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Stakeholders praise Nollywood's growth

15 October 2014, 12:51

Abuja - Stakeholders in Nigeria’s entertainment industry have lauded the movie industry for its giant strides in the production of quality and outstanding movies.

Entertainment legends who spoke  on Tuesday in Abuja said Nigeria’s movie industry had continued to record great improvements and tremendous success in the entertainment industry.

 Zulu Okafor, President, Association of Movie Producers in Nigeria, said the country’s movie industry, Nollywood, has continued to grow in spite of its limited facility for movie production.

Okafor, however, said movie producers in Nigeria were maximising the structure on ground and did not have to move abroad to produce movies.

"We have most things in Nigeria now; background, costumes and make-ups, among others.That does not mean that one cannot buy those things that are required or collaborate with other countries’ movie industries, but we can effectively make do with what we have here," he explained.

According to him, some recent movies like October 1 and Invasion 1897, are classical examples of Nigerian movies that have distinguished the movie industry in terms of uniqueness, originality and message.

On his part, an Abuja based movie critic,  Mike Ekunno, said that Nollywood had witnessed a tremendous growth over the years.

Ekunno, who described the industry as the "New Nollywood’’, said the industry had grown to a level of global competitiveness.

"There is no doubt that our movies are standing out as qualitative and successful due to the level of enlightenment and skilfulness employed  by professionals in the industry,’’ he stated.

Lawrence Oti, an upcoming movie make-up artist, said Nigerian movies were in high demand across the globe and had helped in remoulding the country’s image.

Oti therefore urged movie producers, actors, actresses, directors and other professionals of the movie industry to always apply the principles of professionalism and originality in movie making.


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