Kwankwaso, Wamakko Clinch ‘Best Governor’ Award In London

wamakko_sokotoGov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano has received the 2013 Best Governor award of the African Film Festival and Academy for his contribution to education and youth empowerment in Kano State.

Kwankwaso and Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto, who bagged the best governor in development projects, received the awards on Saturday in London.

Wamakko was represented by Alhaji Muhammed Galadima, an official of the Nigeria High Commission in London.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Kwankwaso expressed delight for receiving the award, saying that it would further strengthen his commitment to youth development.

“I feel great and I believe this award will strengthen us to work harder for our people, especially the young men and women in the film industry.

“We are establishing a film institute in Tiga to create opportunities for training and professionalism, so that our artists can compete locally and internationally”, he said.

The governor also expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment of the students from Kano State, who are on scholarship in the UK.

“I’m highly impressed by the student’s performance, they are doing well and we will keep on supporting them,’’ he said.

NAN reports that there are lots of students from the state on scholarship in the UK for various degrees and areas of specialty.

Other personalities, who received awards for “Citizen  Support’’ include, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, Nigeria High Commissioner to the UK, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Mrs Faridah Wada, a philanthropist.

Organiser of the Award, Mr Sam Anwuzia, said that it was necessary to recognise the awardees for their contribution to film development and other areas of the nation’s economy.

Anwuzia said the Nigerian movie industry “Nollywood” had gone beyond the home movie status in Africa, to cinemas across the world.

He added that “the Film and Academy Awards will continue to project the industry internationally’’.

The event attracted many Nigerian and African artists. (NAN)

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