History was once again created on the eighth October, 2002 when Mr. GD Akpan, minister counsellor in high commission of Nigeria, formally announced the formation of Indo Nigerian Film Association and appointed Director of Asian Academy of Film & TV as its chairperson. Dr. H. Ekwuazi, Managing Director of Nigeria Film Development Corporation cum Chairperson of National Film Institute of Nigeria his deputy Mr. T. Benibo and Mrs. R. Odey, Executive Director,
National Film Video Censor Board of Nigeria were designated as the founder members of the association. Well known social worker and veteran Journalist Mr. Kamal Bhatia was named as its general secretary. This association will work for furthrer strenghening friendly ties and promote closer co-operation between the film industries of these two countries. Conveying Nigerian High Commission greetings to all and blessing to the Indo-Nigerian Film Association, Mr. GD Akpan said that the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi had indeed inspired his countrymen to seek freedom by non-violent means. Dr. H. Ekwauzi admitted that for a long time Indian films had a influence on the Nigerian filmmakers. Mr. N. Vasudevan, MD, Kerala state Film Development Corporation who was also present on this memorable occasion, offered all possible help and support to persons trained at Asian Academy of Film & TV should they do their work in kerala state.