BY ESE DIBEBI
The new/old Nollywood debate has been going on for quite some time now but the controversial comments made by filmmakers Charles Novia, Okey Uzoeshi and Moses Inwang on Emma Ugolee‘s The Gist recently has put it back on the front burner.
Several industry stakeholders have had their say with many berating Novia for what many termed as his “careless” and “arrogant” statements.
Tina Mba, who began acting in 1989, has expressed her anger at the existence of such a debate in the first place.
“My name is Tina Mba and I have no apologies for what I’m about to say,” she began angrily after TNS asked what her opinion on the matter.
The actress who is set to star in Niyi Akinmolayan‘s controversial short film Room 315 – a script written by a 21-year old, Abosi Ogba continued, “Nollywood is Nollywood, I do not know a new, old, ancient, Stone Age, archaic…I don’t know. This is my opinion and I think it is ridiculous, people saying old and new Nollywood. So you give birth to a child, you don’t expect the child to grow and have other children? What is wrong with us, man?
“It’s irritating, I’m sorry. It’s something I’ve heard and find absolutely ridiculous. We are all actors. There is a revolution. Can we all just accept it? There are new actors, new writers and refreshingly so. Can we all appreciate the fact that you gave birth to children and your children are giving birth to children? You can’t be the star forever, sorry.”