The minister of Basic and Secondary Education has praised the organisers of the recently held Special Movie Awards (SMA) in The Gambia for their commitment to advancing the country’s film industry, saying Gambians are proud that young people are now not only focusing on seeking jobs but also creating jobs for themselves and others.
Speaking on behalf of His Excellency the President, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa at State House yesterday, Dr Fatou Lamin Faye told the film producers that the President has a passion for the development of young people.
The Special Movie Awards (SMA) was organised by Afrinity Productions, a Pan-African specialist in interactive media, event and content management. It was held at Coco Ocean Resort and Spa on 30th September, 2016.
The organisers were at State House to reciprocate appreciation to the Gambian leader who was the chief patron of the ceremony.
Minister Faye congratulated the recipients of the awards, saying that it has taken Gambia’s movie industry to an improving direction. She said the initiative was an excellent one and encouraged the film producers to remain united in the interest of development.
According to her, the good aspect of the awards is that it brought a real African integration in The Gambia.
Minister Faye assured them that President Jammeh will always give them the support while advising them to encourage learning from one another to continue nurturing the talents in them, saying the movie industry is evolving.
Wilfred Adams, chief executive officer of the Special Movie Awards and executive producer, thanked President Jammeh for giving them the platform to showcase their talents. “Our visit here today is to thank the President and seek his blessing for our next award in January and February 2017.”
Fanta Sidibeh, media coordinator of the Special Movie Awards, affirmed that the event was organised to recognise the efforts of film producers and artistes.
She disclosed that 37 films were submitted by 24 film production houses and that after a weeklong screening by an independent jury three nominees were unveiled in each of the 15 categories.
Sheikh Omar Sawaneh, president of Screen Actors Guild and winner of the best leading male actor, acknowledged that President Jammeh has love and passion for the development of young people.
The Award he said has moved the Gambian movie industry to another level. “The aim of our movies is to showcase Gambian culture beyond the borders of the country. Film making is a serious business that has the potential to create jobs,” he said.
by Amadou Jallow