BY ADENIYI A.
Do you remember the popular NTA TV drama series The Village Headmaster? Good. Now, do you remember “Oloja of Oja,” the paramount ruler? If you do, you sure must be acquainted with the veteran actor Dejumo Lewis.
Considered by many as highly intelligent, vocal and radical, the living legend in a recent chat with TS Weekend discussed Nollywood, the grouse he has with the industry, beginning with its name. He believes that it is rather cheap and belittling to have the name coined from a foreign movie industry – Hollywood. And honestly, he is probably not the only one with this view.
“Nollywood is [also] westernised – from scripting, dressing and other things. Nollywood is total nonsense; it is part of brainwashing we get from the Western world and from colonialism. What is being espoused in Nollywood is western ideology, nothing cultural,” he said.
Dejumo Lewis being a chip off the old block, demanded that actors and actresses be more concerned about their image, integrity and not be motivated by money especially if it is against morals. Citing and accusing the past President Jonathan of “buying” the bulk of actors and actresses to endorse his political ambition. According to him, “The past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan dented the image of Nollywood by giving them money to campaign for him. They also celebrated Nollywood at 20 shamelessly when the film industry started in Nigeria in the ‘50s.“