100 ACHIEVERS TEAM GREETS CHIEF CHIKA OKPALA MFR (ZEBRUDAYA) @71
...says he is an African legend
The 100 Achievers team has congratulated Chief Chika Okpala MFR (Zebrudaya) of New Masquerade fame on his 71st birthday which was celebrated last week and wished him well.
In a statement released to the press by Barr. Lizzy Anyaonu, the group commended Chief Chika Okpala for being one of the most talented Nigerians who has contributed immensely to the development of arts in Nigeria. The group praised Chief Chika Okpala for marketing Nigeria through one of the best TV series Nigeria has known.
Speaking further, the group recalled how the New Masquerade brought so many homes together and was almost the best entertainment that provided maximum fun and relaxation to homes in the 80's and 90's.
They also stated that it contributed to educational development because it was an inspiration to the younger generation, unlocking their creative ingenuity and helping to stem the tide of societal vices through the instrumentality of motion pictures. The group stated that the glory days of the New Masquerade was what eventually gave rise to what is now known as Nollywood, a billion dollar industry. They thanked Chief Okpala for motivating other younger people who were inspired by what he was doing with malapropism and would later build an entire industry fuelled by comedy, creating jobs massively and adding value to the Nigerian economy.
The group wondered why Zebrudaya's malapropism has not been inculcated into Nigeria's vocabulary as a way of creating Nigeria’s home grown lingua franca, adding that the federal government should as a matter of urgency co-opt Zebrudaya as part of the team to develop an acceptable home grown lingua franca for all Nigerians.
They prayed for God's guidance, wisdom and strength for more of his contributions to the development of our country.