In recognition of his immense contributions to the propagation and exportation of rich Edo cultural heritage, African’s most consistent filmmaker, Sir Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen has been honoured by National Council for Arts and Culture, organizers of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
The award, in its 32rd edition, held in Benin City, the Edo State capital and in it’s 40th year of existence singled him and musical legend, Sir Victor Uwaifo, out of millions of Nigerians recognises his ‘Man Use of Movies in the Propagation of the Rich Edo Cultural Heritage while Sir Victor got the one in the area of Music for the Propagation and Globalization of Edo Language.
In addition, I am on my way to Napel for the introduction of Nollywood to that country .. through the Napel African film festival where several of my films will be screened.
Still basking in the euphoria of his award recognition, Lancelot, will be attending the Nepal African Films Festival, Nepal, a border between India and China, alongside the Managing Director for the Nigerian Film Corporation, NFC, Jos, Mr. Chidia Maduekwe, as the only Nigerian Filmmaker invited to fly the flag of Nigeria.
He will be screening some of his movies alongside other notable foreign filmmakers in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Lancelot told omonaijablog.com that, “in my very early years of practice, I’ve been very forthright about using the instrumentality of motion pictures in propagating and celebrating our rich culture which is evident in a lot of my films that I produced.”
“We also came up with an innovative idea called, ‘celebrating and sustaining the Edo language using the instrumentality of motion pictures’, with several top-notch Edo language movies produced by me and having some of them screened on CNN and on African Magic then when they used to take some minority languages.”
Starting tomorrow November 1st – 5th, 2019, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s classics like Adesuwa, Invasion 1897 and the recently released ‘Wede’ (A classic on the evil of female genital mutilation) and a host of some of classics will be screened at the festival.
Nepal that will be hosting the event is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area.
Lancelot aside being one of the African greatest filmmakers, is also one of the greatest exports from Nigeria.