What we want from the incoming government- Nollywood actors

vincity May 27, 2023
Updated 2023/05/27 at 8:58 AM

Following the Buhari-led administration’s broken pledges to support the creative industry, the next administration has been advised to give the industry greater attention if it hopes to achieve its objective of expanding the nation’s economy during the next four years.

Strong voices in the film business who spoke with NollyNow over the week gave this advice.

The stakeholders complained that President Buhari’s departing administration made a number of hollow promises, including one to create an atmosphere that would allow the business to flourish.

However, they urge the new administration to take into account the notion of giving the creative industry, in particular Nollywood, priority in order to foster real economic progress for the nation.

The stakeholders expressed hope that the new administration will significantly impact the growth of the creative industry despite lamenting the unprecedented challenges facing the sector, which include piracy, a lack of formal regulations, and a poor distribution network, among other issues.

Veteran actress Jide Kosoko led the appeal for the Tinubu-led administration to develop policies that will create a climate that will allow them to practice their trades.

“We want the incoming administration to help us set up a regulatory body and intervene in the area of assessing financial support from banks in order to minimize interest rates to assist productions and equipment, and by extension increase our inputs to the country’s GDP,” Kosoko added.

In a same vein, famed director and producer of the hit TV show “Super Story,” Wale Adenuga, pleaded with the next administration to make an effort to establish grant programs for Nollywood while bemoaning the lack of resources to realize their aspirations.

“We implore the incoming government to set up grant schemes for Nollywood so that Nigerian film practitioners can put Nigeria on the world map as one of the best film producing nations. We all know the numerous benefits from a fully developed film industry which include massive employment opportunities, colossal revenue, remarkable GDP, global projection of our culture, traditions and tourism,” Adenuga said.

Bolaji Amusan, better known as Mr. Latin, a seasoned Yoruba actor and the president of the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, stated on his own: “We want the incoming administration to build film villages across the country to make our job easier, tackle the menace of piracy, allow us to have access to airports, seaports, and other federal government property and establishments so that it is easier for us to ply our trade.”

According to Alex Eyengho, a former leader of the Association of Nollywood Core Producers, ANCOP, “the incoming administration should hit the ground running by delivering to us the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria,MOPICON, and pushing it to the National Assembly as an Executive Bill.”

MOPICON, according to him, which has been on the drawing board of the Federal Government since the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, is the expected structure that will deepen professionalism and ensure sanity in Nollywood by erasing the perception out there that the Nigerian motion picture industry is an all-comers affair.

According to Punch, Eyengho stated, “I urge Tinubu to give MOPICON to Nollywood within his first 100 days in office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The next thing is for the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to roll up their sleeves and work strictly in tandem with their extant laws in carrying out their mandates. The Ministry of Information and Culture should ensure that agencies like the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) carry out their mandates without going outside the necessary laws that established them. If these fundamentals are ensured, the challenges of piracy of intellectual property, classification/censorship of films, quality production etc, will be put in proper check. Apart from creating the conducive environment for the industry, President Tinubu should work out various grants and zero-interest loans to practitioners through the MOPICON platform. Tax breaks/holidays should also be considered for practitioners from time to time.”

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