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Nollywood has a long way to go

by Hazelann Williams.

NOLLYWOOD ACTOR O.C. Ukeje has said that the Nigerian film industry could never make a blockbuster period film or television series because the country is not good at keeping historical documentation.

The Nigerian-born star feels that most Nollywood films follow a specific genre because the filmmakers are limited to creating movies that have every day, modern plots. He also explains that Nigerian producers can’t get their hands on props, even if they want to because the West African country does not ensure safe passage of its artifacts.

“Part of the issue is Nigeria is generally categorised as a third world country, so we have challenges that come with trying to make anything work,” the 32-year-old says. “There are a lot of things that we are not good with as a country – for example, we are not good with keeping records of any kind. We have some historic assets but we are not good with ensuring that things that should be passed down from generation to generation are.

“We are not good with documentation, so if you want to make a period piece and you want to set it in a specific time in the past, it will be difficult to even find basic props.”

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