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Why are there no white actors in Nigeria? Why go to another country and complain about lack of opportunities there then disallow people from other races from acting in your films? Why are all the actors Nigerian?

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This thread is kind of funny to me, because how many whites can act African things. I have seen white people and foreigners in the African films but not too many. The post that said Yoruba films only put Yorubas that one na big lie!

Tony Umez did a number of Yoruba films-Oyato, Timba Taye Wa, No Rival(Kosorogun),

Ngozi Nwosu-Plenty of Yoruba movies-Asiri Eko, Elebolo, etc.(More popular in Yoruba films than English films)!

Shan George-Larinloodu,Etc.(plenty)

Kelvin Ikeduba-Too many! Infact they call him a lot

Enebeli Elebua-Ogidan,Abeke(Too many)

Alex Usifo-36 Kiniun, City Girls, Oyato, Ogidan and more

Grace Amah-Too many

These are just a list of few non-Yoruba who been in more than one film.

Even many of our everyday actors and actresses are not from Yoruba origin. For example, Rachel Oniga, Doris Simeon, Mercy Aigbe, Ricardo Agbor, etc.

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because Nigeria is a Black African country and Nollywood represents the culture & people of the tribes of Nigeria for the most part, you don't see whites running around in Nigeria every 2 seconds, do you?, when it comes to Nigerians in America, they don't complain about not having opportunities in Hollywood, it is African Americans that do that, which they have a right to. So your complaint is rubbish

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Ignorant lot, confusing Racism with Tribalism

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the original poster of this thread is daft *sori i had 2 speak my mind* nigeria is nt a black nd white nation lik SA,most white people are either here to work(oil,construction etc) or are on a short term vacation.Moreover nig.movies arent always fiction most of d events occur,but unfortunately nt btw a nigerian nd a white.i believe wen they want to make a movie on abduction in d niger delta then u'll c as much whites as you want*dats if dey even c those dat wil agree to act 4 nollywood

com 2 think of it i ve seen some whites in quite a nos. of nollywood movies.

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I am responding to PMDaboh's post. You appear to be showing that "Ugly American" attitude when talking about Nollywood movies. First of all, how much of the various Nigerian cultures do you understand? Who says they express themselves in the same manner as Americans do? It, in my opinion,is very unfair that you judge Nollywood movies by American standards. As much as we, African-Americans, are stereotyped and misjudged, we should try to avoid doing it to others.

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I too am African-American. I LOVE Nollywood movies. I have only been watching them for about a year and a half. I watch them on line and I order them as well. I don't miss the special effects found in Hollywood movies. Many of the Nollywood movies keep me glued to my seat and looking forward to Part II & III. To the African-American who compared Nollywood to Hollywood, remember Nollywood is Nollywood and Hollywood is Hollywood. Learn to appreciate each for what its uniqueness. I do.

I see nothing wrong with Nollywood employing primarily Nigerians since Nollywood is in Nigeria. The original poster's question is outlandish and even insulting. I guess Bollywood , as far as this poster is concerned, must find whites to put in their movies. Does Hollywood go around the world on a regular basis to find people from other countries to put in its movies just so they won't be viewed as a racist? I say keep up the good work Nollywood.

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Thank you jare. Someone with intelligence.

and yes dowxytd's sole purpose on NL has always been a way to cause Everyone vs Yorubas friction. His whole schtick is so tired.

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It aint Really that way,  u see Holly, sorry Bolly, I mean Nollywood actually features whites from time 2 time

But u know that can be quite expensive for most of our low-budjetting producers

Thats why they mostly use cheap Lebaneese, or other broke arabs for white intended parts

In other cases they pick up any broke white without the slightest cue of acting just to save cost

But at least they get their viewers believing anyways. Dem dey try

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It aint Really that way, u see Holly, sorry Bolly, I mean Nollywood actually features whites from time 2 time

But u know that can be quite expensive for most of our low-budjetting producers

Thats why they mostly use cheap Lebaneese, or other broke arabs for white intended parts

In other cases they pick up any broke white without the slightest cue of acting just to save cost

But at least they get their viewers believing anyways. Dem dey try

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A huge display of ignorance again! ! ! What will it cost you to do your 'homework' before coming here to display your ignorance?

