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NOLLYWOOD A-LIST STARS STORM PH AS TONYE PRINCEWILL HOSTS THE FIRST NIGERIAN MOVIE PREMIERE (NNENDA) IN PH AND LAUNCHES AN ORPHANAGES AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

By Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Come September 12th, 2009 at 2.00pm, the Silver Bird Cinemas in Port Harcourt will play host to some top Nollywood stars at the screening of the Adonijah Owiriwa produced movie “Nnenda”. The force behind this Event Prince Tonye Princewill, the Rivers State AC and FOOPP Leader will be in attendance at the Premiere aimed at creating awareness of the plight of orphans in Rivers State.

Leading the pack of Nollywood stars at this epoch making event are top billed stars of the movie like screen queen Stephanie Okereke -who plays the lead character for whom the film is named-, Ramsey Noah Nigeria's leading man and lead male role in the movie, foremost Nollywood Director and Director for the movie Izu Ojukwu who has to his credit various award winning films including highly acclaimed “Sitanda”, “Across the Niger” and “White Waters”.

Also in attendance will be Van Vicker from Ghana, Lady Memry Savanhu from Zimbabwe, Uti Nwachukwu of the Big Brother Africa fame and leading Nigerian actor Francis Duru.

This historical film, first of its kind to be premiered in Port Harcourt, is also the first Nollywood feature Film to grace the Silver Bird Port Harcourt Screen. The movie, according to the Rivers State born Producer, Adonijah Owiriwa is inspired by the plight of orphans in Africa hence the Orphan Child Awareness Campaign spearheaded by the Prince of Niger Delta Politics, Prince Tonye Princewill.

By his involvement in this project Prince Tonye Princewill intends to use his veritable network of contacts to throw light on the unfortunate plight of orphans with the hope of assuaging their suffering.

The following orphanges that will be benefitting from this gesture are and participate in the premiere are: 1. The Port-Harcourt Children's Home, Borikiri 2. Seven Days Adventist Orphanage Home, Ahoada 3. Susana Orphanage Home, Oyigbo and 4. Life Time Caring Orphanage Home, Eleme Road. About thirty orphans are expected to walk the red carpet on this eventful day of 12th of September. The children from Life Time Caring Orphange Home will be performing a song on that day as well.

When Ramsey Noah was contacted on this event, he stated, “Port Harcourt is a second home to me so I am always eager to be back to the new garden city being discovered by Gov Amaechi. We are very grateful to Prince Tonye Princewill whom I learnt is sponsoring the premiere of the great film (Nnenda) geared towards creating awareness for the less-privileged in Rivers State. When reminded that he may be kidnapped, he laughed and exclaimed, “Wao! That will be fun though I know that Amaechi has destroyed every element of kidnapping and any form of criminality in Rivers State, to me “Port Harcourt is one of the safest towns in Nigeria”.

On the other hand, Prince Tonye Princewill sees the event and his involvement as exhibition of his type of politics build around the less-privileged and the best strategy on how to improve the lots of the people of Rivers State people. “The fact remains that I am a disciple of Franklin D Roosevelt which believes that "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little”. Holding tenaciously to this eternal verity, I believe that a leader should be a public servant, who strives relentlessly to put smiles on the faces of his followers without placing undue emphasis on their social status or dashing the hopes of the poor masses. I never subscribes to leadership stratum as an end but as a means to an end, the end being the socio-economic and political emancipation of the entire people of Rivers State. So on 12th September, I am assembling some of the best actors and actresses in the Movie Industry in Africa to create awareness for the orphans and I expect both our amiable Governor and some of my good friends to come around to donate towards this effort so that we collectively attend to our less privileged ones in the State.”


Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
Publicity Secretary, Rivers State AC.