This year’s Nollywood Health And Entertainment Summit (NHAES) will hold on Saturday, October 28, at the Conference/Banquet Hall of the National Art Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. The event, which will provide a platform for stakeholders to brainstorm on issues affecting the industry, especially health-related, will also have stakeholders in the country’s health sector in attendance.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos to herald the summit, the National President of NHAES, Mr. Victor Osuagwu said the event has become necessary due to the ugly trend in the industry, where stakeholders go cap in hand in a bit to care for ailing members.
“The aim of this press conference is to intimate you with our plans and activities for the forthcoming Nollywood Health and Entertainment Summit. The honorable Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole is the special guest of honour at this historic event and he has assured us of his esteemed presence. Also, the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode is coming as our Chief Host and we are equally expecting several dignitaries from different walks of life. We are ready to welcome and entertain all of them at the event,” the actor said.
On the involvement of Nollywood guilds in the project, Osuagwu said the yearly event will bring together popular Nollywood actors, celebrities, stakeholders in the health and wellness sectors, NGOs and the general public for health awareness and sensitisation.
Under the theme, Live To Reap (Fight Against Cancer), which is in line with 2017 WHO’s theme on breast cancer, the summit, according to Osuagwu, promises to be a rewarding experience for practitioners, as well as the industry in general.
“Already, over 1000 guests and celebrities have indicated interest to be at this year’s event. At NHAES, we strive to create awareness on health issues and diseases prevalent in our society as well as the preventive measures and proper information on how to access medical care. We want to bring in artistes and Nollywood celebrities to act as advocates or ambassadors to promote healthcare awareness,” he said.
The summit will also feature free medical check-up, as well as create access to health care insurance professionals on health insurance packages available for practitioners.
“This kind of initiative will help mitigate the way we usually go public to appeal for funds for our ailing colleagues and celebrities. Such situations could be avoided with proper education on health care and health-related issues,” he said.