By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Ghanaian Producer Leila Djansi went and said the abominable, she compared Nollywood to Hitler.
Now, trust my country people, they went in hard and supported Stella Damasus who on a regular day, they don’t seem to like.
However, are we sure we are not guilty of the same thing Leila Djansi has done? That is, with an attitude and so much guts, compare the biggest film industry in Africa to one of the worst people in human history.
Now maybe not in those exact words but abeg, Leila is not the first person to do this. We are just mad that she was the one who did the bashing not us.
I remember seeing on my TL on twitter last week, a friend asking the question, “What do you think is wrong with Nollywood?”
Now this friend is neither an Actor or a Screenwriter or a Director or anything remotely linked to Nollywood. He, just like many others, just picked the Nollywood topic and decided to ask questions about it.
Ah-mean, if it is not Buhari, GEJ, APC/PDP, Dasuki Gate, then it better be Nollywood (we don suffer) responsible for Naija’s issues.
As usual, people (who have no clue what they are saying or what the struggles of Nollywood are) started tweeting in 140 characters or less, what they believe is Nollywood’s ultimate disease.
I was pissed at a point, I actually wanted to say something but because I have grown a lot in the past years (and I’m taking Jesus seriously), I left Twitter for a while and returned much later when I was certain the foolery would have passed.
Now, let us leave those clueless people on Twitter somewhere and discuss the people who are actually in Nollywood but who swear they would never touch Nollywood with a NEPA pole.
I have actually met people who look like you have asked them, “Will you like shit with your Jollof Rice?” when you ask them if they watch Nollywood movies.
And interestingly, these people are either Screenwriters or Directors or people who are working in the business.
Hilarious right? Thought so too.
I have learnt that when you start working as a Banker in the average Bank in Nigeria, one of the first things you actually do is open an account with said Bank.
I mean, it is only fair you invest in what you’re selling right?
But as a Writer or Director in Nollywood, you do not watch Nollywood (and yes Asaba Nollywood inclusive!) movies? Like how do you…
But hey, I’m sleep.
Now before we bash Leila Djansi for her insensitive comparison, let’s talk about the people in this country (in the business or not) who bash Nollywood at any given time, who never see anything right in what we do as an Industry and who always become Stevie Wonder to our efforts just so they can sound cool in conversations.
Let’s talk about people, who the last movie they saw featured Segun Arinze when he was slim, Sandra Achums, and Zack Orji when he had black beard.
People who have not spent one naira and will not spend one naira on a Nollywood movie at the cinemas, yet, think in their minds that they have an idea what is wrong with the Industry.
How do you know what is wrong with an Industry when you do not even know what is going on with it?
How do you have an opinion about ish you know scarce nothing about?
And how do you go for Leila Djansi when y’all are both guilty of the same damn thing?