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Ghana goes against Nollywood?

by NMN (Staff) / 933 Views

Ghana goes against Nollywood? Well, this perception is based on the story reported by Samuel Olatunji where he narrated the beef between the Nigerian movie industry 'Nollywood' and the Ghanaian movie industry 'Ghollywood', especially in relation to film-making.

In the story titled "Ghanaians Move Against Nollywood", here's how Samuel Olatunji reports the story:

The relationship between Nigerian movie industry otherwise known as Nollywood and Ghanaian movie industry popularly known as Ghollywood is strained now due to a resolution by Ghollywood that Nollywood is “dim, insulting and retarded”.

The Ghana Actors’ Guild penultimate week reached a resolution that henceforth any Nigerian producer that wants to work in Ghana must pay $5000 while Nigerian actors must pay $1000 per movie. Producers must also pay $300 for every Nigerian crewmember on set. What is however not clear is whether it is the actor that must cough out the $1000 or the producer using the actor?

The move SBN learnt, did not go down well with stakeholders in Nollywood who feel Ghanaians are biting the fingers that fed them. “How in the world can Ghanaians ever think up such idea? We taught them our way, make their actors popular, put food on the table of their stars, show them the way to go in movie making, established interesting collaborations with them and even gave them awards and recognition they would not have gotten anywhere.

Our company endorsed their stars, and we are part of the reason their economy is working. This move is retarded. Ghanaians are ingrates and are becoming greedy. We will show them we are ten steps ahead of them” a Nollywood stakeholder who does not want his name in print told us. Factional president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Mr Segun Arinze said “we are meeting to review the situation and I will let you know our decision”.

However, a source told us that Nollywood has already reached a decision which might finally put an end to the working relationship between Ghanaian and Nigerian actors. Nollywood has also resolved that every Ghanaian actor will pay $2,000 while producers will pay $7,000 and the resolution will be effective from July. AGN has also agreed to persuade all corporate bodies in Nigeria to stop employing Ghanaians . “Whether it is endorsement, invitation to event or anything at all, all patriotic corporate bodies must as a matter of urgency stop patronizing Ghanaians because they now see us as enemies”, they said.

Another Nollywooder who doesn’t want his name in print points out that Ghanaians are becoming increasingly anti-Nigeria. “I have reasons to believe that Ghanainas are becoming increasingly anti-Nigerian. The other time they came up with a resolution that it is only one Nigerian movie that should be released in Ghana per week. We felt that they were trying to develop their market. Then when Globacom entered their market, they sent people out to vandalize their equipment and now we have to pay $5000.

This is crap and very unbecoming of Ghanaians”, he said.

The deteriorating relationship SBN learnt, has sent jitters down the spine of Ghanaians working in Nigeria among them Van Vicker, Nadia Bhuari, John Dumelo, Jackie Appiah and Majid Michael. The actors are against the move and many of them felt members of the guilds who reached the decision without their (actors) input are jealous and jobless. “If they are working, they won’t reach that kind of decision. They are jobless lots who are inspired by boredom to always stir the hornet’s nest unnecessarily” a Ghanaian actress told us.

When SBN spoke to Van Vicker, he said he was not in a position to talk. “My guy, I can’t talk on that o since I wasn’t there and I don’t have much information now. Moreover I’m not president of Ghana’s Actors Guild” he said.

Nadia Bhuari we learnt, might also be affected as she is presently the face of Devon Soap which is manufactured by Orange Drugs.

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Nollywood Film: The Fake Prophet Premiere in UK

by NMN (Staff) / 1,963 Views

The Fake Prophet is a ground-breaking Nollywood film that examines many major child rights issues that Nigerian children face today, including child witchcraft accusations, child trafficking and child abandonment. It is an action-packed tale of drama suspense and intrigue, which aims to counterbalance other Nollywood films that have intensified the belief in child witches and the subsequent abuse and abandonment of innocent children.



It has been produced by Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) a UK- based child rights organisation dedicated to protecting and upholding the rights of children in the Niger Delta. They have harnessed the international reach of Nollywood film and are using it to raise awareness about the importance of upholding child rights in Nigeria. Gary Foxcroft the Director of SSN stated that 'given the projected reach of The Fake Prophet and the power of the Nollywood film industry we anticipate that this film will go a long way to help challenge deeply held attitudes, values and beliefs and will ultimately prevent the abuse of children. As such we are massively excited about its potential'.

