BY ESE DIBEBI
A Ghanaian filmmaker, Leila Djansi, has likened the Nigerian filmmaking industry to former German dictator and leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler.
Djansi made this shocking and controversial comparison while speaking in the 2015 Rachid Dhibou and Jimmy Jean-Louis documentary, Jimmy Goes to Nollywood. Responding to question in the documentary which she features in alongside Ama K. Abebrese, Ebbe Bassey and others, Djansi said that calling the new crop of filmmakers in Nigeria Nollywood was like naming a child Hitler.
“I don’t think those people, this new crop of film industry people be put under the umbrella of Nollywood, they should be called independent film because a name carries a lot. If you start tagging it Nollywood, every negative connotation that comes with Nollywood…it’s like calling your son Hitler,” said Djansi who directed the 2011 film, Ties that Bind which got a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It is expected that the filmmaker’s statement will receive widespread backlash from African filmmakers, especially her Nollywood counterparts. US-based actress, Stella Damasus has already posted a YouTube video criticising the Ghanaian heavily for her comments.