Union Bank PLC has confirmed its sponsorship of the 2015 “Lights, Camera, Africa” a film festival which kicks off today at the Federal Palace Hotel.
This is the second year running the bank will sponsor the festival.
The Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival was created to stimulate discourse on issues and experiences that are rooted in the African art industry.
It is currently in its 5thyearand the major objective is to share a diverse range of African and independent cinema including documentary, feature, animation and giving support to the work of emerging African film makers.
This star attraction at this year’s festival is the documentary film “FaajiAgba” by film-maker Remi Vaughan-Richards.
“FaajiAgba” documents the experience of KunleTejuosho who sets out to record old time master musicians includingFatai Rolling Dollar, Alaba Pedro, SF Olowookere and Sina AyindeBakarein an effort toshowcase and preserve their historical influence andmusical styles.
The movie tracks their journey over a six year period and is a funny, sobering and highly entertaining preservation of an important part of the Yoruba and Nigerian culture.
According to the Head, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Ms. Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, “Union Bank is proud to once again partner with the organisers of the Lights, Camera, Africa film festival for the second year running.
Supporting the arts is a focus area for Union Bank especially projects that promote Nigeria and its culture and history.
The Lights, Camera, Africa festival is a showcase for Nigerian and African filmmakers who are telling their own stories. This is very important to us as a bank with a strong Nigeria heritage.”
Ekezie-Ekaidem also highlighted the fact that the festival was free and encouraged members of the public to take advantage of this cultural event.
The festival runs from today September 30, through October 5, 2015 and will include a host of activities in addition to movie screenings including workshops, panel discussions, and family-friendly activities.
Attendees will also enjoy musical showcases, after-parties and the very popular Festival Souk during the 5-day fiesta.