The screenings at the Odeon Greenwich are hosted by Nollywood Focus – a publishing and film marketing style of Eastern Light EPM International. The event is managed by Nnorom Azuonye Entertainment Projects. Nollywood Focus is a hardworking outfit keen to work with Nollywood film producers to get Nigerian films into giant strides, and competing with the world's best at the highest international levels.

Nollywood is a grassroots industry and its growth is testimony to the entrepreneurial initiative shown by Nigerian's. Unlike many other African films which are usually produced by Francophone West African directors and funded principally by European bodies, Nollywood's low budget entertainment is self funded and doesn't rely on any governmental backing. It has grown to become the third largest film industry in the world following Hollywood and Bollywood, and has developed from nothing into an industry that employs thousands of people each year.

Nollywood films, often known for their low production quality and back room screenings seem to be erupting into new cinematic landscapes, bringing a new and unique cinematic culture in to the fore.

This event follows a number of different screenings which are gradually taking Nollywood films into mainstream cinema, including the London premiere of Mirror Boy which took place in the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square earlier this year.

The Fake Prophet is well-positioned to set the Nollywood industry alight and inspire a new wave of innovative and creative film making. The high standard of film- making together with its unique capacity to be used as an advocacy tool, means that this event is going to be an evening of great entertainment and is a must see for any cinema lover.

Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of June were the first London cinema screenings of the Nollywood film, The Fake Prophet. This film made by the internationally acclaimed director Teco Benson and produced by the child rights organisation Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN), is due to be screened at the Odeon Cinema, Greenwich.

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A Moment with Omotola Jalade (Nollywood Actress) - Interview

by NMN (Staff) / 3,145 Views

Omotola J. Ekeinde is one the most popular and respected Nollywood Super Stars in the industry. A moment with her confirmed that she is a very sweet, emotional, and intelligent individual. Enjoy!!

In a recent interview with Golden Icons, she talked about her career, life, and goals as a role model.

GI: I have watched almost all your movies. I can definitely say that you are one of the most recognized faces in Nollywood. What do you attribute your success to?


Omotola: I presume people who watch my movies just like the flare, and my aura. I am sure that I am not the most talented actress around or the prettiest. I think it Read more »


Why I like looking dangerous

by NMN (Staff) / 1,757 Views

David McKenzie, a Ghanaian, is the secretary of the Lagos State chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). In this interview with reporter Ovwe Medeme, he makes a comparison of the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industry and makes suggestions on how the sector can be used as a tool to unite Africa. He also speaks on his trademark Read more »


Interview with winner of Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrity - Emeka Ike (Nollywood Actor)

by NMN (Staff) / 2,103 Views

Star actor and the winner of Gulder Ultimate Search Celebrity Showdown, Emeka Ike, here speaks about the show, his relationship with Mumma Gee and how he will spend the N7.5 million he won, and other issues.


Emeka Ike

Q: What was on your mind when you were going for the GUS Celebrity Showdown?
A: I went there to have fun and correct the image a cross-section of the media has about me.


Q: Do you have a bad image?
A: No, but some people have been making effort to give me a bad image. Some say I am erratic or fight a lot and I told them that they don't know much about me.

Q: I believe that those people would have seen some things about you before reporting such?
A: Well, I am a man that stands by his words. I also believe in residual life and when I see people doing something wrong, I could stand up and say stop doing that. People have known me to be expressive of myself. I decry evil, so people have gone to the press to say I am quarrelsome, but I have never quarrelled with anybody.

Q: Will you say the same people went round to say that you had sex with Muma Gee on set of Gulder Ultimate Search?
A: No, I was on set to make people know the man in me. You know, people were saying things that those girls were saying some negative things about you and yet you did not fight back. That is the man in me and that is real me. If I don't want to speak with you, no matter what you do, I will not.

Q: What really happened and how did the story get to the press?
A: That is man-made scandal. You know, this product has to sell and sometimes, sex sells entertainment so also are love stories. The true story was when we got to the House, we agreed to be lovers, being a reality programme. We thought of how to entertain our audience and also have our own fans that will say leave these people alone now. We have to create issues in the house. Before doing so, I called my wife and Muma spoke with her. I also discussed with her fiance and they gave us their blessing, so people in the House did not know that we went that far. They were talking out of ignorance and the more those in the House talked, the more we laughed at them.

Q: So you did not have sex?
A: No, we did not have sex in the camp.

