In a recent panel discussion at the Sundance Film Festival, Editi Effiong, director of Netflix’s acclaimed movie The Black Book, addressed the question of women’s representation in top directing and production roles in the Nigerian film industry.
Effiong highlighted Funke Akindele’s groundbreaking film, A Tribe Called Judah, breaking records consecutively in 2021, 2022, and 2023. He pointed out that the industry is actively working to increase male participation, as top-grossing films are showcasing a reverse scenario where top-grossing films are predominantly led by women.
In response to concerns raised about challenges within the Nigerian film industry, Effiong emphasized that the primary focus should be on addressing indigenous issues rather than inheriting problems from other countries. He mentioned that Nollywood is already witnessing significant female leadership, with many studios being led by women.
As Effiong shared more insights on Twitter, he stated that the larger issue is not a Nollywood problem, and the industry must concentrate on resolving its unique challenges.
The Sundance Film Festival, an assembly of original storytellers and audiences seeking fresh perspectives, is currently underway in Utah, United States, from January 18 to January 28, 2024.
Check out Editi Effiong’s interview at the Sundance Film Festival:
In our Sundance panel, someone asked how to get more Nigerian women into top directing/production roles.
I had to beg them that this isn’t a Nollywood problem. pic.twitter.com/YLWGOZvp1X
— Editi Effiòng (@EditiEffiong) January 25, 2024