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Is Nollywood Controlled By Igbos? (Tribalised?)

Why Do People Say "Nollywood Is Tribalised"

I have read people say the nollywood is tribalised, that the Igbos are in control, so they only choose Igbo actors and actresses for their movies, which I totally disagree with.

Names of non-Igbo actors and actresses:

Ramsey Nouah,

Lilian bach,

Liz Benson,

Jide Kosoko,

Ini Edo,

Carol Ekanem,

Omotola Jalade,

and many others.

So why do people still hold this view that nollywood is tribalized. Come to think, let the Yorubas start producing English movies likie the Igbos, because when they produce Yoruba films they are not giving non-Yorubas the opportunity.

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There is an opinion that Nollywood is mainly run and controlled by Igbo people. At times they get blamed in tribalism and pressing out of actors and actresses that come from other tribes. Some new comers blame the lack of success on tribalism and state that they are not given the roles to showcase their talent. However, there is also a list of great and well-known non-Igbo actors and actresses. So, such blames may not be so true. Here are few names to offer: Jide Kosoko, Ini Edo, Carol Ekanem. They are not from the Igbo tribe, but they have managed to attain success and paved the way for their talents. And even though there might be a slight degree of tribalism in Nollywood, it would not prevent the true talent from making its way to the screens.

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When Nollywood movies have stop being copied. Your will see better movies. Until them, expect what you pay for and enjoy the show. Nollywood has made Africa prouD & has employed many people.....PERIOD

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Yea and continue to disgrace the world with shitty movies while their mates in SA are making Oscar nominated movies

continue holding tight sho gbo

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I agree with you, but i think that's only one of the few things have control over in Nigeria, so dey should hold it very tight with both hands.

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They dominate that world in a way

In as much as its should be completely detribalized

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All Nigerian movies, whether Igbo, yoruba or hausa are all part of nollywood.

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of course nollywood as presently constituted is controlled by the igbos,im not holding brief for any one tribe but that attitude has been one of the bane of true professionalism in the industry and also achieving their true potentials, if the awesome achievements of their forebears are not highlighted and appreciated in nollywood because of ethnic intolerance and perceived ethnic superiority then they ll continue to go round in circles,

example is the popular but flawed notion that nollywood started in the 1990s,

if nollywood is supposed to represent NIGERIAN MOVIE PRACTITIONERS, how r bout the likes of the late herbert ogunde,who brought a hollywood production down to nigeria as far back as almost 20 years ago.

how about ade love the father of the irapada dude

eddie ugboma,who s never mentioned these days

baba sala who made films way back in the 1980s

and several others

tunde kelani who s simply one of the less than 5 truelly professional and talented producers,cinematographers fo world wide repute

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All we are saying, give us good movies, !

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nollywood,[the igbo and english film sector] makes up 80 percent of nigeria's movie industry.nolly wood started in 1991.it is different from the yoruba movie sector. the yoruba movie sector makes up about 15 % of the nigerian movie industry.

the third sector in nigeria's movie industry is the government backed sector.it is not as profitable as nolly wood or the yoruba movie sector.

lumping these 3 industries together is like lumping the two movie sectors in the us, hollywood and the indies together.

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everybody says it bcox, the yoruba have there own movie and the hausa's are not much in the movie industry, so everybody believes that nollywood is been controlled by the igbo,

well they have a lot of igbo's in the industry does not mean is controlled by them,

just that they are good in that stuff and they are really trying too

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@Mizkay? Is this Mizkay my estranged Cameroonian friend in London? Hope it is!

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Itz not like itz controlled by Igbos but Igbo guys are everywhere in the industry.

Most of the directors, producers and marketers are igbos so it looks like the igbos own the industry

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Try re-reading this, or any number of the childish threads similar to this one on this here message board.

