Culture And Tourism Plan (part 2) by Dr. Ifedi Okwenna

In the first part of this plan, I spoke on the need to leverage on our high-profile names, heritage and endowments to advance Cultural Tourism. It is a fact that the Nigeria Film Industry (Nollywood) is the second largest film industry in the world, and is dominated by Ndi Anambra, mostly as film producers, distributors and actors. Nollywood films mirror our culture and in some cases influence it. We should bring Nollywood home and own it. This will not only provide more job opportunities for our youths, but will promote our tourism potentials and grow the
economy of our state.

Just as the film industry, the music industry needs to be promoted and advanced. A number of young men and women from Anambra are doing very well in the
music and creative industry, but the absence of good facilities and enough patronage has stunted the growth of the Industry especially in the entire South East.

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Government will build an Entertainment/Film village in partnership with the private sector, equip the village with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure to promote quality and professionalism in the music and film industries.

This will not only reduce the cost of film making, but will further advance the Nollywood brand. The facilities shall promote the production, registration and sales of films in Anambra State and the entire globe. The music city shall attract the best of musicians to perform live on weekend bases in Anambra, making it a destination for music lovers from all over Nigeria. This will promote tourism and stimulate the economy of the State.

World Museum of Igbo History

The importance of building the World Museum of Igbo History can not be overemphasized. My government will be committed to building this all-important museum to document and present our stories. The envisaged
museum will show visual and informative exhibits and stories of the Igbo nation from precolonial times till date. It will include information on slavery, inter-tribal wars; advent of Christianity and the acceptance of western education in Igbo land, the journey to amalgamation, Independence and civil war years and the Igbo efforts for self-survival till
date. It will tell the stories of great Igbo sons and daughters who have made huge contributions to the Igbo nation.
The Proposed Museum.

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a. Will be in a 10- hectare land space earmarked for it to give provision for ample space, landscaping and a parking lot, offering visitors unique Anambra experience.

b. Government shall arrange a team of Architectural consortium from across the world, especially Ndi Anambra, to conceptualize and design it.

c. We shall assemble and consult with a multi-disciplinary team of curators, filmmakers, historians, designers, photographers etc.

d. The Museum which shall be incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, will be run outside of government and will rely on donations, contribution, sponsorships, gate fees etc.

e. The museum should make visitors nostalgic, emotional, but maintain a sense of optimism.

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It shall be planned so that a tour lasts between four and six hours. Visitors will be advised from beginning to take their time while visiting the museum especially with so much information to digest in its different sections.

i. The museum will be the most practical way for thorough understanding of the Igboman through the ages and it shall attract visitors from all parts of the world including the Igbo in the Diaspora who have lost touch with their heritage as well as Igbo sons and daughters whose ancestors were lost to slavery.

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It’s possible.

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