August 28, 2015 – Nigerian Actress Chacha Eke Joins 49 Other United Ebonyi Artistes To Be Honoured Today
Plans are underway by the Ebonyi state government to host over 50 indigenous stars from the state who are making waves in the entertainment industries.
The event which holds today is to showcase to the world, the hidden potentials of the state, using entertainment industry as the driving force and indigenes that have made the state proud in the industry.
Briefing reporters in Abakaliki, the chairman, Organising Committee, Dr Jerry Uhuo noted that prominent among the artistes are top Nollywood actress, Cha Cha Eke, and dancehall star, Patorankin, among others.
He noted that Ebonyi has great and hidden potentials which if harnessed could boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state and end over dependence on the crude oil, the major source of revenue in Nigeria.
Uhuo said: “if we can harness the kind of potentials we have, we wouldn’t have ordinarily been talking about crude oil. What we have is enough to give Ebonyi what it needed to develop”.
“We took time as committee members to tour over 40 tourist centers in Ebonyi and we found out that we have enough potential to develop the state.
“We specifically visited Amancho Cave; it is about six kilometers under the ground and right inside the cave, it has a place where you can host over 4000 persons for an occasion and we need to develop and showcase such places to the world.
“The committee felt that the only way we can get the world to know what we have is to involve those in the entertainment industry. We felt that it is important for us to bring home so many of these stars from Ebonyi so that they can see the potentials we have”.
“A lot of those big names in music industry are from Ebonyi state. In fact,in the marketing sector of music industry, Ebonyi state has the highest and 90 percent of the marketers are from Ebonyi. But they do not identify with the state because they felt the state did not identify with them and that is why we felt we could do something”.
Uhuo disclosed that they have formed a union called ‘United Ebonyi Artistes, of which all artistes from the state would be registered.
He said that the platform would afford the upcoming artistes the opportunity to develop their talents.
He noted that entertainment industry was capable of generating five hundred million Naira quarterly to the state coffers, thereby cushioning the effect of over dependence on Federal Government allocation.
[Reported By Ogochukwu Anioke, National Mirror]