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If you go to the north or eastern part of Nigeria and call the name "fathia balogun"nobody will know who she is.Do u know hausa people also produce movies,but they never get their movies played on TV stations in Lagos because the tv stations are yoruba dominated,the same way TV station play yoruba Rap songs and when it's time to play igbo songs they play Igbo cultural songs like "AKANCHAWA",who says there are no Igbo Rap/Hip hop songs.

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y can't yoruba movies just b in englis?? cuz we all know in Ng we speak different languages.

they could jus get the idea of the movie and put it in english, atleast more people will watch them.

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Yoruba movies can't be done in English for so many reasons. One of the reasons is that we need something that can be called our own not the borrowed language. The best we can do is to give subtitles in English. Also because it will loose its value (Yoruba). There is something about the Yoruba language and movies in general.

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we Yorubas do not like to speak pidgin, Igbos speak it in general way more casually and frequently than we Yorubas do . I thought any Nigerian knew this (ofcourse this does not imply anything malicous or prejudicial. ). So ofcourse most "English" Nollywood movies (which 90% are actually pidgin English) will be mostly Yoruba. Yoruba movies are in Yoruba because its Naija anyway, and its a Naija moview, we figure hey, why not speak our tribal language as well.

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na wahooo and does dat mean say ibo no like he lang ! the broader de sell are the more money u make !! simple thing high demand more profit ! i think it funni when yoruba claim say they be best educated in nigeria! now i see wat they meant as best educated! abeg ibo keep makin ur english movies! do ur thing nollywood! if they no want make we shine na them sabi!

god bless united nigeria!

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babwilms please for the last time read

im sorry if im being rude ,

EVEN IF I SAID YORUBA MOVIES ARE NOT NOLLYWOOD I CLEARED IT UP BY SAYIN EVEN IF THEY ARE, THEY DONT GET THAT NOLLYWOOD PUBLICITY , DAMN LISTEN IM SORRY I HAVE TO GO ALL IN CAPS BUT ITS GETTING ANNOYING IF I HAVE TO REPEAT MYSELF OVER AND OVER

AND I DONT HAVE TO BE EXPOSED TO NOLLYWOOD TO SEE WHATS OBVIOUS DUH . THE ENGLISH MOVIES LOOK AT THE INTRO AND END , YOU BARELY SEE A YORUBA NAME, AND WHEN PPL TALK ABOUT NOLLYWOOD NO ONE SAYS THE YORUBA STARS OR HAUSA BECAUSE THE ONES EVERYONE CAN WATCH IS THE ENGLISH ONES WHICH IS IGBO DOMINATED , I WONT SAY THIS AGAIN , READ THIS 10TIMES B4 U SAY SOMETHING slow.

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unfortunately what K2Dac is saying is true in a way. because when most ppl say nollywood they think genieve nnaji not faitha balogun. its saddens me. i made a topic about y nollywood is mostly consider english actors and actress, but i dont know how to put the link here.

anyways when i think nollywood i think yoruba movies, because i watch more of them than english movies.

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@K2Dac. So Yoruba and Hausa movies are not part of Nollywood abi?. I find that statement hilarious . From your statement it shows you are not expose to Nollywood at all. My apologies if you find it offensive. You probally failed to acknowledge the publicity of Yoruba or any other tribes movies.

No, Igbo's do not control Nollywood.

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ok if they are they dont make it seem like it how many times do i have to say it ??, get me? cuz not everyone watches yoruba movie , almost everyone would watch the english ones with alot of igbo ppl

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hun im exposed to alot of nigerian movies , the yoruba movies are not nollywood , or in my own sense they don't give the yoruba ones publicity as nollywood movies.

n the english ones should have all tribes , i mean they make it seem like only igbo ppl speak english wth is that all about

the new faces nvr last,

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@K2Dac. Can i ask you some questions. I think you are only judging only by the Nigerian movies you are exposed to.

1) What do you mean by Nollywood? Is it just the english home videos (mostly Igbos) or other tribes inclusive you are talking about.

