Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nollywood Lies: The Distortion and Misinformation Exposed by Nollywood Mirror

 I read a lot of reports on the internet on Nigerian celebrities in music and movies full of lies!

A popular Nigerian filmmaker lies in his resume that his film is the first Nigerian film to be shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival!
Was it part of the official selection?
In competition or out of competition?

The truth is:

 "Has a Nigerian film been screened in Cannes?

The short answer is no. The long answer is that there are different kinds of screenings in Cannes. The fact that a Nigerian film was shown in Cannes doesn't translate to an official screening. What we've been doing are market screenings which are open to almost anyone. And they usually happen in small halls not accommodating more 40 to 70 people.

An official screening, whether in or out of competition, would be in one of the big theatres that seats at least one thousand and would be a really big deal. Except, of course, we deliberately decide that even a market screening is a big deal, which would tally with the Okpameri philosophy of 'Kamion l'ehiema (Even this is good). I used to subscribe to this. But some Nigerians are asking: 'Do those film makers who do official screening have two heads?' Bottom line: If we crave it so much, why don't we work/plan for it?
~ Onoshe Nwabuikwu.

Another one boasts that his film is the first to cast Hollywood and Nollywood stars as if it has never happened in Nigeria before!
Hello Bro!
Have you not seen Bruce Beresford's "Mister Johson", a 1990 American drama film based on the 1939 novel by Joyce Cary shot in Toro, Nigeria and starring the following:

Maynard Eziashi as Mister Johnson
Pierce Brosnan as Harry Rudbeck
Edward Woodward as Sargy Gollup
Beatie Edney as Celia Rudbeck
Denis Quilley as Bulteen
Nick Reding as Tring
Bella Enahoro as Bamu
Femi Fatoba as Waziri
Kwabena Manso as Benjamin
Hubert Ogunde as Brimah (as Chief Hubert Ogunde)
Sola Adeyemi as Ajali
Jerry Linus as Saleh
George Menta as Emil

Are those Nigerian actors listed in the cast aliens?

Even years before 1990, Ossie Davis came from Hollywood to shoot the film adaptation of Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka's "Kongi's Harvest" in 1970, starring the following:
Wole Soyinka - President Kongi
Rasidi Onikoyi - King Oba Danlola
Femi Johnson - Organizing Secretary
Nina Baden-Semper - Segi
Orlando Martins - Dr. Gbenga
Dapo Adelugba - Daodu

Ossie Davis returned to shoot "Countdown at Kusini" in 1976, starring the following:

Ruby Dee (as Leah Matanzima)
Ossie Davis (as Ernest Motapo)
Greg Morris (as Red Salter)
Tom Aldredge (as Ben Amed)
Michael Ebert (as Charles Henderson)
Thomas Baptiste (as John Okello)
Jab Adu (as Juma Bakari)
Elsie Olusola (as Mamouda)
Funso Adeolu (as Marni)

Can you see these popular Nigerian actors in the cast?

There are other movies before the ones made by all these noisemakers making false claims and misinforming the ignorant gullible majority of Nigerians who don't read and so don't even know the history of Nollywood and the Nigerian film industry being distorted by those who claim their "Living In Bondage" of 1992 was the beginning of Nollywood. Utter bullshit!
What of the first home video "Ekun" by Muyideen Aromire in 1988 or Jide Kosoko's bestselling home video "Asiri Nla" of 1992 that was released before "Living In Bondage"? And "Asiri Nla" was not the only home video produced before the release of "Living In Bondage".

More can be read in NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® (NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES) [Kindle Edition]



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