Nigeria: Movie-Making in Nigeria Died Since 1994 (Dan Oluigbo)

by Peter D. Marshall

by Prisca Sam-Duru and Vera Samuel Anyagafu.

Dan Oluigbo, popularly known as chief priest, is one of the pioneers of Nollywood who disagrees with the ovation Nollywood is currently enjoying both from within and outside the country. In this exclusive chat with Vanguard Art, the movie maker x-rays the industry’s problems and charts a way forward. Excerpts:

What’s your rating of Nollywood?

Movie making in Nigeria has nosedived. The only thing producers are concerned with now is just how to churn out films in order to make profit. Nobody cares about the content of films and how to improve on them.

You sound so dissatisfied. What’s your agitation about?

This industry died since 1994. Before then, after we hit it with “Living In Bondage” and I went on to produce ‘Taboo”, Guest Of Satan, I told my colleagues that it is needful that we move up, that is step up the quality of production to be in tune with technological advancement.

My suggestion was that if we cannot shoot on 35 millimeters, let us at least shoot on digital film which is the high definition. Some of them agreed but sadly, after a period of time, they all ganged up against me, went to marketers, collected money and started shooting the nonsense they are now feeding people with.

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