Chinedu Ikedieze, the renowned Nollywood actor popularly known as Aki, recently voiced his concerns about the numerous challenges plaguing the Nigerian film industry. In a candid interview with Naija Mouth-Piece, he highlighted the crucial issues that have hindered the industry’s growth and potential.
According to Ikedieze, addressing these challenges could pave the way for a renaissance in Nigerian cinema, with movie stars poised to deliver exceptional and timeless films.
Piracy has long been a thorn in the side of the Nollywood ecosystem, siphoning profits away from creators and actors. However, Ikedieze sheds light on two equally concerning problems – the intrusion of hoodlums and a lack of governmental support. These factors have impeded the industry’s progress and artistic output.
The intrusion of hoodlums onto movie sets is a grim reality that filmmakers contend with. Ikedieze reveals that these unwanted visitors demand monetary compensation to allow filming to proceed. This not only disrupts production but also raises questions about the rule of law and security in these locations.
Moreover, the actor points out the bureaucratic hurdles that filmmakers encounter when trying to use government-owned facilities. Obtaining permits to film in public spaces, including parastatals and even the airport, is an arduous process, often stifling creative freedom and forcing productions to scale down their ambitions.
Ikedieze passionately argues that people should not profit from the intellectual property of others. He laments the lack of appreciation for the contributions filmmakers make to the cultural and economic landscape. With these impediments, even grand narratives that could showcase Nigeria in a positive light are scaled down due to budget constraints and logistical challenges.
Xplorenollywood agree with most of the pain points listed by Chinedu Ikedieze. Nollywood needs to start focusing on these issues in earnest.
What do you think? Let’s know in the comment below.