I am proudly Nigerian, and I believe that no matter what, no other country will ever be like ours. We are essentially happy people. Where else do people smile at a camera when their homes have just been flooded? Where do people live in empty cartons and under bridges and still have huge-ass grins?
Back to the topic. You see, there is this little issue that’s gotten me frustrated. Nollywood. I remember the era of Liz Benson, Norbert Young, Sandra Achums, Regina Askia, Richard Mofe Damijo, Patrick Doyle, Gloria Anozie, Bimbo Akintola, Grace Amah,et al. Those glorious days of Glamour Girls, Out of Bounds, Broken Wings, Domitilla, Sakobi, Scores to Settle, The Gardener……
How do these actors, and the people who were lucky enough to watch these old movies, feel when they see the rubbish we call movies nowadays? I thank God I have neither the right nor the energy to do so, or I would probably tie our “actors”and “actresses” upside down on trees and whip the dumbness out of them!
These days, I wince when I watch Nigerian movies. Just yesterday, I saw a poster for a Nigerian movie titled “Legend of the Seeker”. I really hope it’s a joke. Now, you see people who proudly call themselves actresses, strutting around in tasteless clothes and spouting pseudo-English. It’s appalling, it’s sickening, and it’s very very annoying!
It’s a shame that the old movies that didn’t have very good quality, still have better content than what we have now. Where have all the good Nigerian scriptwriters gone to? Are they extinct because the jobs that should have been given to them were given to “Brother Chike”, “Sister Nkechi” and “Uncle Seun”?
Producers seem to be giving movie roles to members of their extended family’s extended families, instead of giving them to people who can actually act. I watched Boys’Cot a while ago, and was stunned when I heard the girl who acted as Jim Iyke’s girlfriend, comfortably say “…you could no longer afford my basic needs. What did you expect me to do? To lavish in poverty with you?”.
When will our movie industry change positively? Is it when we have to announce, like the smokers’warning ,”watching this movie will probably give you nightmares for a week”?
When I watch a movie with Ini Edo crying and licking mucus from her nose, or when I see Oge Okoye doling out good measures of poor grammar, or Tonto Dike being oh-so-aggressive, or the “sexy” Mercy Johnson being slutty, I just want to scream SAVE NOLLYWOOD- KILL YOURSELF!I wonder if they are actually acting out what’s in the script or if they are just free-styling.
Having a nice body ora pretty face does not translate into having talent.
I’ve not checked to see the new entrants into the acting world but from what I know, Kate Henshaw, Yemi Blaq, Genevieve Nnaji, Kalu Ikeagwu, Monalisa Chinda, and Stella Damasus, are some of the few reasonable actors/actresses we have in Nollywood.
We really should encourage more people to study Theatre Arts or take acting courses. OFF WITH THE AMATEURS HEADS, I say! We need professionals. There are really talented people out there. AMBO is doing its bit, but there can be more talent hunts in the country. Hollywood didn’t get to where it is by recycling some particular stars. They found new talents and groomed them.
I’m not saying we should continue being imperialised, but let’s learn lessons from them and work on ourselves. Creativity and uniqueness are very important. Let’s do what we can, to improve the quality of our home videos, so we can be proud to show them to every and anyone, foreigners included, without hiding our faces in shame.