Nollywood? Not Again!

Nollywood? Not Again!

“Let’s go to the cinema,” I told my boyfriend. I was bored and wanted to watch someone’s work. Of course, it also helped that going to the cinema in Uyo here was quite cheap compared to that of Lagos. That meant we could watch movies as much as we wanted and even if we watched a crappy movie we wouldn’t complain because at N100, you’d hardly had any need to, at least not the way you would complain if you were in Port Harcourt or Lagos. Before anyone screams at the rate, I’d say this in Akwa Ibom’s defence, our Governor wanted a place like that so bad that he agreed to subsidize the rate to that ridiculous amount, even though it has eventually gone up to N250 – at least to reduce the activities of those ‘bush girls’ who steal tissue from the toilets, never flush and scribble their names on the toilet’s door – that hasn’t stopped the crowd especially those from Calabar, who cannot stay away from fun places.

 

This Easter was our free time from work and the rest, so we went with the aim of watching two movies. I saw TRUE CITIZENS and I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES our indigenous movies amongst the foreign ones on the catalogue and after pleading, coercing, sulking and finally pleading again, my boyfriend – who is no fan of our local movies – agreed to let us watch our indigenous movies. My aim was to see what they allowed to go up on the big screen and as I pointed out to my boyfriend, I wanted to watch and learn, so in essence I wanted to critique those movies. I had heard a lot about I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES especially since it was premiered in Uyo and all that.

 

I have this to say for the movies, one was pure crap and the other was a little above crap, which leads me to the aim of this article, who is to blame when a movie is crap, the Writer, Director or Editor?

I have been made to understand that the role of a Director isn’t that easy since he has to visualize the vision of the Writer, I guess that’s why some Writers become Directors for some of their works and yet it still isn’t enough, a Director is like a Referee on the field of play, his word just like the referee’s whistle is final.

The Editor whose job it is to cut out unwanted footage is like a Surgeon that has to perform a delicate surgery like a boob job, nose or lip suction; cut out too much and leave behind a job not well done and that cannot be reversed or cut out too little and leave a mess behind.

 

My grouse with TRUE CITIZENS was that the genre of the movie was not well defined. Yes, it was aimed at motivating the youths to stay true to their consciences but the moral was lost because everyone was trying to hard to speak well instead of acting. The humour was lost in most of the scene that were meant to be humourous but that is not even my grouse, it is the fact that post production team did a crappy job, continuity was zero, imagine watching a scene and then the next scene just lands at you ‘wham!’

As I sat there, a trifle annoyed, I couldn’t help remembering a fun conversation, I had with my sister and her boyfriend, I had said that if the rates were N1,500 and I happened to pick the wrong – as in dry –  movie, I would so cause a disruption in the hall that everyone would be forced to donate my money back to me just to have peace.

I’LL TAKE MY CHANCES had good editing, one or two great actors but a crappy storyline…pray tell, why write a story with many loose ends? Subplots have to tie in nicely to the larger plot at least that is what I keep hearing from established writers.

Does that mean there is no hope? I had thought that with the presence of the Cinema would ensure that producers, actors and writers put more efforts into producing a movie but I guess I have been proven wrong. Again, does this mean there is no hope? There are good movies that were shown last year, I hear the FIGURINE is quite a good movie but having never had the opportunity to watch, I cannot quite make a comment. There are many good movies out there, I know, but then again; the crowd at the cinemas is attracted to beautiful posters, a good tantalizing synopsis and a beautiful storyline. I don’t want to watch fake accents and ‘polished grammarians’ speak. I want acting, a sweet interpretation of the script by the actors and directors and an excellent post production that all combines into a wonderful story….or am I asking for too much?



76 thoughts on “Nollywood? Not Again!” by enoquin (@enoquin)

  1. I don’t think you’re asking for too much in any way. I think the blame in your question starts with the writer, and then the producer who puts in the money to make such movies. Sometimes in the Nigerian scenario, the director could just be doing a job, just like some actors will take any script that comes their way.

    I had been looking forward to I’ll Take My Chances, may still watch it if I get the opportunity here. As for True Citizens, the trailer I saw was a joke.

    As for cinema tickets at 250, I should move to Uyo. :)

    1. But I hear writers moaning on how their scripts gets watered down till it loses its essence. I have also heard from a Director how Executive Producers control the pace of movies but I think Directors need to take a stand. Still, I think everyone that has taken part in a movie should be apportioned some degree of blame

    2. @Myne As for the N250? Some people are still complaining on how too cheap/expensive it is…Imagine?!

