Hope Obioma Opara
HOPE OBIOMA OPARA: is the President/Founder of the Eko International Film Festival (www.ekoiff.org
He is also an Associate Registered Practitioner in Advertising (ARPA) of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria. Member Association of Movie Production of Nigeria (AMP),Member Independent Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN).Having attended film festivals across Europe, Hope was inspired to establish a film festival in Nigeria in order to foster the growth and development of the “Nollywood” film industry. In addition, hefounded Supple Magazine.
He was a panelist at the 9th edition of annual Diplomacy Conference of the Cultural Diplomacy Department of University of Southern California in 2014 where he spoke on ‘how Film Festival create platform for cross cultural dialogue and film acting as soft power for change in the society’. He also presented a paper on ‘Film and Cultural Diplomacy Nollywood Case’ which was published in their bi annual CPD Magazine in 2016.