Fast-rising Nollywood actress, Somkele Iyamah is working hard to put her name on everyone’s lips.
The actress who starred in three of the eight Nollywood movies (93 Days, The Arbitration and The Wedding Party) that will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival spoke to CNN about Nollywood’s giant strides towards proper international recognition.
According to her, “It’s about time for Nollywood to start getting the right attention. I know our movies get exported, but it almost seemed like it’s because we have [Nigerian] immigrants in different parts of the world. It was still our audience demanding for it. But now a huge film festival like TIFF, this isn’t just Africans in Canada. Now we’ve gotten attention from a major film festival.”
She also mentioned that despite the challenges Nigerians are facing right now, they will still push through.
“Let’s be honest our economy is not the best right now, but we are a people that push through tribulation.
“Entertainment is always our fallback, if we get the support that we need from there government trying to curb piracy and put certain laws in place we can do better work. We can export [that] and get the box office numbers without having to go through oil or agriculture,” she said.
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