Major stakeholders in the Nigerian entertainment industry have thrown their weight behind the uniform health insurance scheme initiative by the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Convention.
Stakeholders including the Copyright Society of Nigeria, COSON; Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN; Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria, TAMPAM, among others support the programme.
The Chairman of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji described it as an ingenious and timely plan as many entertainers do not take seriously their health and retirement plans. The General Manager of COSON, Mr.ChineduChukwuji also applauded the plan and noted that the much importance should be placed on health rather than driving flashy cars.
The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), IbinaboFiberesima, who championed the same cause for AGN last year, is more than excited about the arrangement and noted that it is a good thing for the entire entertainment industry.
The Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Cover also extends to Kannywood, the Hausa film industry which constitutes about 30% of the Nigerian film industry. Several stakeholders from Kannywood have also spoken highly of the project.
Other major stakeholders that have identified with the event include top Nigerian DJ- Jimmy Jatt; foremost artiste manager- EfeOmorogbe; founder of Storm 360-Obi Asika, A-list comedian- Ali Baba; founder of Nigeria Music Video Awards- CallyIkpe, founder of Headies Awards- Ayo Animashaun, founder of BEAT FM- Chris Ubosi, widely respected actress-Joke Silva, highly respected industry veteran- Edi Lawani, founder of Kennis Music- Kenny Ogungbe, experienced artiste business manager-Tony Nwakalor, Top Comedian- Julius Agwu, President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Kelvin Luciano, top actress and leader on N17, FolukeDaramola-Salako and many others.
The convention is a major feature for the maiden edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Lecture Series (NEILS) and it’s in partnership with National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Lagos State Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Medical Association.
It is billed to hold on July 22nd, 2014 at the Grand Ball Room of Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island – Lagos.