  2. Nice issue raised Enoquin. Nollywood is crap, I’ll continue to say that. Well, I guess they’re still in business cuz some people love craps. The problem with nollywood is greed and until they have the interest of the consumers they still remain crap…

    1. Greed is almost everyone’s problem in the industry….how much will I get? is on everyone’s mind…. With the money Nollywood has made over the decades, it’s enough to build a film village but nope…everyone loves their pockets too much!

      1. @francis correction: Nollywood is mostly crap.
        I really don’t watch Naija movies. Me and the missus argue over that a lot…she just loves it.
        Well, apart from the storyline etc….I watch out for the production quality, the continuity and the props. A lot of the Nollywood movies miss the point when it comes to paying attention to details.
        The world of make-believe is all about details.
        There is really nothing much to be said for the producers, editors etc. As long as there is a market, they will keep churning out those rubbish. However, I like to think that what happened to the music industry will happen to the film industry too.
        Without all skin though….that would be something wouldn’t it? Knowing how Nigerians go to the excess.

        1. @shaifamily: Details is what the Director and editor should watch out for…One of the first movie I watched that was in my language, EKAETTE (Ini Edo & Jim Iyke) lacked too many things. The maid had her nails fixed! Come on…at least the yorubas try with their details…

  3. I don’t even know how you guys hear about Nollywood movies. Seriously.
    There is not a single good nollywood movie. The title or soundtrack alone gets me cranky.

    1. That is not true @kaycee, there are good movies from Nollywood….AMBO’s first movie SITANDA surpassed my expectations…it came out the same time AMAZING GRACE did and when I called the latter ‘crap’ inspite of all the rave, I was regarded as a lunatic that was always spoiling for an argument by my friends….
      “How can AMAZING GRACE be crap? Everyone is dying to watch it!” They yelled at me. I told them that yes, I liked the pictures because it showed that they used good cameras but everything was bad…the Amata brothers murdered my language that I nearly broke down in tears….you don’t haltingly speak my language, it should flow. And then the slaves spoke too well for slaves of the 1800s….but then I watched SITANDA and then I knew that even though it didn’t get all the rave, it was a movie well produced…..I was later vindicated by the AMAA awards show…SITANDA swept all the awards except for cinematography which went to AMAZING GRACE…
      There are good movies but they are few

    2. @kaycee

      That was before…but trust me, not anymore.
      Though there are still crappy stuff being produced but real good ones are also there.

      Try checking out the trailers for ‘The Mirror Boy’ and ‘Phone Swap’

    3. @kaycee. I TOTALLY concur.

      I like Nigeria, but I cant take Nollywood crap. Crappy storyline, crappy production. The only good thing there is the presence of naked beautiful women. *hiss*

      Emm, anybody has season two of The Event?

      1. @layrite: so other movie industries, especially HOLLYWOOD don’t have naked women?

      2. @enoquin. I made no comparison. I just mentioned what I find ‘interesting’ in their film when I’m forced to watch them. Its just me… Dont mind me.

        1. @layrite: I hear you, no mind me too

  4. Hahaha…@kaycee, You are on point..The titles are almost always discouraging…I stay in PH, I won’t waste my money to go watch a nollywood movie, no matter the hype..Simple!..

    You ain’t asking for much Enoquin, imagine having to sit through a movie where every1 is speaking with a ‘british or american’ accent…Tscheew…it can be very annoying, especially if you catch em’ fucking up still…Well done jare..$ß

    1. Yes @sibbylwhyte I agree most titles are distasteful….imagine hearing Bryan speak…he is/was Mr. Nigeria or so….perhaps we should occupy NOLLYWOOD!

  5. No you are not asking for too much, you are just been realistic with you preferences. I have a post here on NS where I also vented my frustrations at what the television screen with the “made in Nigeria” label had been turned into.
    I criticize Nigerian movies so much while watching, that I end up been angry at myself at the end,asking myself why I would burn so much of my time watching crap.
    I don’t expect or require Nigerian movies to be acted like “oyinbo films” but I do require that they be acted with some quality,in storyline,acting and production, heck, I have blamed myself for watching some American movies too, but its more with Nigerian movies

    1. @abbey: you are making plenty sense joor…the American movies self have predictable storylines and all that….I actually enjoy British movies more because apart from their accent (which is only sexy when paired with an American accent), they tell a story. Americans do abracadabra a lot but still act…NOLLYWOOD, it’s as if they do not even want to try

  6. I paid N1500 to watch “Phone Swap” at Silverbird Cinema in Ceddi plaza last week, and I was amazed at what I got as value for my money. It was my first time watching a Nigerian film at the cinema and as expected I went in to the room apprehensive. As fate would have it, it turned out that I got very very impressed by the sophistication of the movie. Acting skills were top-notch, cinematography was brilliant and the storyline was innovative and believable. I was almost moved to tears by love for the potentials that reside in my country men…and was happy to be a Nigerian. So it was not surprising to find later on that the director spent N60 million on the movie and was even gunning for an Oscar.

