships and fruitful collaborations. " We are very much excited by the visit of Francis to The Gambia. He is here to promote the Nigerian culture, my own culture. He is representing Nigerian culture and I believe his presence will enable many people, especially those who want to be like him, to learn from him," she added.
Meanwhile, the visit of Francis Duru to The Gambia heralds the coming of some hot Nigerian actors to the country in July. Commenting on the subsequent visits of other notable Nigerian actors to the
She gave the assurance that her country hopes to expand their scope of cooperation with
During his discussion with High Commissioner Audu, Francis Duru posited that he was in
According to Mr Duru, the stance of
"We in the Nollywood saw the absolute need to build capacities, expand the entertainment industry, foster good trade links and social cohesion," he added.
Head of Chancery at the Nigerian High Commission, Mr. Obase Okongor, recalled that
Dr. Samuel Wilcox of Chartered House Productions thanked the Nigerian High Commissioner for taking time out of 'her busy schedule' despite the short notice.
Meanwhile, Francis Duru, who arrived in
See our subsequent editions for more on Francis' visit.