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Lari Williams calls for Hall of Fame for entertainers

29 August 2014, 18:29

Lagos - A renowned actor, Lari Williams, has urged the Federal Government to build a Hall of Fame in honour of persons who contributed to the development of Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

The actor, who was also the pioneer president of the Actors Guild, gave the advice in a recent interview.

 "I am talking about building a Hall of Fame, not only to create work for the artistes, but also to remember our past heroes. People like Orlando Martins, the first Nigerian actor who went commercial abroad, we are forgetting him. Fela Showande was the first Nigerian to orchestrate our folk music." he said.

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"Ambrose Campbell, our first pop musician that went from this shores to England with a mixture of high life and juju music - people like this should not be forgotten. The fire spouting actor, Duro Ladipo, should not be forgotten. There are people I can name that have contributed so much to the building of the entertainment industry who are now unsung. So, if we have a Hall of Fame, we will remember the giants of this nation.' he added.

Williams also called for the revival of stage performance to produce quality actors for Nollywood.

According to him, stage performance has the capacity to promote huge revenue generation for the country.

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He said that genuine acting originated from the recitation of scripts on stage and not just cutting and pasting shots together to form screen plays.

"How many of the so-called stars today that we see on the screen can stand on stage and perform; they cannot because they cannot hold two lines together in their heads. The industry is dying because we cannot get actors on stage and that is why we don’t even realise that the entertainment industry can make money for this country enormously." he complained.

"If you think about Broadway in America, Broadway makes more money than screen films, because there is Broadway, there is Off Broadway and there is Off-Off Broadway" he said.


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