    So what am I trying to say? Yes, 90% of our movies would pass as crap…but there is that small percentile of good movies that demand our applause…and that show a silver lining in the dark cloud. And for now, the movies that are produced for cinema are in many ways trying to redeem the image of Nigerian movies. Slowly but surely we will get there.

    1. @Chemokopi: I saw Phone Swap on the catalogue but the picture quality was poor on paper….Now as I said I just had time for two movies…Perhaps if I have time I would watch it, that is if it is still showing…What I wanted to know is if anything is allowed to go on the big screen and I mean, anything?!

      1. I will be surprised if anything is allowed to go on the big screen…like really really surprised…because there would then be truly no hope for Nollywood. Cinema is the only visible saviour of Nollywood right now!

        *As a side note: Like you said somehwere, I did think that ‘Amazing Grace’ was all crap outside the ‘Amazing picture quality’.

        1. @chemokopi: I said ‘anything’ because TRUE CITIZENS was truly shocking!

          1. Then that is bad. But then again is it possible that the subsidy on movie tickets is somehow corrupting the process of selecting good movies for the Cinema in Uyo? Again, I think generally technical excellence (e.g crisp picture quality, good sound engineering, good acting) should be the yardstick to judge what is suitable for the big screen as these aspects of the movie are basically objective. We can assume that the “goodness” of the storyline is in the mind of the viewer…for now. Afterall, an uninteresting movie shouldn’t last long on the big screen and so with time the people responsible for producing movies would finally get that good storylines sell movies well, especially when they are backed by technical excellence.

            1. @chemokopi: when you say the ‘subsidy’, I hope you realize that this means the government balances the remaining money….why then should that act as a corrupting stuff?

              1. Yes I do realise that but the truth is if the government subsidizes, it can create an avenue for marketers and producers who are politically connected to lobby for their movies to be shown; be they good or bad. It is a very wonderful thing the government is doing but if adequate checks and balances aren’t built in, then crap could find it’s way to the big screen. You get my drift right?

                1. @chemokopi: yes, I get your drift but then again, we don’t have too many local movies showing, most of the movies are foreign ones with a sprinkle of local movies, so lobbyists wouldn’t stand a chance now, would they?

                  1. They would, in my opinion, the reason being that the competition for the few slots allowed nigerian films could boil down to a financial muzzle contest rather than one of quality; who knows who rather than what is best for viewers. Compare this scenario with the recent oil subsidy saga…

                    1. Hmmm….now I am looking at it from another angle

  7. Its not just the writer, editor and director that is to blame, every aspect is to blame. The costumier and and makeup artist, the sound director, lighting, whoever auditioned and casted, everything.

    First, the writer finishes a story in 3 days without editing what he has written, then he sells it to a director who knows little or nothing about directing… Some motherf**ker casts omotola as a model cause she’s a star and jim iyke as a painter *imagine*.

    Then the acting of the so called stars are just crap. Same facial expression in movie A as a prostitute is same facial expression in movie B as a housegirl. Makeup artist makes it even worse for the actors.

    Sound director doesn’t even have good microphones and you end up hearing more background noise than what the actors are saying. Cinematography? Poor. Accident scene? A disaster. Lighting? Below average. Child actors? *face palm*…….. DAMN.

    1. @gooseberry: I think since it’s more of a ‘let’s pick Adamma, I like the way she uses her make up….she will be a good make up artist; or Bose dresses well” Yes but do these people know that everyone has to know what a script is about before thinking of what make up or what the actors should wear….and then the child actors…so stiff and argghhhh! I have only been impressed by one child actor and it was in a television series titled “JUST THE TWO OF US”…And one thing I have always said, if you can’t go all the way in your accident and romance scene, do not prolong it and show us something shallow….but then again…

    2. Nice one @gooseberry. I feel your yarn die!

  8. There are (broadly speaking) two ways to make money.

    1. Cut costs. Sure, you might produce rubbish, but at least you wouldn’t have spent too much money in doing so. And if your clientele is happy to accept what you have to offer, even better.

