Films Can Create Jobs For The Youth-Juliet Asante

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A radio personality and an Actress, Juliet Asante, has appealed to policy makers in the country to support the film and festival industry to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.

According to her, the industry in Nigeria generates the largest employment avenues for the youth aside agriculture among others.

She said this so, because one does not need to be a strict professional with a specific qualifications to start acting.

‘You can be a lawyer or a Doctor and still act that is what acting is all about and not being a full-fledged professional.

She maintained even though education is key in the development of every individual acting is different.

One does not need to go and do a four-year degree programme at the National Arts and Films Institute before becoming an actor.

Acting is an exhibition of one’s God given talent, one can be an illiterate and still act, this where she cited the example of Mark Angel of Nigeria together with one Emmanuella where they create jokes and post on Youtube’ she explained.

From nowhere, the two individuals, a young man and a small girl are now big stars in Nigeria and the last time event organizers in Ghana, had to literally beg them to come and stage a show in Ghana, this is the power of acting.

She said, the industry employs several people downstream especially during the production stages and it is not only about acting
Madam Asante, made this comment at a forum organized under the auspices of Sheik MutawakiI Iddris, leader of the Tijaniyya Central Mosque at Madina-Zongo, ahead of the Black Star International Film Festival slated to take place next month on the needs for the youth to use films to boost their livelihood.

She said, films are cultural diplomacy to sell stories, tell stories, and market one’s country as well as boost tourism.

On his part, Sheik Mutawaki, said the industry is a vulnerable institution that has not been properly harnessed by the youth.

He appealed to the youth to relate yesterday’s history to today’s history to boost the development of the industry.

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