The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed shock over the death of veteran film producer, Chico Ejiro.
The minister, in a statement on Saturday in Lagos, said the death was a huge blow to the nation’s Creative Industry in general and to Nollywood in particular.
He expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and indeed to the entire Creative Industry.
Mohammed described the late Ejiro as a prolific movie director and a shining star of Nollywood, which has – through its movies – stamped Nigeria’s creative presence all over the world.
He urged Ejiro’s family and friends to take solace in the fact that his legacy would live on.
According to him, his legacy will live on through the excellent works of the actors and actresses he helped to nurture over the years, and indeed in the progressive success of Nollywood.
“Thanks to the pace-setting work of Mr Ejiro and his contemporaries.
“Nollywood is today one of the biggest movie industries in the world, which is providing employment for many Nigerians and creating wealth for the nation.
“May God grant repose to the soul of the departed and comfort his family and friends,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ejiro died early hours of Friday (NAN)