    2. Maximise revenue. You can do this by spending a lot of money so that you have a top notch product/service to offer; one that you hope will have people beating their way to your shop.

    Guess which model Nollywood have chosen? :)

    1. @TolaO: hehehehehehe…aptly said!

    2. @Tola O: I don’t think it is that simple. The truth is the largest market for Nigerian films is the Nigerian Populace. Now within that populace, how many are enlightened (not educated by enlightened)? How many people can appreciate the beauty of complex plots, brilliant cinematography and superb acting?

      Again the absence of a viable and protected revenue generating model for quality Nollywood films in our harsh Nigerian economic climate has done a lot to stunt the growth of the industry. For example, Hollywood survives on the Box-office model of revenue generation. DVD sales are just secondary means of getting cash. If a Hollywood movie must bring in profits, it must survive at the box office. In Nigeria, only a few people are willing to go to the cinema to shell out N1000 and above ‘just to watch a Nigerian film’. Only a few people buy DVDs of Nigerian films, with most preferring to rent the movies. But the appetite for Nigerian movies is paradoxically very strong! And so the marketers (the cabal who control everything)…and thus most directors, actors, sound engineers etc. follow the path of least resistance to satisfy the heavy demand for Nigerian films that is not backed by the willingness to pay.

      And so we have say ten movies per thousand that are worthy of being watched. How do we even begin to find them? Ti-ni-ni-ta-na bi-ko-bi-ko?

      1. Actually, @Chemokopi, I actually agree with you. I didn’t make my comments to disparage Nollywood; I think that they are doing what they are doing because it makes good business sense.

        If Nigerians were refusing point blank to pay to watch the movies that Nollywood put out because they felt that the quality was poor, then either Nollywood would have gone out of business by now, or they would have had to improve their quality. But Nigerians aren’t ready to pay for movies that are expensive to produce, and so here we are.

        The only hope is for the cost of movie production technology to fall to the point where any one can produce movies on a budget of a few thousand dollars.

        1. and you sum the matter up perfectly sir @TolaO!

  9. All we have is crap. I was watching AIT the other day and heard that Arnold Swasnegger added 1.4 million dollars of his salary to the production of Terminator 3.

    1. @louis: can you imagine? None of our actors will even consider collecting less of a large fee to shooting a movie much less donate to the movie….

  10. Ah, Nollywood. God forbid. Not me. Never.

    1. @guywriterer: Why would you say ‘God Forbid?’, so if I produce a movie and ask you to watch for criticisms, you won’t watch? lol

      1. Aunty @enoquin, why I no go watch?? Ah! That one will be big-time betrayal of a fellow NS paddy.
        In fact, let me tell you, the day the movie of ‘Cry of a Househelp’ comes out, I will be the first person to run to the cinema to watch it!!

        1. @guywriterer:paddy mi to sure! but sorry will not even consider doing ‘Cry of a househelp’ as a movie….

  11. That’s okay. Personally, I prefer local movies that deal with local issues at home. I don’t have any business watching sophisticated movies about espionage in CIA of FBI when we have our own issues of corrupt manipulations of political authority. I actually watch for education and then, entertainment.

    1. @sontel: No one is castigating you or others who like to watch our local movies! I am only canvassing for improvement oh…..

      1. I understand. I was also only stating my preference.

  12. Hey @enoquin….

    Have you seen ‘The Mirror Boy’ and ‘Phone Swap’ ?

    I think you’ll smile after seeing these movies. And thanks for reviewing these movies…I actually never saw any reason to watch them on seeing their trailers but now you’ve further confirmed it.

    1. @Afronuts: As I told @chemokopi, the picture quality of ‘Phone Swap’ was bad on paper but if I have the chance and if it is still showing, I will watch it….

      You are welcome!

  13. We cannot deny the reality that our movies are nt top notch.But mention must be made of d fact dat efforts are bn made to improve.
    Fortunately or nt,we can only voice our experiences,our movies are reflections of our society.voila!

    1. @sambrightomo, If you read through, you will see that I am saying most and not all nollywood movies but even the few, how many publicity are there for them? And if it is a depiction of our society, must they not then be of standard?

      1. Ofcourse that doesnt mean we shdnt create standard movies.My point is our movies CANNOT go beyond d parameters of the hypocrisy and mediocrity of our society!

