BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Below are four things Nollywood has taught me this past week. Well, number 2 was learnt about two weeks ago.
- You can hardly say something negative without being accused of having an agenda, “hating” or seeking attention. It works the other way round too. Say something quite nice about something/someone and it is either you have collected money, or it is because you’re shagging somebody or you’re simply looking for favours. I hate to say this, but we cannot go very far in Nollywood if we keep this mentality rather than throwing it out of the window.I recently wrote an article about how shabbily a star actress treated her fellow practitioners and I was immediately accused of hating her and trying to pull her down. Many obviously ignored the fact that barely a week before, I called her the queen of Nollywood based on her acting ability.
Not everyone has an agenda or is attention seeking.
- Nollywood is filled with so much talent and brains, it’s almost scary! Thanks, AFRIFF. Thank you for exposing some of these brilliant minds to the world. After watching many of the films on display at the festival, I couldn’t help but marvel and sometimes exclaim, “Are you kidding me?”
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t that I thought Nollywood to be full of empty barrels (there are actually empty barrels in the business, and they rely on the noise coming from inside them to stay afloat). But this was simply something to be proud of. Ishaya Bako, Ejiro Onobrakpor, Kehinde Bankole, Wole Ojo, Stanlee Ohikhuare and many more are young but glowing with skill, ideas and talent. Their works might not be a 100% breathtaking yet, but, oh, boy!
Hopefully, those “in charge” of the industry will ensure it gets well structured pretty soon so that these talents can reap the rewards of their hard work.
- If you flaunt your wealth, be prepared for what comes after. I relish no one’s tragedy. But as an adult who lives in a highly insecure country such as ours, if you intentionally push your material possession in people’s faces via blogs and social media, when events like the one which occurred last week (if true) happen, I will simply say, “You asked for it.“That does not excuse those who committed the crime though. If apprehended, they should be made to face the music.
- Nollywood is so attractive, even music stars now flirt with it. The influx of music stars into the industry albeit for cameo roles says one thing clearly: Nollywood is getting cooler. MI, Dr Sid, Davido and Sean Tizzle have joined the growing list of pilgrims from the music-making industry. Even Clarence Peters debuted his short film, Hex which got the gong in its category at the recently-concluded AFRIFF.