Below is a list of Ibo/half Ibos that co-starred in yoruba movies(just to name a few)

RMD---                      Ayomida

Georgina Iwuoha----Olabisi omo logbalogba

Grace Amah----         Agbeke, Iru oka, Eji owuro

 Liz Benson-----         Eeku ida

Emeka Ike----          Eeku ida

Shan George----       KKK

Lilian Bach-----          oloju ede

Steph Nora Okere----Awenibaku, Aye jobele

Jumai Joseph  -----    Ale ariwo

Earnest Asuzu-----    Aago kan oru

Hanks anuku----       Ogidan

I can't remember these two guys' names,but check Eru and Oru,two new movies produced by Ayo Adesanya Hassan,the lead actors are not yorubas!

The same reason Ibos produce Ibo movies in Ibo language.

I don't understand the rationale behind your post, but if it's to cause another yoruba/ibo fracas, you've missed the road as no one is interested in that now.

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no mind dem

folish nigerians

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that is a silly question to ask. in america, would you see other foreigners acting in their movies. no! only in certain movies. in bollywood would you see a black or white man acting in their movies no! nigerian movies reflect the nigerican life. american movies reflect the american life, latino movies reflect the latin life. why would we have a white man acting in our movies. are their white man acting in yall (east african) movie if you even get movie sef.

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nigerian movies are made for nigerians and if u dnt like it that way go and hang

end of story

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Y r nigerians always whinning about this homevideos when anyone with a good script and a budget can do it. So tell me what this buzz is about. I love my Nigerian peoples and west African peoples but yes am sensitive to other races infiltration.

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te dude who started this thread should be beanned. All his posts are always anti-nigerian. I recall him saying nigerians look like monkeys on one of his posts. I am tired of irrelevant crap. How many white peeps live in Nigeria

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I agreed with all that you said but keep in mind that Yoruba movies were around YEARS before the whole English Nolly thing came to play.

As for the person saying that non Yorubas arent featured in Yoruba movies, how about you watch a few before making that assumption. Last I checked Zach Orji, Sandra Achums and co werent Yoruba and many feature in the movies as long as they can speak the language.

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I like how docwyx turned a thread about why isnt there white people in Nollywood to "why does Yoruba movies speak Yourba"

Dude you are so embarrassing.

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this topic is thrash because i HAVE seen films which feature whites

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question that we should be asking is y nollywood is very tribalistic in nature. everything about nollywood is tribalistic.

the english version is dominated by Igbos, are they the best actors/actresses we ave in nigeria i guess not.

95% of all the cast in a normaal home video(english version) are igbos, igbo related, culture igbo, na only igbo dey for nigeria. any village sceen must be from the east.

they can't even explore the other regions like the north, west, south south.

thats one of the reasons nollywood still remains wacked and messed up.

now yourubas have seggregated themselves to be acting their own.

probably the hausas will start their own soon.

honestly we are still far away in nolllywood.

am not a yoruba person but if am to watch a nollywood movie it has to be a yoruba epic movie, its more natural and nigerian like::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Whats wrong with the black race?? wether Igbos dominate Nollywood or not s not the matter, Jews from Eastern Europe founded Hollywood and during its early stage, Jews made up over 80%of actors, producers and directors but now, its an American thing and it generates revenue, popularity and fame to America and not Israel, Even if Igbos dominate Nollywood, its still seen outside as Nigerian film Industry and not Igbo film industry, Another thing is that Yoruba or Hausa moneybags might not want to invest in the business of marketing and production of quality films,, Then if igbo merchants do that, whats the big deal?? na wa for Blacks,,,,,,,, i go soon change to blue cuz even whotes get their own wahala,

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Nollywood is not racists but is there to mainly promote the culture of our people. In answer to your question whether we r racist i think that the answer clearly is no there have been many films that i have watched that white people did star is but probably the two most popular would be osuofia in London i know this is not the best of example because it doesn't really promote our people but please remember that it is a comedy but not meant to b taken seriously but done as a good laugh.

Another film that i ve watched which not only promote some Nigerian venue in London (mama calabar) but starred a British mixed race and her co star friend who was white. this film is called London Boy and was filmed in London, UK.

Both this film have Nollywood A list Stars who work along unknown white actress, if Nigerian were as racists as you are suggesting why didn't they just used D list Nollywood celebritiesfor these films.

Bollywood to an extend can also be said to be racists because aside Bride and Prejudice and Bend it like Beckham how many other Bollywood films do you know that Star Whites.