        1. @sambright our movies would have to go beyond mediocre, let society not bear the brunt of our ”Nigerian mentality”.

  14. @enowuin ℓ☺ℓ. Sad buh true.

    1. @shaifamily: when did my name turn to ‘enowuin?’

      1. @enoquin sorry abt that. When you are typing at abt 2am in semi darkness, it happens.

        I know u understand…mwuaaaaaah!!!

        1. @shaifamily: take it easy though…no table lamp or for that matter torch or candle light? (grins)….

          1. @enoquin ofcos, but still. Well, I got it right this time (2ice)

  15. This fake accents thing is sooooooooooooooooo annoying, they steal from the movies and our producers have failed to realise this. Give me any Nigerian movie in a local dialect(especially Yoruba) any day over the fake English movies.

    1. @elly: I wonder sometimes why the yoruba movies makes so much sense, their facial expressions and actions depict an understanding of their role…still I believe Nollywood will become an industry to be proud of

  16. Hi guys I’m new and this is my first contribution. *Yaay for me*. The problems of Nollywood are deeper than a casual observer can fully comprehend. My husband and I have an article in the latest edition of FAB magazine (An insiders perspective) just skimming the surface. (See it if you can). Haven shot two movies though as a writer/producer in Nollywood, I can tell you that we have an amazing amount of talent in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the “powers” are only looking at the bottom line. Survival for an independent producer is dependent on a level of compromise. Without that, we might as well all go and get 9 to 5 jobs. It is an ongoing battle but we are getting there. There is a new Nollywood emerging, starting from more educated financiers.

    1. @riowrites: yo! welcome to naijastories! Has @admin duly welcomed you? If not, you have the rights to demand for 1000 extra points! (just joking o)
      So what are the names of your movies and what challenges did you go through? I agree that the financiers (mostly illiterate) were making it tough for everyone since they held sway over the treasure box, thank God, as you said more educated financiers are coming into the fold.
      So you write? Good…how long does it take you to develop your story and turn it into a screenplay and what genre of writer are you?

      1. Thank you @enoquin. My movies are Growing up and Distance Between. I’ve also written for a couple of producers and I do television as well. The main challenges I faced were budgetary. 75% of the job of screen writing actually is the development which can take anything from a month to six months. The scripting is the easy part. That would on an average take four to six weeks. Unfortunately we don’t make that distinction here. I write any genre except action. I prefer suspense/thriller though and I am presently working on a romantic comedy. Phew. I hope I answered all your questions. :-)

        1. @riowrites: Well, I would like to watch your movies…at least to critique and appreciate you. I know a greenhorn or most producers lack funds for their movies. I also would like the script for either of the two movies you did….I am really interested… I have two scripts already, one is for a very low budget movie and the other will be on the average of 20 plus million…I have more ideas that I am developing.
          Incidentally, my first script is yet to finish….yet I started others like the two I mentioned and finished it in months…the idea for the first script has been penned into rough drafts but I am taking time on doing research for that script and even if I end up selling almost 75% of all my scripts, I will not sell this one and a few others, am I losing? I think not….
          If you are on facebook, add me up donnaempress@yahoo.com or send me yours so I can add you up….I have so many questions…but I do not want to stretch NaijaStories bandwidth…lol

          1. There is a review of Distance Between on Nollywood forever’s blog and you can watch it online. Will check you up on FB.

    2. Hi @RioWrites, and welcome to NS.

      Is the article you published available online? If not, can you give a very brief summary of the experience of a movie producer/director who is interested in producing quality movies? It would be great to hear another side to the story of poor quality movies.

