THE FABULOUS LIFE OF A FRUSTRATED “FEEM” MAKER: 1
Today I logged on the net and first thing I saw was a tweet by another filmmaker announcing the death of Hollywood actor Robert Loggia. He died at the ripe age of 85 and I instantly recognized his face from many films or television dramas I had watched in the past. When I clicked on the link, it took me to an article announcing his death and most importantly chronicling his contributions to the industry.
Now I know you are wondering, “wetin concern you with the obituary of this accomplished Hollywood actor?” Well, if you work in the Nigerian film industry I should say plenty. It made me somewhat jealous reading about this man Loggia and the roles he had played over the years. He worked, someone actually paid attention and documented his work no matter how small or big enough to tell his story to the world. Even greater was the fact that the article contained just FACTS not PR hype cooked by some low-rent PR person of an overstuffed actor or filmmaker.
Yep! That is mainly my grouse this wonderful Sunday morning. Who is “objectively” chronicling the “fabulous” work of the people and events happening in my industry outside of the sex and scandals? When did director Andy Amenechi start directing in Nollywood? How many films has he directed? Which one is his biggest film? Is it so much to ask to know these things? This director of repute is still very much alive but is there anyone not too lazy or too poor or too dumb to record his life in the industry?
The great Sam Loco, an actor who contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood died a few years ago but till date you may not find one single article that convincingly chronicles his life in the movies. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong. It would gladden me greatly.
So who will do it? Certainly not the mainstream press more interested in where our country’s money is buried – POLITICS. Would you blame them? Not even the Chief Bloggers whose investment after years of giving them scandals to feed off are interested the nitty gritty of our careers. All we get is that standard headline “Another Nollywood so and so dies”.
The stark truth is no matter who you are in Nollywood, big or small star, popular or unpopular filmmaker, even worse if you are crew, nobody is documenting your full journey in Nollywood – not your guild (rolls eyes), not the press and not even your beloved family.
You say African’s don’t keep records so why should an exception be made for Nollywood. With due respect, we need to change that sad fact about Africans. We can’t afford to be this reckless in the 21st century? So dear “ndi feem”, change the status quo today, start a diary and chronicle your own damned life in Nollywood. Make yourself and work important enough to put down on paper.
December 7, 15 – Dear Diary, today I wrote the first article for my column “The Fabulous Life of a Frustrated Feem Maker”. May this column unburden me of my many career frustrations – Iseeee!
Have a good week ‘Ndi Feem’ and I’m out!