BY ESE DIBEBI
US-based Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus has called out Ghanaian filmmaker, Leila Djansi for likening Nollywood to infamous German dictator whose Nazi regime is believed to have been responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims, Adolf Hitler.
While speaking to Jimmy Jean-Louis in his documentary, Jimmy Goes to Nollywood, Djansi advised that the new crop of filmmakers in Nigeria should be referred to as “independent” rather than “Nollywood” – a name which she likens to Hitler’s.
In a 12-minute response posted on YouTube yesterday, Stella Damasus slammed the Ghanaian, advising her to “get her facts right” before going ahead to call the biggest film industry in Africa names.
“That is the most derogatory thing anybody can say about the Nigerian movie industry,” Stella began. She went on to point out that the reason Africans embraced and understood Djansi’s 2011 film, Ties that Bind, was because she used “one of our best – Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.“
Stella Damasus also said that Leila Djansi, by her statement, has insulted the likes of Kenneth Nnebue, Francis Agu, Tade Ogidan, Kingsley Ogoro, Segun Arinze, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji and many others who have toiled to take Nollywood to greater heights.
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