Saving Nollywood

Truth be told, Nollywood is in deep trouble. Don’t conclude yet that you know its troubles because there are more that meet the eyes. I’m one person who believes in Nollywood and its revolutionization in no distance time. Yes, I see a Nigerian story that will take the world by storm. A story that will not only take Hollywood to drawing board but will bring out the true image of the giant of Africa. Do we ever imagine that we have films like ‘The Figurine’, ‘The Last Flight To Abuja’, ‘ The Mirror Boy’, and recently Chimamanda Adichie’s adaptation of ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’?

To save Nollywood from the thousands of present troubles, we all must stand up to action. Stop being an armed chair critic or social media caricature of our films, even Hollywood and Bollywood make bad films. The titles of Nollywood films will get you cracked up before watching the film. Take for instance ‘ASUU Strike’, ‘Chocolate Pinging Salon’, ‘Dorobucci Girls’, ‘Missing School Girls’ etc. Casting is another headache, why should Segun Arinze father a Ramsey Nouah? Why should Pete Edochie wear same beard whether he’s playing wealthy or wretched man? Why would we have a man playing the character of a ‘dibia’ and you see him having either ‘punk’ or ‘galas’ haircut? What happened to dreadlocks?

Scripting is another issue. Sometimes I begin to wonder if some Nollywood films are scripted or the producer or whosoever that’s in charge decides on whatever each of the characters say or do. Atleast, script in every film project gives both cast and crew a lead. Location makes Nollywood films look terrible if not how can a Clem Ohamaeze (a wretched farmer) live in a house nicely painted with iron sheetings?
Make ups and costumes don’t really go well with Nollywood. Why would we have Jim Iyke as an accident victim and we watched clearly him hitting his head on the dashboard, but in the hospital his legs and hands are squeezed up in bandages?. Tell me reasons we won’t use sacks as costumes on an epic film? Is it that our producers and directors didn’t read history before going into a film project? Did we have wrappers before or after the coming the whitemen?

Why would Nollywood hell bent on recycling stories? If Director Pee made huge success in a film titled ‘Detective Ibu’. It is another thing for producer CeeCee to create a different project not coming with recycled script of ‘Osuofia Investicates’. The new trend is making the likes Nkem Owoh and Funke, Chiwetalu Agu and Ngozi Ezeonu, John Okafor and Eniola Badmus go to school.
Nollywood we should stop this mentality of ritual and charms’ stories. The world might think that the likes of Dangote and Adenuga are ritualists.

Now, solving the problems of Nollywood like I said earlier it’s not all about talking but coming out to act. You might never have all the resources in the world, but you need to start somewhere. If we must wrestle Nollywood from captivity and mediocrity, let’s come together to tell a better Nigerian story. Hollywood and Bollywood were never built around those that didn’t believe in what tomorrow’s porridge yam of today’s sweat. Nollywood is ours, lets reclaim it.

2 thoughts on “Saving Nollywood” by Uchechukwu Obiakor (@uchechukwu1)

  1. I’m with you on this. I did see mirror boy though and wasn’t impressed. Yet to see Last Flight to Abuja. Nollywood is more important to Nigeria than we think. I recently saw “The meeting” by Rita Dominic, it had its flaw (just a few) but it was a great movie, nice quality, good plot, reasonable dialogue. Nollywood’s future isnt 2 good movies a year but we all must contribute to it.

  2. I think the Nollywood industry can do far greater things. Surely, the best Nigerian movies have not been produced yet. However, to achieve the dream of a great Nollywood is in our hands. Let’s keep working and talking that our thespians will continue to improve their art. Acting is an art and it always has room for fulfilment.

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