press release


As Zuma Film Festival 2022 Kicks off this weekend, Sunday May 1st, 2022 in Abuja,  the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Nigerian Film  Corporation’s Managing Director/Chief Executive has reiterated that Nigeria’s  future remains tied to the creative industry. Dr. Maduekwe stated this at the Zuma  Film Festival Pre-event press conference held today, Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at  the conference room of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) in  Abuja.  

Dr. Maduekwe, maintained that since its debut in 1999 and it’s rebranding in  2017 as Nigeria’s foremost and international film festival, no effort has been  spared in ensuring that the objectives of Zuma film festival are maximally  achieved, and that the collaborative partnership between the FCTA and the NFC  in mounting subsequent editions of the film festival beginning with the 12th  edition “is very significant and iconic’. Abuja has now been designated as the  official host city for Zuma film festival he further said, and that the NFC along with  FCTA are determined to use the 12th edition of the film festival themed ‘’SHOW  THE MONEY” to commence a total transformation of the film, cinema and tourism  activities of the nation, especially within the FCT. 

The NFC boss, who also Chairs the Central Organising Committee of the film  festival, commended domestic and foreign partners for their contributions and  constant positive activities that have made it possible for the successes recorded  so far with its attended impact on the nation's creative economy. NFC, he  maintained, is committed to strengthening existing partnerships and  collaborations while at the same time, providing new windows for more to  partner in its collective quest to effectively transform Nigeria’s film industry into  the bedrock of our nation’s creative economy.

Zuma film festival, 2022 package has been designed to be very engaging from the  beginning to the end with film investment and wealth creating opportunities  through the various seminars, conferences and workshops, to be facilitated and  also attended by domestic and foreign experts, as part of its major highpoints.  The film festival is scheduled to take place from 1st – 7th May 2022, at the  respective venues: NICON LUXURY Abuja (1st – 4th) and International Conference  Centre, Abuja (5th -7th). Time: 9:00am Daily. 

In her address, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Honourable Minister of State, Federal  Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), said that the great opportunity offered by  the collaborative partnership between the NFC and FCTA was apt. The envisaged  positive effect and impact will be felt within the film production rate within the  FCTA. The FCTA Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu further said it will ensure sustainable  development of Nigeria’s indigenous film industry with the ultimate aim of  making Abuja, the film creative hub for Africa, using Zuma Film Festival as the  catalyst.  

Dr. Aliyu enjoined residents of the FCT to avail themselves of the holiday window,  within the festival period as well as the rich bouquet which Zuma film festival 2022 will present and turn out en-masse to savor Abuja’s cinematic, cultural and  tourism heritages. Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu was represented by Mr. Samuel Atang,  Director of Operations and Strategy, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Federal  Capital Territory Administration.  

Brian Etuk  

Director, Public Affairs