Blood is presently boiling in Gambia over the allocation of plots of land to some Nollywood and Ghollywood movie stars by the Gambian president.
The prominent Gambian filmmaker Prince Bubcarr Aminata Sankanu is reported to have described the recipients as scavengers, who are out to milk Gambia’s government dry.
He questioned why the Gambian president, Dr Sheik AJ Jammeh, gave land to the stars as many Gambians are living in abject poverty and that such giveaways will not benefit the economy of Gambia nor her people.
Segun Arinze. Chinedu Ikedieze and Gambian President
Prince Sankanu also reminded the president that he will not be there forever and so should not give out what belongs to all of them to foreigners.
Read excerpts from Prince Bubacarr’s statement below:
“The senseless wastage of our scarce resources on money-hungry foreign musicians and movie stars is scratching on those red lines. I am therefore calling on the named home video peoples not to rush in developing the land that President Jammeh reportedly allocated them. For over 10 years, we have been reading reports on how Nigerian video film stars, and of late Ghanaian ones, are airlifted into the Gambia to serve as presidential event decorations. They are rewarded millions from our Gambian tax revenues without measurable lasting benefits to our creative economy. If at all the monies are from President Jammeh’s personal savings before he became President of the Republic of The Gambia on the 22 July 1994, I for one would not care. But the funds that are wasted on the Nigerian and Ghanaian hustlers are generated through our taxes and remittances and we have the right to speak out on it.”
Movie stars that benefitted from the land gifts include Monalisa Chinda, Patience Ozokwor, Eucharia Anunobi, Ejike Asiegbu, Francis Duru, Segun Arinze, Kanayo O Kanayo, Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme, Rukiat Masud, Tony Umez, Ngozi Ezeonu, Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya) Harry B Anyanwu, and many Ghanaian stars.