With the 2023 Nigerian general elections barely 9 months away, some Nigerian entertainers will indubitably smile to the monetary institution.
Since the outset of this democratic dispensation and the creation of social media in Nigeria, politicians bear relied on indigenous entertainers’ star energy and have an effect on to drum up lend a hand for themselves all over elections.
Whereas Nigerian musicians infrequently ever are shriveled to again garner votes, establish for performing at political rallies, Nollywood, Yoruba and Kannywood actors were glaring choices.
Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was effectively-known for injecting funds into the trade and splashing money on its stars, in particular all over campaigns.
In the most up-to-date previous, Kannywood and Nollywood actors bear additionally counseled President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime. But, most as of late, Mr Ibu and Harry Anyanwu counseled Bola Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the 2023 presidency.
To this quit, a illustrious Yoruba actor, Taiwo Ibikunle, says it’s far annoying for him and his colleagues to reject monetary presents from politicians to campaign for them sooner than the elections.
Mr Ibikunle made this assertion in a traditional interview with PREMIUM TIMES at a movie premiere in Maryland, Lagos Inform.
The Osun Inform-born actor stated that as elections are immediate coming near, some Nollywood actors would storm the screens and streets campaigning for some candidates sooner than the general elections, despite the little lend a hand they receive from politicians.
“ If we don’t give politicians consideration, who will? We desire the cash too. You gain what you are presupposed to gain, bright that by the time they win into energy, they could perchance now not keep in mind you anymore. Pay me now. Let me command no topic I will now. That’s the trade we now bear with them.”
He additionally famed that their Hollywood counterparts additionally campaign for politicians all over election classes.
Authorities’s contributions to Nollywood
Ibikunle additionally lamented how the federal government has abandoned the movie trade and only remembers all of them over elections.
The actor stated the federal government only centered on petroleum without recognising other points of the economic system, in particular the leisure trade.
The actor complained that despite Nollywood contributing over 2.3 per cent to Nigeria’s Low Domestic Product (GDP), the movie trade is abandoned by the federal government till election classes.
“The government bear their eyes on the wide box, all people needs to provide Petroleum, but lo and behold we’re going to that level where petroleum could perchance perchance just now not even be functional anymore due to this of some developed worldwide locations now exhaust electric vehicles, I’m clear very soon we could perchance win to that diploma. They omit that the trade contributes over 2.3 per cent each year to the country’s GDP, only to keep in mind us all over elections,” he stated.
In accordance to Ibikunle, Nollywood has grown from its inception to worldwide recognition with little or no government lend a hand.
“ We thank God that Nollywood has been spirited, we’re now not static, things are popping out, we now bear now not had a supportive government since its inception, and it has affected the trade so unparalleled.”
“The Authorities have in mind that they’ll’t scheme one thing out of the trade, and it’s only all over elections that we now were remembered, and it’s reasonably miserable”, he lamented.
The growth of Yoruba motion pictures
Talking on the growth of Yoruba motion pictures, the actor stated that Yoruba motion pictures were the essential to be released in the cinema and VHS.
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“Yoruba motion pictures bear at all times been the pacesetter. Let me express clearly here that the culture of cinema started from the cinema, and even the necessary residence video was a Yoruba movie.”
In accordance to him, many contributors enlighten that Nollywood started with ‘Living in bondage.’
“They omit that sooner than Living in bondage, there was the necessary film produced on VHS. In Nigeria, it was in the 1988s that we saw movies of motion pictures love Soso Meji, produced by Ade Ajiboye, and Alade Aromire, produced Ekun (1989). Currently quite a bit of the motion pictures doing effectively in the trade are Yoruba motion pictures, in particular at the box space of business,” he stated.
He is legendary for his lead characteristic in the winning Yoruba movie “Eji Owuru” (2003) and illustrious for his roles in movies love Omo Ghetto (2010), Ofeefe (2019), Nkan Alejo (2020), The fresh Patriot (2021), and Strangers (2022).
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