BY ADENIYI A.
The growth of Nollywood has gone beyond what anyone can deny anymore. Even the international community is gradually sitting up to recognize the industry.
Recently, the U.S. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Mr. Charles H. Rivkin, who was in the country at the just-concluded Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce reception in Lagos, took the liberty to meet with Nollywood filmmakers and he even went on social media after to tweet the following:
#Nollywood is world’s 2nd biggest film industry. Met w/filmmakers in Lagos re: fighting piracy & protecting artists…
Earlier, he had charged the country to protect the creative industry and make sure that it is guarded against intellectual property theft and the realization is key for Nigeria to keep up with the global economy.
“… Nigeria must focus on intellectual property protections if it wants to keep up with the global knowledge economy. Given the creativity and intellectual ability and accomplishments of Nigerians in literature, film, music, software development, clothing design, and many other areas…“