Hollywood Actor, Producer and Director, Mr. Bayo Akinfemi, has said that a film crew from Hollywood would be arriving the University of Ilorin soon to hold workshops for students of the Department of the Performing Arts, and shoot a film on the campus.
Mr Akinfemi, an alumnus of the University, disclosed this last Friday (June 12, 2015), when he visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON) in his office.
The former President, Performing Arts Students Association, University of Ilorin, said it has become necessary for him to come back home and give back to the institution that gave him so much.
He explained that the proposed film would enable the students of Performing Arts to understand how to translate theory to practice, adding that it would also serve as a “calling card” to take back to Hollywood.
The Hollywood actor said that Nigeria is capable of producing Oscar Award-winning films if the enabling environment is put in place, stressing that the country should be attracting Hollywood to its movie industry. He described himself as a son that has been sent out and he is back bringing report.
Mr. Akinfemi, who noted that it is important for students to learn to translate stage acting to film, said that he is looking forward to the future. He also expressed the hope that Nigeria would soon become the golden destination for Hollywood.
Welcoming the actor back to the University campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, expressed his delight to see Mr. Akinfemi. He also congratulated the Dean of Arts, Prof. Ayo Akinwande, who supervised Mr. Akinfemi’s undergraduate project, on seeing his students excel.
The Vice-Chancellor said that Mr. Akinfemi has been able to translate the education he received at the University of Ilorin to the outside world. “You have done this for national development and for the entire world. You are flying the flag of the University really high”, Prof. Ambali told him.
Prof. Ambali also submitted that it is assuring to know that the University of Ilorin is part of Mr. Akinfemi’s future plans. He assured him that the good experience he had at the University of Ilorin is still ongoing.
He disclosed that the University is planning to establish a television station in addition to the FM radio station that is already making waves on the University campus and its environs.
Members of the University management, who joined the Vice-Chancellor to receive the Hollywood Actor were later treated to a demo clip of some of his films.
The Vice-Chancellor also received members of the Unilorin Postgraduate Students’ Association (POGSASS), who visited him in his office.
The Association, led by its President, Mr. Olorunsuwa Elijah Ola, presented a Plasma Television set for the office of the Secretary to the Vice-Chancellor as their token contribution to the University.
Mr. Olorunsuwa appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his leadership style and pleaded that outstanding postgraduate students should be considered for employment by the University.
Speaking in the same vein, the Dean, Postgraduate School, Prof. Clement Bewaji, described the donation by the students as exemplary, while calling for greater enabling environment to help the students do more.
The Vice-Chancellor, in his response, thanked POGSASS immensely, saying that they would make good leaders in the future. “You cannot be a good leader unless you are a good follower. You have demonstrated that you are a good follower by coming up with solution”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
Prof. Ambali said that the University is producing leaders for the future and assured the association that the University is concerned with the welfare of the postgraduate students. He told them that the future belongs to them, calling on them to keep flying high the flag of the University.
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