      1. Hi @TolaO, No it is not online. From my personal experience, it is budgetary. If you wish to shoot a good quality movie you need at least N20million. Very few Executive Producers are willing to invest that kind of money. In my opinion, how will the industry grow if the expenditure far exceeds the proceeds? It is after all showBIZ!
        That affects everything else you do. A lot of producers will spend big money only on their lead characters and equipments which are paid for by the day, and everything else suffers for it. This is not necessarily how they chose to work, it is guerilla film making; what our environment has forced on the creative force here. (Do you know that to muffle external sound, sometimes the boom mic is covered with a condom?) Most old school producers do not understand why the new crop of screen writers “charge so much”. It used to be just the guys with a flair for story telling that used to do the scripts and of course remuneration was appalling. Many qualified screen writers worked in banking and other sectors, they were/are not ready to “suffer for the art”. I don’t blame them, I used to be them until I could no longer ignore the pull. Even seven years ago when I shot my first film, what screen writers were paid was dismal. Now there are professionals, trained screenwriters but not much has changed. They still expect you to turn out scripts in two weeks. How many drafts can you possibly do in two weeks? Let’s not talk about story and character development.
        We all want to write our block busters but If the big guys don’t come into Nollywood, it will not be possible.
        If you look at Nollywood stories from the fact that most of them would be in Hollywood, the preliminary draft of what would be the script, you will realize that the problem of Nollywood is not a lack of talent. If Hollywood shot first drafts, they would have the same story quality.
        The man has dropped N5million and he wants his money back sharp sharp. I got into serious trouble with a producer last year because I couldn’t deliver a script in three weeks. They think you are lazy when you say it can’t be done.
        Then the writers who “adapt” do so to the detriment of precision. (Yes precision, there is a science to screen writing that is beyond just the story.) They too, need to make a living, so they hurry and jump to the next project.
        I have a script which I have been working on for eight years, it requires plenty of CGI, I’m not going to risk it on a N20million budget and I wont sell it for N500k, so it stays on my system. Who’s losing? Me.
        For Nollywood actors, it is a shame Nigerians don’t appreciate how talented and rounded as artistes these people are. Some of them get their scripts just days to shoot. Sometimes almost nothing aids their getting into character. They have to pull it all from inside, and still they deliver, no matter how rough. I always say that If Meryl Streep came here and worked under the same conditions she would deliver the same results. For the movie GI jane, Demi Moore and most of the cast were trained by the SEALS. They had to be physically and psychologically ready to portray believable characters. This things help. Our budget does not accommodate such luxuries.
        *I am very passionate about Nollywood. I shall leave it here I’m sure you get the idea*

        1. Hmm…deep indeed! It is why I appreciate writers who direct/produce their own movies…at least they know what they want to project. As for your script of 8 years, I do not believe that you are on the loosing side…a script is basically timeless, I believe, even if you have to turn it into a shooting script in the year 2020 because you want satisfaction, methinks you should…..I am also passionate about Nollywood, I want to see it evolve and grow, I want someone to be able to turn the works of some of writers here to the big screen, it is why I believe that the cinemas – even though we need more- are helping film makers and ultimately everyone that is involved in making a movie….
          I know how cranky some executive producers are and even how most actors don’t like reading but I think we are evolving….
          In the movies you made, was it worth it for you? In terms of everything – cost/benefit ratio, exposure/publicity…

          1. I believe you about my script but it does get discouraging. Will I ever get N100million to shot a movie in Nigeria?
            I think only Jeta Amata has ever gotten that much to shoot a film in Nigeria.
            Yes indeed they have been worth it for me especially in terms of satisfaction. For exposure, it’s not been so bad but if we had more money for publicity or got to cinema, it would have been better. Financially, no but I still cant complain.

        2. @Riowrites, thanks a lot for a very detailed answer.

          Being the inquisitive person that I am, this just provokes even more questions, but I think that this will do for me for now. Thanks again!

  17. A priori, we could not speak thus far,
    the essence is that the sense of entertainment
    is come; but still at the refinery. The musical industry
    is not left out of the rise and fall, but the ‘riser’ is greater.

    Beautiful reactions though.

    1. @ostar: you are absolutely right even if you had to put it in a poem…the rise of the music industry is far greater than that of its fall and of Nollywood

  18. its like the guys in nollywood are not really hearing us or if they do they just do not want to change which is very unfortunate. nollywood movies need serious work before premiering.

  19. There are Nollywood movies AND there are Nollywood movies. The ones @enoquin speaks of are those that had been better produced – or supposedly so from the trailers – than the Alaba-Upper Iweka cheapies. These are the ones shown in the cinemas. And that’s why there is the genuine concern that, Is it just anything that can be taken to the cinemas? Sad that these hyped movies fell flat. There is a precious few in N’wood who have an idea what to do, and with them we are crawling there.

    And, yes, much as Hollywood does better, I no longer drool over many of their films, because most of them are just like their pop fiction -formulaic and for instant gratification. Nothing stays with you after. (Except, of course, the film tells me something different from the action and romcomedy norm.)

    1. @kayceenj; you couldn’t have said it better…who will have the time to watch the millions of DVDs that is churned out per second in Nollywood?

  20. BTW, @RIO: I feel you, TOTALLY. My sentiments exactly.

  21. @enoquin
    well-said…………..

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