It was indeed a gathering of Kannywood’s most influential and prominent entertainment practitioners in Kano on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Lecture Series (NEILS) organized Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS) convention to herald the eventual roll out of the scheme from the northern region of the country.
The event which held at the General Ramat Murtala Conference Hall in Ni’imah Hotel, Kano had in attendance renowned artistes and actors like; Sani Danja, Ibrahim Abdullahi, Tumba Bubukan, Aisha Ibrahim, representatives from the Arewa Film Makers Association of Nigeria (AFMAN) led by the President, Abdullahi Sani, representatives from Guild of Directors led by the President, Nasir Gwangwazo, representatives from Guild of Directors led by the President, Aminu Sara and many others. It was indeed one of the biggest gatherings of entertainment stakeholders from that region.
Officials from two of the three partner HMOs for the scheme; Healthcare International and United Healthcare gave an insight via multimedia projections into the benefits of health insurance as well as the uniform and customized plans (standard and Ultra) for the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Scheme (NEIHIS) after the welcome address and speech by the initiators led by Mr. Seun Apara.
The major stakeholders who were present at the convention lauded the initiative and were particularly fascinated that it was specifically customized to meet the health need of all entertainment industry practitioners nationwide no matter where they practiced. It was also very well received as a welcome and positive development towards putting an end to the degrading incidences of prominent artistes and actors appealing publicly for funds to cater to their heavy medical bills under emergency situations.
The President of Arewa Film Makers of Nigeria (AFMAN), Mr. Abdullahi Sani who was one of the panelists described the scheme as the best innovation so far to safeguard the future of the Nigerian entertainment industry. “On behalf of all the members of Arewa Film Makers that constitute the Northern film industry in Nigeria popularly known as Kannywood, I want to thank NEILS for this brilliant initiative and pledge that all our members and in extension, the whole film community in Kannywood will come under the scheme”. The Presidents of Guild of Directors, Mr. Aminu and that of Producers Associations of Nigeria, Mr. Nasir Gwangwazo who were both part of the panelists also took turns to applaud the scheme and pledge the full support of the entire entertainment practitioners in the North.