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The Things They Say…about Nollywood

Controversial Nollywood actor, Emeka Ike, has once again expressed his displeasure with the way Nollywood is run. He listed five producers, who have allegedly been running the affairs of Nollywood and asking actresses for sex before they get movie roles. He also took a swipe at the AGN president, Ibinabo Fiberesima who, according to him, should not run the affairs of Nollywood because she is an ex-convict.

Here’s what he said:

“There are five people who have taken the laws of Nigerian movie industry into their hands. They are Emma Ogugua, Murphy Stephen, Sunny McDon, Okey Bakassi and Ifeanyi Dikeh. These five people have registered Actors Guild of Nigeria as their personal business. No other individual can come in. My first concern is to clean up Nollywood, clean up AGN.

Every Nigerian youth wants to act movies now, what future are we leaving for them? Where are they going to write their names? The two-bedroom flat in Surulere where they would ask you to come and grace their beds before they give you roles? Where they would make you join a gay group or lesbian group before they talk to you? Nollywood has gotten so bad that you must either strip and grace their beds or join the gay or lesbian group to belong.

“The people at the helm of affairs are the ones killing Nollywood. Some of us, the well-known actors, don’t even know their rights. I dare say it again, they don’t. Nobody can come out to challenge me. We built this industry with pain. Those who are at the helm of affairs now, people don’t even know them in the movies. They just came in and messed everything up.

“Ibinabo has been acting as the president of AGN for years now, but with her case as an ex-convict, do you have any moral justification to recognize her as the president? The court case is still on and the war continues. That wasn’t the industry I founded. My daughter will not to go into that industry tomorrow and they would say she must sleep with one of them to get a role. Neither would my son be a part of Nollywood that is full of immoralities.”


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2 comments

  1. So how is he planning on cleaning it up? Some points made are valid but i don’t agree with him on the validity of the AGN president because she is an ex-convict. Was she convicted for embezzling AGN funds or for something else totally unrelated?
    He has to work to clean up an industry he help nurture by producing quality works, casting the right people based on merit and exposing, with facts, those he feels are destroying Nollywood.
    I’m tired of these guys complaining instead of doing.

    • Thank you Anyibaba for voicing my opinion so succintly. As far as I am concerned,they should just shut up and put their money where their mouths are…

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