According to the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Nnabuihe Nabbs Imegwu, “We are hosting this year’s BON nominees’ dinner because of our belief in their art and their industry; we believe that they represent the finest breed of Nollywood talents and we want to treat them to our pristine and preeminent hospitality in Rivers State.”
Dr. Imegwu further said that the Governor Rotimi Amaechi administration is acutely aware of the fact that the entertainment industry, especially Nollywood, is a major component of tourism, which the state government is committed to promoting for the advancement of its economy. “We have identified the tourism products that would assist us in driving and expanding the economic space in Rivers State, and Nollywood is a key part of that,” said the Commissioner.
The executive producer of BON, Seun Oloketuyi, says the Rivers State Government’s acceptance to sponsor the nominees’ dinner is a further testament of how far BON has come in the last five years.
“When we started preparations for this year’s edition, we promised ourselves that being our fifth anniversary, we would not do things the same way we had been doing them since inception which was why we came up with some novel activities like the Talent Meets Class which had Pat Utomi as special guest and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji, as host. We are delighted that the governor of the good people of Rivers State, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, has also identified with BON and we are optimistic of a beautiful time in Port Harcourt on Sunday.”