which has celebrated about 20 years of its recognized existence, not only has thousands of movies to its credit, but has also been serving as one of the major employers of labour in Nigeria and an actual foundation for the finding and cultivation of talents in the Nigerian entertainment industry. NOLLYWOOD,
is supposed to symbolize the rich cultural, artistic and ethical heritage of Nigeria,and indeed, Africa known to attach so much value to moral decency, awareness and integrity.
is supposed to be the pride of Nigeria and Africa and a medium through which the country’s image is better designed and portrayed as a place with people of peace, love, unity, honesty and as a matter of fact, a place where morality reigns while obscenity is highly despised. But what seems to have become of Nollywood
in recent times, truly leaves much to be desired in this regard.
Right now, NOLLYWOOD
is a place where nudity and all manners of vices trend without a moral lesson at the end of the movie. The Censors Board and other regulatory bodies in the industry have to live up to expectations. They have to sit up and help reclaim our moral values from total collapse.
They say NOLLYWOOD
is the third largest movie industry in the world. Yes! It may even be the largest, but what about the quality of the industry in terms of the movies produced and the actors? Acting should be a PRESTIGIOUS and CLASSY occupation but the reverse is the case in NOLLYWOOD,
where the industry is considered to be for the empty skulls, mediocres and people lacking principles and values. NOLLYWOOD
is now seen as a dumping ground for people who have spent years in various night clubs and hotels and finally decide to retire. It has become so bad such that when you see an irresponsible person, people will start suggesting he or she enters into nollywood
. Its very painful. Acting and everything that work together to bring out a movie is and should be for the creative and very intelligent people.
Acting is a profession and a noble one at that. But the QUESTION is: does NOLLYWOOD
depict creativity? When are we going to be able to make a movie that will be world standard? We can achieve it if we will stop cutting corners, trying at all costs to cut costs, thinking just about maximizing profit without thinking about quality. Doing the same story over and over again but with different titles. Making six movies in six days. Directors doing their jobs professionally and not seeing roles as a bait to lure girls to warm their beds. The problem starts from the story then to the audition where most directors give roles to people based on sentiments. You see some directors who give roles to ladies just because they have warmed his bed. He doesn’t care if they can interpret the roles. He doesn’t care if they really represent the role they are to play.
When will NOLLYWOOD
get better? Everyone is a director, producer and script writer. Is this supposed to be so? I was discussing this with someone and I got a shocking revelation. He said in NOLLYWOOD
most movies are half baked because people now sort of get promoted. He said a location manager can be promoted to a director without adequate training. Once you know the executive producer, you can become his director. That’s really pathetic! When are going to start using good cameras for our movies? A good camera does a lot. Even when the story is poor, we can just enjoy the clarity of the film. Please NOLLYWOOD
should start using good cameras. Apart from using good cameras, the people who shoot these movies should be adequately trained on camera movement. And there should be proper editing too. I was watching one of the poorest movie NOLLYWOOD
ever produced “ASO EBI GIRLS/ BRIDE PRICE”
a lady sat down and her panties was showing.
When are we going to start getting the “make up” right? Imagine a 2013 movie I was watching last Saturday titled “THE GENERALS”
, the camera was not just poor, the story was so shallow, then when someone was shot dead, the blood from her body was pure tomato paste. I mean we should be able to do better at this stage. When are we going to have a NOLLYWOOD
that we can boast of? When are we going to realize that acting is serious business and for the intelligent and creative people not for every Tom, Dick and Harry. Even though the mediocres in NOLLYWOOD
dominate,we still have some good movies. I was very impressed the day I watched “THE LAST FLIGHT TO ABUJA”
it is a very good movie. Some other movies like “MR AND MRS”, “TANGO WITH ME”, “GIRLS’ COT, season2” and soon to be released “THE PATIENT”.
I saw the trailer of this movie “THE PATIENT” and sincerely, i can’t wait for it to be released. “LEKKI WIVES”
is also one soap opera I watched and I was greatly impressed. Some of those movies i mentioned are cinema standard, but most people wont want to go to the cinema to watch a Nollywood
movie. They are scared it may not be worth the money and time and this has got to stop. NOLLYWOOD
may be filled with mediocres and very untalented people who feel that all there is to acting is being unnecessarily controversial, nudity, bleaching, acquiring multiple tattoos and body piercing but there are still many actors in Nollywood
that we are proud of. Actors like, Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Noah, Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs, Mercy Johnson, Nkem Owoh, Ngozi Ezeonu, Rita Dominic, Nse Ikpe, Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot, Jim Iyke, Uche Odoputa, Omotola Jalade, Bimbo Akintola, Chioma Chukwuka, Adaora Ukoh, Funke Akindele, Muna Obiekwe, Stephanie Okereke, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Ifunanya Igwe, Eucharia Anunobi, Kate Henshaw, Jide Kosoko etc.
Producers, Directors and the censors board, please come together and make NOLLYWOOD better
. We love Nollywood
but we want standard movies. Dear readers, i would love you to share your opinions and thoughts. Be Inspired! Be Enlightened!! Be Motivated!!!
By Marilyn Anona. @poshmarilyn