Sunday, 29 August 2010

Nollywood on Route to taking over from Hollywood...

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A good friend of mine was kind enough to send me an article that appeared in the London Evening Standard Newspaper recently and it reported that officially Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) is considered to be the second largest movie industry in the world.

Nollywood films are popular around the world, some for the right reasons but many times for the wrong reasons. They have been renowned for poor acting, badly written scripts, very long never ending scenes and more movie bloopers than has ever been seen in the history of film making (ok a slight exaggeration on my part) but I think for those of you that have watched Nigerian movies, you know what I am talking about.


However just as we have done with the music industry and are starting to do with the fashion industry (and as a fashion show producer I believe I am also contributing to the improvement of standards in the fashion industry), the movie industry has and is making some fantastic strides in producing better quality movies and the stereotypes of Nollywood movies being bad is well on its way to disappearing forever.


I attended the screening of the latest movie The Figurine – Araromire, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan, a person who I was fortunate enough to meet when I spoke at the Flair Talent Seminar, in Lagos Nigeria. He is a very unassuming and down to earth actor/director and it is hard to believe that he is such a superstar.


Normally I would talk about all of the London celebrities that graced the red carpet but not today as the attention this time must not be taken away from the fantastic movie I watched.


As part of the Nigeria 50th Anniversary celebrations Lagos State Government and First Bank Nigeria sponsored the premiere movie screening of The Figurine – Araromire at the Greenwich Odeon cinema in London.


This is a movie that has a fantastic well written script and screenplay, the cinematography was like I have never seen before for a Nigerian movie and the acting by its four principles actors Kunle Afolayan, Ramsey Nouah, Funlola Awofiyebi-Raimi, Omoni Oboli was worthy of Golden Globe or OSCAR nominations.


I have no intention of giving you the synopsis of the film as I know if I do I won’t stop and would end up giving the whole story line away. But I would say this it was imaginative, creative and well acted. For the first time ever I am so proud to say that this is not about watching a Nollywood movie but about watching a great movie.


PS: There is also another great Nollywood movie that I highly recommend that you watch. It is called “IJE” that stars Nollywood heavyweights Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji as well as Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international actors such as Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que, this movie was Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene.


Trust me people alongside The Figurine - Araromire, this is another great Nollywood movie.


All I can say is watch out Hollywood as Nollywood is about to take over!


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