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The Future Of Filmmaking In Nigeria Is Not Dependent On Pointing Out Flaws Of Others

BY DANIEL ORIAHI

Nollywood like Hollywood and Bollywood, has a perceived stereotype by audiences world wide. Whether a local filmmaker chooses to identify or distance their self with that stereotype is entirely up to them.

Though things evolve over time, as change is imminent, history will only remember those whose actions have contributed to our collective journey thus far. 

Years ago, I was a Nollywood pessimist until I realized if not an already striving community of low-budget, B-movie marketers and less informed filmmakers existed, there would not have been an indigenous industry to identify in the first place.

Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo - Daniel Oriahi
Daniel Oriahi directed “Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo”

I’ve grown tired of enlightening aspiring and self-acclaimed filmmakers that the future of film making in Nigeria is not dependent on pointing out the flaws of others whose journeys have inevitably brought us recognition and prosperity in just over 25 years but rather the task is for us to define the next 25 years and upwards. 

This Herculean task equally requires a lot of sacrifices and battles in the midst of daunting  challenges and limitations to get films made.

Films that would hopefully change the perception of the Nollywood stereotype in the years to come.

Once we can understand these tasks require years to achieve, probably we would get off our butts and social media rantings and set forth at dawn.
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