Q: Then, what was your experience in the camp?
A: The experience was that life cannot be on a single lane. I have also learnt to x-ray the man on the street, the man who does not have a roof over his head, how does he survive? The man who does not have electronic gadgets, how does he survive? For example, any time we had to go out and we needed to go in a car, if you know what air conditioner meant to me that time, you would pity me because I have been denied such in the bush for a long time. When I got into the car, it was a new experience to me. When music is played, no matter how unpopular such music is, it makes more sense to me. These were issues I was to experience. In fact, whenever we went out in a car, I was always the last to come out because the music was still on. At times, I would say to myself, oh God, I missed music. This has been able to make me to be closer to the man on the street, those under the bridge. It was another exposure and thank God, I was part of the experience.

Q: What were you given when you going into the bush?
A: We were given boots to prevent us from snake bite, insects and other wounds; water bottle, jacket, tent, soap and sponge; bucket and camp bed. Also, pots, spoons and other things were provided because we cooked food by ourselves.

Q: How did you have your bath?
A: We had a place in the bush where we did that.

Q: How did you defecate?
A: There was an arrangement which I will not tell you.

Q: What was life like in the jungle?
A: Life in the jungle is real. This is where many Nigerians live because a lot of people you see out there live jungle life. It has also taught me to see between Emeka Ike, an actor, the real Emeka Ike and one that is stranded in the bush.

Q: Emeka Ike, an actor and proprietor of a school, why did you set up a school?
A: The love for Nigerian youths. I keep saying that the Nigerian youths have been abandoned, so also have they been relegated and scandalised because any Nigerian youth that runs into anything that gives him fast money, is happy and we celebrate scam. I thought with my person I could draw the youths closer and tell them where to go with the love they have for me and redirect their opinion, their mind and encourage them to do positive things. I can assure you that in my school, my students read a lot. Some parents even complain that they don't know what I give to their kids because they hardly sleep and they read all day. That is the orientation given to them that to be a star, you have to read hard.

Q: If you love the kids so much, why did you establish a school in Magodo and not Ajegunle?
A: The Nigerian child is the Nigerian child. Do you know it is better to use a big man's child as an example than a poor man's? How many kids of big men have you seen in the movie and music industry? It is always those people that struggle that make it because most big men abandon their kids. They have all the comfort but they lose the proper time they ought to put into the life of their kids because they think money is everything. For me, being in Magodo, where I live, I know there are kids here that need my pressure but before long, we will move to Ajegunle and other areas.

Q: We learnt that you are building a hotel, where is it located?
A: It is located in Ayobo, Ipaja, Lagos State and the name is Code E.

Q: Why are you diversifying into hotel business?
A: I said years back that there is problem in the Nigerian movie industry and that home video business will soon close down and people thought I was joking. At least, I have to plan my life.

Q: How did you get the money for the gigantic project?
A: If you don't plan to succeed, you have planned to fail. Planning is everything. If you give a person N10,000 and he chooses to go and buy shirt and boots and somebody else uses the money for business, they have different mindset. The man who buys shoes will use it and it will get torn one day, while the person that invested his money gets the dividend. So, I learnt from my mom who is a petty trader. She takes one to make two and two to make four. So, I put all my money into business, even when I was in Shangisha, I had this school project going on while some people were saying that big boy like you, why are you not staying in Lekki? I told them sorry oh, I never reach that place, right now, I can live anywhere I like.

Q: Is that why some of your colleagues in the movie industry labelled you as a miser?
A: Who will say I am a miser? Ask all the boys in the movie industry, who gives them money or who is the baba? They will say it is Emeka. I give money, but I am not a public person. I give you money when I know that you need it. I don't call fellow big boys that I have arrived, let's go drink. I deal with people of integrity and not those that want me to spend on drinks.

Q: How are you investing the N7.5 million you won from the Gulder Ultimate Search?
A: I will invest it in my school and the hotel business and so, the money is gone.


Courtesy of AfricansConnect!
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Nollywood is bigger than Hollywood in movies produced, Bollywood is the largest

by NMN (Staff) / 2,514 Views

Is Nollywood really bigger than Hollywood? Yes in terms of the number of movies produced annually.  Recent statistics from the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has indicated the annual film production of the Nigerian film industry, known as Nollywood has surpassed the better known American film industry, Hollywood.

Nollywood is bigger than Hollywood in movies produced, Bollywood is the largest

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