Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Nollywood for sure is still African's largest film industry in terms of quality/amount of films produced per month and the second largest in the world after Bollywood (beating Hollywood in the number of films produced annually) but the truth is most of the approximately 200 movies produced every month in Nigeria, makes very little or no sense. Personally, i would want to think the directors, producers as well as a few others are to be held responsible for the static growth of the film industry for limiting their production creativity and being quantity minded (not quality).

For crying out loud, how can you make a full length movie in just one week and expect to get the best? Our supposed movie stars are like the everyday TV presenter because you get to see them on your screen doing the same 'act' every time thereby reducing their esteem. Sometimes, one begins to wonder if there was ever a script for a particular movie due to the huge blunders which should have been corrected by the director/script writer or even the actors.

Take for example the sudden upswing of the music/entertainment industry (comedy inclusive), which was way below par back then even when compared to the movie industry. It experienced a huge revolution that made positive impacts and brought about the current high standard unlike Nollywood whereby the production team are no where close to being resourceful and still thinks inside "the old box". Why is it a normal issue to find up to 5 different movies with the same storyline . . the only differential aspect is the title and casts (please can someone tell me the duty of a movie board and copyright laws).

The most relevant movies in Nigeria presently are those made by the Yorubas (for the Yorubas), **less mistakes and the uniqueness of the message being passed across**. Just as much as i wouldn't want to assume but on a more crucial note i think the Ibos are the cause of the existing predicament of the industry which is mainly due to their lack of innovation (sticking to the old trends) and compromising standards just to get paid on time.

It's not as if i am hating or playing the role of a critic but don't we think it will be much better if the film makers try as much as possible to be more creative, more determined technically and should be able to explore other better options in other to yield an enhanced result?


  1. yeh nollywood needs to improve in the quality of the movie rather than the quantity, producing 1 meaningful film, is better than producing 100 meaningless movies, but this letter to a stranger is a cool, and matured movie,

  2. The most painful part is, they're allergic to creative writers or directors like me...They prefer a script which won't be challenging to produce & a director who won't 'waste' quality time in a quest to get the best...Chill, what am I even saying? R d writer, director, producer & so much more not 1 & d same?

  3. @queen, yep nd the movie happens to be among one of the few (tens) gud movies out of more than a hundred thousand films already produced in Nollywood.

    @Queendle, In Nollywood . . . a single person wld tak the role of the script writer, producer, director nd even tk a role in dat same movie lol. k, hv u bin able to write any 'original' story? . . . at least lets see if we could start thinking of having a revolution.

  4. I think they just need time
    Nollywood is relatively young compared to Bollywood and Hollywood...
    I remember how Living in Bondage and Suicide Mission hit the whole country in the 90's
    Bollywood movies used to be long and boring too, see what time did for them too


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