By Bisade Ojoye
Nollywood legend and multiple award winning filmmaker, Ambassador Lancelot Oduwarene Imasuen, who is popularly known as D’Guvnor of Nollywood, will on the June 20, 2021, clock 50.
In celebration of this epoch accomplishment, a month long string of tremendous and pivotal events have been lined to take place in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, his place of birth and in Abuja, the Federal Capital City.
Joined by other notable icons, colleagues, friends, families, and those he has groomed, the event planning has been in top gear. These include amongst others:
A Filmmakers’ challenge, tagged; ”THE STATE OF THE NATION”, of which submissions have already begun and would end on May 20, 2021. The winners of this competition, would be announced and awarded on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, during The Film Directing Masterclass at Kada Cinema And Entertainment Centre, Sapele road, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria. This event is sponsored by THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY.
This will be followed by a Free Film directing masterclass birthed from the collaboration between THE DIRECTORS’ GUILD OF NIGERIA (EDO STATE CHAPTER) and THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY. It would be taking place on June 1, 2021, by 10am, at The Kada Cinema And Entertainment Centre, Sapele road, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.
There will be a One week festival of Lancelot’s films, courtesy of THE MANAGEMENT OF KADA CINEMA AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE. The festival will kick off on Friday, the 4th of June, 2021, and carry-on till Friday, June 11, 2021, by 12pm – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm daily, at Kada Cinema And Entertainment Centre, Sapele road, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.
Comedy night, themed; “LAUGHING WITH LANCELOT”, courtesy of Mc Casino and Mc Edopikin will follow.This event will hold at Rehab Bar on Friday, June 4, 2021, by 6pm. This event is proudly sponsored by THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY in conjunction with REHAB BAR.
Next is the World premiere of the movie; “WEDE”, which would be taking place on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Citadel cinema, Uromi, Edo state, Nigeria, by 4pm . This event is proudly sponsored by THE MANAGEMENT OF CITADEL CINEMA and THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY.
There will be a visit to the orphanage(s) in Benin city, Edo state on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
A poetic performance, also known as the Season of words, which has been badged; “JAKPA?”, will take place on Friday, June 11, 2021, at The National Orientation Agency Hall, along Boundary road, GRA, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria, by 1pm. This event is powered by THE BENIN POETRY KLUB in conjunction with THE BENIN WRITERS’ SOCIETY.
There will also be a Novelty match; “Actors and film-makers” versus “musicians and comedians”, which would take place on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Vuvuzuela stadium, along airport road, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria.
The World premiere of the Edo indigenous movie; “E’FENDRAL MAN”, will taking place on Sunday, June13, 2021, at The National Orientation Agency Hall, along Boundary road, GRA, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria, by 4pm. This event is supported by THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY.
Next is a Cultural night, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Surprise pub and café, 4A, Federal Avenue off Boundary road, GRA, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria, by 6pm. This event is powered by SURPRISE PUB AND CAFÉ in conjunction with THE BENIN FILM ACADEMY.
A Colloquium will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state, Nigeria, by 10am. This event is powered by THE MANAGEMENT OF IGBINEDION UNIVERSITY, OKADA.
Like icing on the cake, D’Guv’s birthday thanksgiving and reception with family and friends will take place on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at his resident in FCT, Abuja. This is powered by D’Guv’s wife, Mrs Aimuamwonsa Lancelot Imasuen.
Amb. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen disclosed that these events, especially, the Film Directing Masterclass and visit to the Orphanage would be the most important to him. “I wouldn’t have gotten to the level at which I am presently, if it weren’t for Almighty creator and the society at large which has continually supported my art and craft for over 25 years. This undoubtedly stood up for me… Therefore, it is my own little way of giving back to the society”.
Preparations for these activities have been on the apogee and one could readily tell that D’GUV’s 50th birthday commemoration would be one that would leave a mark on the sands of time.