2) Does the Igbo's produce more films than the Yoruba's? I strongly believe not. What about the Hausa's and other

tribes in Nigeria are thay not part of Nollywood?. Don't tell me, with the addition of these tribes, Igbo's still dominate Nollywood?. Not to even talk of Yoruba's only.

3) I see almost the same faces in English movies every time, few old faces and new faces relatively. But that is not the case in Yoruba movies, at least compare to English movies.

Peace.

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you guys r something else , who is hatin on ibo ppl ? as for me i was just sayin that nollywood is dominated w/ ibo ppl n its true you can argue with me on that n you will nvr win.

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I aint igbo and i dont envy igbos either. i see us as all the same expect we speak different languages.

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I'm not the smartest man, but I know that no matter what we Igbos do we'll always be envied by the rest of Nigerians. Some times I wish we Igbos had our own country so we don't have to keep taking this horse shiit from all the Non Igbos.

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I love Igbo people, infact I wish to get married to one.

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why una de envy ibo people ! ibo ppl still love one nigeria abeg jore make una mind ur buizness

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@hayprof.

No they dont. Not even upto half of what Nollywood produce monthly. I wonder what Nollywood you guys watch oo.

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Igbos of course dey appear on almost every movie in nollywood!

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What , do I smell tribalism?

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@saitchux. Thank you very much. This division really needs to stop. We are the new generation of Nigeria.

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The reason why we are not developing is because we emphasise more on ethnicity. When I came to Lagos for my NYSC, I was rejected where I was posted because I do not know how to speak Yoruba. The man did not ask me what & what I can do.

It is disheartening that we are dragging ethnicity to a profession where what is needed is practical. I believe that if we allow those that can do the job to do it, this country will develop faster.

It is this ethnicity that brought quota system into education system. Someone that scored 200 from North will study medicine at University of Nigeria while a Easterner that scored 250 is denied becuase of quota. See how our education system is now. Look at politicians now, every ethinic group is demanding for presidency in 2007. We are not talking of who is going to perform, but which region is going to produce the next president. it is so unfortunate.

Why should an Igbo man be in a movie if he can not act, Just for Igbos to be represented abi? should Abdulahi be part of a movie or Olaniyi just for hausa or yoruba to represented.

Please let us come together and remove ethnicity from this country so that we can develop. Let me borrow from Pator Chris Okotie campaign. "Why are we asking for where he come from, let us talk of what he represent"

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@saitchux

I feel u man. The cancaworm (ethinicity) must be delt with immediately. God bless us.

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I agree with the balance that has been alluded to so far by majority od the posters.The Nigerian film indutsry predated Nollywood and there are those who feel the the celluloid era dominated by Yorubas was more 'professional' than this era of all comers.Since 'Living in Bondage' was relased-which was in Igbo- the form of our films have changed and the men who invested heavily in that new form were the traders in Idumota and later Alaba. So, quite naturally, they will go for the people very close to them.There is noithing wrong in that and it is all part of the growing process.

The stage where we have not reached and which we need to get to is the evolution of a 'new tribe' of practitioners whose passion is not where they come from but how the films are made and the quality and content of every film.I speak of highly creative people,irrespective of where they come from.That will speak louder than the kinds of people who run the industry.

Non igbos may complain about the dominance of Igbos in the Nollywood business the way non-Yorubas complained then that it was only Ogunde and Co that were involved in the celluloid era film industry.

Let the film industry and watchers get their priorities right.Quality does not have a tribe!

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hmmmm k2dac think ur pic is nice ! is dat cheese meant for me baby

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why una dey evny me now hey hehehe every now and then una just dy yan i need this and need that i never say a word na my turn oga seun !! de don come ooo

the topic is na only ibo man fit fix up nigeria

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can you'll take this to YAHOO MESSENGER OR SOMETHING, lol

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Can we get back to the topic please. Nairaland members are too fund of diverting away from topics.

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Wesleya can i ask u wey u dey

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me im mean? okayyyyy whatever ur the one thats mean , youre nvr on yahoo though so uhh ill call

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