LAGOS, NIGERIA -
The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dame Abimbola Emmanuella Fashola has called on Catholic Artistes to be effective agents of positive change in the social life of the country.
The First lady made this call in her goodwill message at the public presentation of two new films by the Catholic Artistes and Entertainers Association of Nigeria (CAEAN) at the Holy Cross Cathedral Hall, recently in Lagos. The message was delivered by a Senior official of the Lagos State Government, Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde who represented the governor’s wife.
According to Dame Fashola, who was the Mother of the Day at the ceremony, there is need for the restoration of good moral and social values in the Nigerian nation and Catholic Artistes have a major role to play in this perspective.
Dame Fashola added that there is need to restore the country to the glorious path of the past which was full of righteousness, godliness and love of the human person. She urged them to continue to impact positively on the life of the people through the production of films with Christian morals and values to facilitate the needed positive change in the Nigerian society.
In his own remarks, the Vicar General of Lagos Archdiocese, Monsignor Bernard Okodua described film acting as a veritable tool of evangelization adding that it is a great thing that Catholic professionals are working together to promote Catholic Social Teachings, morality, integrity and core African values through their films.
Msgr. Okodua who represented Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the Grand Patron of the association, called on all to imbibe Christian values to make life better adding that Catholics should support the CAEAN project for the purpose of education and evangelization “which are better done in our way of everyday life and not only on the pulpit, through Catechism and other spiritual activities.”
The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Pat Utomi in his message noted that movies can impact positively on the life of the people adding that the Church must stand up to protect the interests of the masses and promote Christian values in the society.
The President of CAEAN, Commander C.O.C Nze, in his welcome address called on all Catholic faithful to support the activities of the association, noting that through production of films that promote Christian and African social values, the Nigerian society can become a better one where sanctity of life and dignity of the human person is upheld. He later outlined the needs of the association to enable her combat social vices through production of Catholic- Social-Teachings-motivated films.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life including a representative of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.