Money given to Nollywood by Goodluck Jonathan Makes no sense – Nkem Owoh


images (2)Famous Nollywood comic actor, Nkem Owoh, popularly called Osuofia, says the intervention funds given to Nollywood by former President, Goodluck Jonathan, made no sense.

This was as he pointed out so many challenges rocking the movie industry, in a recent chat with New Telegraph.
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According to him, “It was announced that the former president gave money to the industry.

“This is a personal opinion, even if the funds were given to the industry, was that the right thing to do to protect the industry?

“No, you have to lay down a foundation and help us to build the structure first. If we don’t have a structure and you bring that money, you are going to cause chaos.

“This, I think, had caused a lot of damage already. So, I don’t think bringing out that money and then saying ‘it’s for the industry’ makes sense.

“Who are the ‘industry’? How are you protecting the industry? Where are the technologies? What are the guidelines from the government that protect this industry?

“We want enabling environment, we are not requesting money from the government; nobody has the easy access to bring in technology from outside. I am sure if somebody from outside this country wants to go and make arrangement from abroad for somebody to come in here with technology, he or she is going to go through a lot of hiccups.

“Minimise some of these things for us then we can forge ahead, we can really feed this country I believe,” he added.

Speaking further, the engineer cum actor said Nollywood can generate revenue for the country.

He said, “The mistake of the governments in the past was that they all focused attention on oil and what else could be that quick to earn Nigeria that much money?

On the challenges the movie industry is facing, Osuofia said, “There are a lot of challenges, there is lack of an enabling environment, political situation, the economy generally, personal finance, and government has not made any policy to finance us or even protect our finance or come up with common policy to protect us generally.

“Piracy, plagiarism and more are allowed to fester.

“Also, some people pay producers money to feature in movies. That is one of the challenges. That is why I said we need an enabling environment and perfection.

“So, if you’re perceived as somebody who is trying to be on the screen by all means, a lot of people are going to use you. But if the government has a policy, we will structure according to the policy the government provided.

“As stakeholders, we should be involved in the policy because we know where the shoe pinches. So, there are a lot of challenges, but if government should give us that enabling environment, I believe we can make it,” the comic actor added.

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