BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
A cross section of Nollywood practitioners have called for the promotion of local languages as, according to them, there is a need to keep them alive.
Nollywood stars Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele, Bob Manuel, Ego Boyo and more spoke to CNBC Africa at the recently held Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA).
According to Rita, “We have to project our culture and to project our culture is better done through our language because it comes across as very believable and when it is believable, people that are watching it, they can buy into it and when they buy into it they want to be a part of that thing.”
Veteran actor Bob Manuel said, “I think it needs to start with the parents, it’s from the home, because already our national lingua franca is English, so every child that goes to school will learn how to speak English – but before going to school, a child is sitting at home with a parents and parents themselves should be able to make conversation at home and when they do that effectively, children will listen.”
Not less than four categories for movies made in indigenous African languages were featured in this year’s AMVCAs with Single Mtambalike, Dadin Kowa, Binta Ofege and Usekwu Igbo emerging best Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo films respectively.