Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has been honoured by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) as its Man of the Year.
Receiving the award at the Association’s 3rd National Convention, held in Abeokuta, Governor Amosun described the State as the home of Theatre Art in Nigeria, appreciating the association for bringing the Art back to its root.
According to him, ‘’the reward for hard work is more work and this will spur me to do more’’, promising to do more to further bring development to the State and the Theatre industry.
On his administration’s plan for the association, the Governor said, ‘’we are going to have a 50 hectares film village for the theatre industry to operate and also Museums to keep alive, memories of great legends like Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Herbert Ogunde, amongst others.
While thanking the theatre practitioners for being worthy partners in his rebuilding mission, Amosun called on them not to relent in their support for his government, pledging to deliver more on his electioneering campaign promises, even as his government winds down.
Earlier in his address, the President of TAMPAN, Prince Dele Odule, said the honour was as a result of the tremendous transformation of the State by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government.
His word, “we have decided to honour him with this award because he has changed the face of Ogun State and has proven to love the theatre industry dearly’’.
Meanwhile, the Wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, has urged members of the Theatre and Movie Practitioners of Nigeria (TAMPAN), to use their profession as a tool in impacting positively on the lives of the people.
Mrs. Amosun, represented by the State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, at the 3rd National Convention of TAMPAN, revealed that experience has shown that what Children learn today would shape their tomorrow, adding that, instilling and inculcating environmental awareness at early stage in life, was an effective way to protecting the environment.
In pursuit of this, the First Lady said instilling and inculcating environmental awareness in the young ones brought about the birth of the first hand book she wrote in support of “Green Education for The Youths, (GEFTY) in 2013.
She observed that the association’s diligence and ingenuity has created many job opportunities for the people, calling on them to use their profession to promote the rich African culture and green education.