BREAKING : Ayade bags another award

Gov. Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade has bagged an award of Special Ricognition by the Abuja International Film Festival.

Governor Ayade was one of the three people who received the Special Recognition award during the 16th edition of the festival held at the Silverbird Cinema Hall, Abuja yesterday.

The Festival Director, Mrs Temitope Duker said that Ayade was selected for the award based on his strides in developing the creative economy in the state, his industrialization strides as well as support for growth of tourism.

Governor Ayade has supported the development of the creative economy in the state and recently rewarded outstanding creative industry players including winners of the Linda Ayade Literary Art as well as Afi Ekong Visual Art Competitions who got one thousand pounds prize money each. 

He also supported and invested in the production of several nollywood films within the state.

In the area of tourism, the governor has brought innovation to the Carnival Calabar and Festivals with the introduction of the international carnival and the bikers carnival. He has also introduced the exotic cars show, the Miss Africa pageant and the latest, the Black Africa Music Festival.

Other awardees include, the Managing Director of Air Peace Airlines, Mr. Allen Onyema, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, the executive director of the national film and video Censors board and Mr Charles Okpaleke of the Play Network Group.

Some past winners of the award include former president Goodluck Jonathan,  Engr Musa kwankwaso, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, late Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, late Ambassador Segun Olusola.

Abuja International Film Festival is the longest running film festival in Anglophone West Africa. The festival aims to celebrate outstanding work in video film in Nigeria and promote growth in the film industry in particular and the creative industry in general.
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