Popularly known as the prince of the Niger Delta, Tonye Princewill belongs to the crop of Nigerian politicians who are bent on promoting the entrepreneurial spirit of youths, especially in the entertainment industry.
In recognition of this and many other giant strides of this youthful Rivers State- born politician, the newly elected national executive of the Association of Movie Producers, AMP, recently appointed him as a patron.
Announcing the appointment recently in Abuja, National President of the apex body of movie producers in Nigeria, Mr Ralph Nwadike, accompanied by the Vice President, Ms Chinasa Onyechere, and Chairman of the Abuja chapter of the association, Mrs Imaobong Abia, said the appointment is in view of the passion and commitment of Mr Princewill towards the upliftment of the industry.
“This appointment was done in recognition of the passion and commitment of this great Nigerian towards the activities of Nollywood and the entertainment industry in general. We are honoured to have him in our midst and we are willing to work with him in all fronts to actualise his numerous dreams of transforming the fortunes of Nollywood practitioners.”
Princewill, who played host to his guests at his Maitama residence in Abuja, appreciated them for the honour.
“I wish to appreciate you all for appointing me a patron of your association. Let it be known that I am not motivated by the title of a patron, but my vision for Nollywood is to ensure that practitioners are well rewarded. I want us to join hands to devise a model that can guarantee a future for our practitioners. I hate where people work like elephants and feed like ants, it is not acceptable. We must turn around the fortunes of Nollywood for the better. The nation’s oil boom era is giving way, Nollywood should take over,” he said.
It would be recalled that over the years, Princewill had made huge investments in Nollywood that led to the production of the highly successful movie, ‘NNENDA’ and another yet to be released blockbuster ‘76’, which is billed for premiere before the end of the first quarter of this year.

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