Why You Should Stop Criticising Nollywood

Nollywood makes bad or worst films, yes I agree. None can dispute that, but I wish to tell the critics of Nollywood to find better jobs to do than buying pop corn to laugh out the mistakes of translation of a Yoruba film.

Nollywood might have lost its creativity and respect. Yes, it might always have recycled story. The casting might be poor, with Segun Arinze as father and Ramsey Noah as son or Pete Edochie having his beards in all films. It doesn’t matter the role he’s playing. The film title might be different from the content, ‘Skelewu Babes’, ‘Osuofia’s wedding’, ‘Okon’s wedding’, ‘Okon the Driver’, ‘Agumba the warrior’, ‘Bold 5 babes’ etc. I can list as many blunders, but they can never solve the problem of Nollywood rather the scourge will continue. We can’t help the Nigerian film industry, criticising it destructively.

If you’re such versatile critic that can write very well, why can’t you bring up a good storyline will leave your audience in bewilderment. If you say Mercy Johnson doesn’t know how to act, we now live in world where one can make films with any camera phone. Try a scene or two, you will understand the phrase ‘Acting no be beans’. Don’t see me as taking sides with Nollywood. Truth be told, I hate Nollywood films of this age. No suspense, no action, no dialogue or good soundtrack, but we must commend these ‘filmpreneurs’. They put almost their life belongings to produce a film. Ofcourse, you have to recap your investment. How many of you can willingly loan a filmmaker some money?

The Hollywood of US and the Bollywood of India were never built with much hate from their people rather lots of people supported their course. If you’re a young filmmaker in Nigeria and intended to use a neighbours wheelbarrow as prop in your project, your so called neighbour will demand you pay him. Do we have to grow like this? If you know you’re an expert in a particular field which can excel Nollywood, come out offer your ideas. Don’t sit on the fence and get angry when the bad films are churned out. Thank you.

13 thoughts on “Why You Should Stop Criticising Nollywood” by Uchechukwu Obiakor (@uchechukwu1)

  1. My greatest grouse with Nollywood critics is that they always compare it with Hollywood. It is not fair. Hollywood movies are big budget movies will Nollywood movies are shoestring movies.

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  2. This is so true….I’m guilty

  3. Personally I don’t expect Nollywood to produce big budget movies yet.But It is the simple things that they can do and don’t that is the problem.
    Why be the writer,producer,and director all at once? Most of them if ask to pay N500k for quality script will they pay?They rather write it themselves.
    How about movie titles?Google how to select a movie title that sells and see the volume of info that is available on the subject.So why not take pains?When Disney auditions they may take weeks.Many Nigerians are willing to act for almost nothing to start so why not screen well and get people who actually act and speak well?The list is endless.We need to correct the things that are well within our reach.

  4. Good suggestion. Let’s all shut our trap and embrace all that comes out from that amorphous industry!
    But by critically analysing this write-up as a discourse, i came out with the premise that you are writing from the flip-side.
    I have been in and around Nollywood for over a decade and I want to agree with you that destructive- underline destructive- criticisms cannot solve Nollywood’s problems.
    If all the stakeholders can start taking care of little details by drawing strength from informed and intelligent critique of professionals, then we shall get there.

    1. @Bandana, you’re right bro. We will get there one day. I so much believe in Nollywood.

  5. I agree with @amy78 .its not all about big budgets,a good script, some good actors and a little attention to detail is all you need to make a good film. Problem is,they don’t want to take pains to unearth a good script.neither will they take their time to audition for good actors.all na rush rush.till these trends change,I’ll keep criticising nollywood

    1. @ Sir Sam – I’ll keep criticising nollywood I’ll keep criticising nollywood I’ll keep criticising nollywood

      LOL Ha ha ha

  6. Look, we need to speak the truth at all times. Nollyhood can do much, much, much better than they are currently doing, so they should take the criticism and improve. You don’t need to do an action movie, or spend thousands of dollars. Focus on drama but do it well, hire the right type of people to write your scripts, edit well. They have the funds and the equipment, and they still come out with things that we cringe to watch. No- I think they can do better.

    1. @funpen, what truth are you talking about? You are telling Nollywood to take criticism and improve? Have you for one day bought a Nollywood film and you try doing some reviews? I’m not in support of bad films of Nollywood. I only advocating for encouragement. Nigerian filmmakers are doing their best. Bad films are not easy to come by. To be honest with you, I don’t watch Nigerian films. But, I had come to realise that making a film is that easy. Try visiting film location and you will know what I’m talking about.

  7. @amy78 You’re right to some extent. How can tell a filmmaker to pay 500k for a script? Did you ask him of his pocket? These guys need encouragement. Writing a good script for a fair price will aid the industry. Lets grow together.

  8. Truth is that what is not good, is not good. Don’t applaude mediocrity and say they r trying. Hollywood film makers also make some bad films, its just the block busters or average ones we get to see. Have you ever heard of the razz awards. When they make bad films in America ppl tell them and they take the corrections and go and improve. I buy Nigerian movies, I watch them, and most often im disappointed. A few directors eg – kunle afolayan, figurine, saw the lapses and made giant strides to cover them in his own film. I even watched the making of his film. And we applaude him. But he is one in a 100. The film industry is an opportunity to educate a nation, change a people, give them hope, raise the level of literacy etc and our films r still films r still filled with voodo and babalawo, etc that so much that people from neighboring countries feel every Nigerian is a ritualist. It is not fair to us.

    I do know the work that goes into producing a film. Even the good Hollywood films take 2,3 yrs to produce, but the average NIgerian film takes less than a month. There r so many things, sometimes I wish nollywood would even address in their films, egg the idea that every Nigerian must drive a big car or live ,in a big house to show they have arrived. Our society is so fraught with people trying to make it that they would do anything just to get there and honestly, our movies are not helping.

    look, I’m not generally an argumentative person, these r just my views. Because I do not share your views does not mean I am right and you are wrong, or vice versa. I’m in the medical field. If a doctor does a bortched up job with an operation, it would be wrong for you or I to applause him or tell him he is trying because we know how hard being a doctor is. Lets apply the same principle to films and movies. I want to see Nigerian movies sell internationally, and that is why I won’t keep quiet. I want to see them do so well the international community doffs their hats to them. We r already doing that with music. I know we can do it with film making – that is why we talk. A critique is just what it is, an encouragement to do better.

    I appreciate your article, but whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well.

  9. @uchechukwu1 I think as a writer you are selling yourself short. How much do you think you should price your hours behind a computer crafting the perfect story that goes on to gross millions?

    I think writers are the unsung heros of great movies. That blockbuster just can’t happen without you and I. If the info on this site here http://www.thisisnollywood.com/nollywood.htm is correct average production cost of N2.5M after a sale of about 50,000 copies gives about N10 Million in returns and they cannot give you 500K out of that to write for them that story that will earn them far more?

    How much of that N10 Million goes back into making the next movie? Probably that same N2.5M. I repeat the things that are well within their reach they should do well. In fact from what I can see here(with these figures) there is a lot well within their reach which they can’t be be bothered about.

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