If there is one reality that is both humbling and frightening in the entertainment industry in Nigeria, it is the spate of untimely deaths in Nollywood.
This and many other misfortunes that have befallen practitioners in recent times formed the subject of deliberation at a recent meeting of top actresses, comedians and musicians, convened at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, to discuss an upcoming occasion where all the big names in the industry would meet and pray for the industry.
At the meeting, which was called at the behest of Paul Emmanuel of Cornerstone Ministries, Victoria Island, Nollywood actresses and audience including Monalisa Chinda, Aisha Abimbola, Desmond Elliot, musicians Innocent Idibia, Patricia King of Midnight Crew and top comedians, Julius Agwu and Ayo Makun, also known as AY discussed the rationale for hosting an all star event tagged 'Shift Celebrity Prayse'.
Speaking at the gathering, comedian Ayo Makun reiterated the need to seek solutions to the myriads problems besetting the industry, adding that the way young talents are dying in Nigeria, there is fear in every artiste’s heart that they may be the next if something is not done to address the trend.
He said, "The reason why we should come together is because we want to seek a bond that keeps us together as entertainers, showing that we care for ourselves and by praising together, we are saying that it is time for us to recognise that the problem is beyond our human power and to seek a higher power in dealing with them."
Themed 'a grateful heart', the programme was organised in conjunction with the Actors Guild of Nigeria takes place on first week of February and will feature a huge gathering of major entertainers in the industry in an all day musical concert.