Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
A popular Ijaw movie producer and actress Mrs. Ann Bekele has denied the allegation that she and her team misused the N10million naira and other donation made for the production of the widely sold Ijaw film.
Ann, who is the chairman of Annog Creation, a movie production company said money donated for Amara film was used for the purpose on which the money was donated, adding that his company coughs out half of the money donated to ensure the success of the firm.
The Ijaw movie producer, an indigene of Southern Ijaw in Bayelsa state made this clarification during her birthday yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital where she resides with her family.
She said any one who wants to know the truth of how much they spent in producing Amara film should come to her company for clarification.
She noted that Ijaw film has been facing a lot of challenges unlike Yoruba and Ibo Film which enjoys the support of many people coming to partner with them.
“There is nothing wrong if people want to find out the truths of how we spend the money that was donated for the production of Amara film. One thing I want the public to know especially the Ijaw people is that we didn’t squandered the N10milion donated for the Amara Firm but it was judiciously utilized.
“The firm which was directed by Ndubisi Oko is a traditional firm, created to assist the culture of Ijaw people and for them to know the important of coming home rather than residing outside from their main home. So because Ijaw people appreciated the movie it was distributed free.”
She said they would have made million out of sale from Amara film which was premiere in London if those who sponsored the movie have allow them to get a marketer for general public use.
She also revealed that Annog Kreations is presently pushing for more than N500million project with Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for youth development in the film industry.
“We are hopeful that NDDC will approve our proposal, we want to train youths in different area of film making and other area like acting, makeup artiste, location planners, directors and so on. This is one of our ways to reduce youths’ restiveness in the Niger Delta region.”