BY ESE DIBEBI
Yoruba Nollywood actress, Kemi Afolabi has told The Nation in an interview that the success of Yoruba films has been a motivational factor for the English-speaking part of the industry practitoners to begin making to start making films in their native languages.
Afolabi who is presently working on an ambitious all-female cast film, M’odorisa which will feature Bimbo Oshin, Peju Ogunmola, Joke Muyiwa, Tayo Odueke and about a thousand others said, “You cannot compare a Yoruba script with others. It is rich in culture.”
According to her, the other segments of Nollywood have not staye true to their cultures.
She went on, “I’ve been on the other side, I’ve done a couple of productions but I feel these people are not staying true to their culture. I can say that the Yoruba movies have actually prompted the English speaking industry to start doing Igbo movies. The Hausas are also following up.”
The actress also briefly addressed her row with fellow actress She Baby. Afolabi believes that the matter has been resloved and both parties have moved on. When she was asked if all is now well between the pair, she replied, “To the best of my knowledge it is. She said something; I addressed it and said my side of the story, there’s nothing to add.”
But she added, “Some people might dwell in controversies, some people enjoy the moment, and it doesn’t matter to them while some other people’s character is assassinated already so they try to see how much of others they can bring into their own sorry life. It’s all good. I’m not in for cheap publicity.”