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Many People Have Bad Impression of Me - Segun Arinze

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Segun Aina Padonou also known as Segun Arinze is one of the stars in Nollywood. Arinze has put in over 25 years in acting and is currently the factional president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He spoke with Tope Olukole, a journalist on a number of issues.

                                                                                   In this photo: Segun Arinze (AGN President)

You have been around as an actor for quite a while, when exactly did it all start?
It started way back in the 80s when I was introduced by a friend called Ayo Orowale and ever since, I haven Read more »

Jim Iyke is back with a new movie starring Rita Dominic and Mercy Johnson

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After being out of public spotlight for close to four months, Nollywood hunk, Jim Iyke is back and this time around it is not with a lady alleging something or his publicist, Bigsam Media defending him. The ace actor is back with two movies in hand which he produced and partly directed.

Jim just signed up with a new management to further help him consolidate his rating as the most sought after actor in the clan. The first movie which is still undergoing post-production fine-tuning is titled Two Dollaz. It is a comedy flick with stars like Raffy from Ghana , Jim himself, Mercy Johnson, Ada Ameh, and many others. Jim and Mercy Johnson in a comedy we asked?

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Ghana goes against Nollywood?

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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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When Nollywood Meets Hollywood

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Ever wondered what the revolution in the African film industry would be like when Nollywood meets Hollywood? Though Hollywood is way way ahead in the game and one of the oldest film industry in the world; Nollywood is surely catching up - even if at a slow pace.

Left-Right: Rita Dominic, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Chidi Mokeme, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

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Why I like looking dangerous

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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 »