Eid-el-Kabir: High patronage at the Abuja cinemas

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By Oluwaseun Sonde

It was a fun free holiday as Abuja cinemas recorded high patronage. People were seen on Monday and Tuesday in Abuja trooping into the Genesis and Silverbird Cinemas respectively to see movies and have some fun with families and friends to commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir.

Some of the fun seekers who spoke in separate interview with our reporter said they used the holiday period to relax and bond with families and friends.

Alhaji Danjuma said “During a festive season like this, Muslims share food items, gifts

Sallah meat and also take time to bond with families and friends.

“Sallah is a time for togetherness, and an opportunity to also unite with loved ones one has not seen over a long period of time.

“Prices of food items have come down except for ram which were a bit expensive this year. With the number of people here you can deduce that people are not complaining,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Adebayo Ruyakat said she came with her kids to the cinema to see new movies.

“Despite the fact that there is hardship in the country, I still have to bring the kids out to have some fun.

“We are here to watch the `Lion King’’ and enjoy the sallah,’’ she said.

Mrs Animasaun Faith, a fun seeker, said she was at the Cinema to enjoy the holiday and have fun with her kids.

“I am not a Muslim, but the Sallah celebration has given me an opportunity to take my kids out.

“They have been yearning to see the `Lion king’.

“The celebration is for everyone to take a break from work and bond with the family.

“I do not think that the state of the economy has stopped anything, people are all over the place having fun,’’ she said.

Mr James Akaaj, a Manager at the Genesis Cinema said that the cinemas recorded a lot of patronage.

“So far, so good, the cinemas have caught the eyes of fun seekers across the FCT during this Sallah celebration.

“During festive seasons like this, we record large turnout of movie lovers and fun seekers.

Akaaj said a movie costs about N2000 per kid to view while each adult pays N2,500.

Also speaking, Mr George Nkoyo ,CEO of Nkoyo restaurant said that patronage was really high compared to the previous year.

“Our customers are not complaining at all. We have a high number of customers coming to patronise us,” he said.

Our reports shown that the most trending movies are; “Lion king’’, “Angry Birds’’, “Off Shore’’ and “Spider Man’’.

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