Saturday, July 18, 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari Vows To 'Save' Nollywood from Pirates - BBC News

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari vows to 'save' Nollywood from piracy

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to save the country's entertainment industry from pirates.

He said the Nollywood film industry was doing well but unless it was backed, it would be "ruined by pirates".

The industry is worth $5bn (£3bn), but filmmakers still struggle to make a profit because of piracy.

Despite being hastily shot on low budgets, their focus on love, betrayal and witchcraft is hugely popular across Africa.

President Buhari ordered security agencies to identify those involved in copyright piracy and bring them to justice.

Nollywood is not the only industry affected by the problem.

Producers in Kannywood - the Hausa language film industry based in the northern city of Kano - are also complaining and had asked the president to intervene.
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