Nollywood: Government Must Wake Up And Do More – Omotola
Ace Nollywood actress cum musician, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to wake up and do more for the Nollywood movie industry in the aspect of development.
The 39 year old expressed dismay that the present administration was bragging globally about the Nollywood industry while playing lip service to it.
Speaking in a recent interview with The Cable, the 39 year old thespian while highlighting the benefits that can accrue from developing the industry said: “I think the government needs to wake up. They go around the world and they brag about Nollywood. Why would you brag about something you’re not developing? It’s not as if they are not doing anything but it’s not enough. They need to understand that Nollywood is a force in itself, it needs a ministry of its own.
“For a long time, Nollywood was the only thing Nigerians in the diaspora had to brag about Nigeria. We also have a problem in this country, we won’t allow ourselves to be great because we know each other but we support white people if they try to do something. If people in the diaspora say anything bad about Nigeria, Nigerians there use Nollywood movies to show that there are mansions in Nigeria.
“My daughter, who is schooling in America, had to show some students Nollywood movies because some of them think that Africans still swing from trees and have children with catarrh running down their noses. I just came back from India where I attended the African Development Bank convention about Agriculture.
“Nollywood is the second employer of labour after agriculture. I think they are even lying, if they want to be sincere, Nollywood might be number one but they say Agriculture because everyone plants. That’s how much Nollywood has achieved. I think it is a challenge to Osinbajo who is now in charge, it might take Buhari a long time to understand or be difficult for him because he is coming from another generation but Osinbajo needs to understand how important this is and quickly start steps that will develop the industry.”
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