Both Nollywood and Bollywood dnt really protrait Whites as being inferior to their culture in the same way that the whites do with their culture.

Please question why it is that Broadcasters like the BBC when doing a documentary about Africa but in particular Nigeria also emphasis and highlight our downfalls hence the latest being that of the election. Yes there is also some form of corruption in our elections however Nigeria as a whole are improving as a country and we are taking the right steps forward in their broadcasting did they talk about the achievements of the EFCC or the economic growth of calabar. Moreover did they do an extensive coverage of the presidential candidates on T.V and on their website.

May be its the Whites who are Racists to Nollywood just like they gave Bollywood a chance where white directors worked with the India or Asian directors maybe them they should work alongside Nigerian directors. Beside the point the only White directed film that was a success that highlighted our African culture but didn't star any famous African star that i have seen are the secret laughters of women starring Nia long .

phat girlz staring mo'nique although a black Film really lifts up the Nigerian Culture especially Yoruba (i m igbo) and if you do watch it there were alot of Nigerian extras and language supporters, though it is directed by a African America.

Really n truly Nollywood is not racists but is playing the waiting game of the western world to see its talent particularly the UK but i m positive about this and i know that our time will come but we have to be like Bollywood forever boosting the culture as a whole not just that of Nigerian or a particular subculture of it. Nollywood should aim to be investors of promoting African culture on a continent scale not just Nigeria.

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therefore see this topic a bit more or less pointless n not well research alot of ppl arguments r lacking evidence or proof of racist behaviour.

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, Well what i think about the race thing in nollywood is that ,most producers are prejudiced towards actors from other divides, what makes it wrong to involve South Africans/Ghanians in our film acting to really make it panafrican? It makes it more acceptable in almost every part of AFRICA and the World

If we fear infiltration, why also is it that our home videos are dominated by one ethnic stock, you hardly have a good spread of people representing the many cultures in Nigeria, so ethicity and jingoisim should be tackled alongside racism

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yes. some even go on to Benin. so what is your point?

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@ehie007, men most of the yoruba films u have seen did they explore other places exerpt lagos? Well, am not even going to argue ibo vs yoruba or anything of that nature with u because i have a lot of tight paddies that are yorubas, hausas, and lots of Nigerian tribe which have made me a respectful, accepting, experienced, and a loving person. Men, i have cousins that 'r yorubas and these 'r first cousins and gees too so i guess u write a script and also travel to the eastern parts of Nigeria afterall a lot of yoruba people school there and many live there so stop restricting ur youth to only Ondo, and other typical yoruba states cuz u 'll grow old being clouded by false views.

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1st of all. Niger actors don't over act. they try to potray Africans in the best way they can't n yes they r whites in nollywood industry. finally, nobody its holding the yoruba's to do there own stuff. Hausa's also have there own movies. but u know how they think. No body get time 4 Sharia law violation. thx!

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First of all dat nollyword name needs to be changed cuz there's no reason for dat its just to make themselves feel like hollywood. And I don't think dat cuz a lot of white people 'r not in the movies means we'r racist moreover I have seen a lot of homemovies dat had white people in it and very popular ones too like osofia in london and the other osofia's movie where he duped some guys from America. My point is dat Nigeria is more populated with blacks dat the few whites around 'r working for their governments.

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who posted this sh*t? talk about human stupidity, they might be tribalistic but racist? hell no!

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again you people responding to these Nigerian haters have nothing better to do?

Why arent there any white people in East African movies, Elody? Oh yea you people cant afford a camera.

comot jare.

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I reckon if there were actors who were white am sure they would give them opportunities when the parts arise.

There are lots of 'white' actors that have small parts in the dramas

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how many european  president are married to black woman? are they racist?

well all i can say u can always jump off from the twin tower

my Bottom

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This post is more silly than I thought

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not racist at all just homophobic its okay for two women to be kissing but not okay for two men to kiss its about time gay actors come out from nigeria and act as i understand it u have to be lesbo or gay to get a film part in niaja

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the question that we should be asking is y nollywood is very tribalistic in nature. everything abt nollywood is tribalistic.

the english version is dominated by Igbos, are they the best actors/actresses we ave in nigeria i guess not.

95% of all the cast in a normaal home video(english version) are igbos, igbo related, culture igbo, na only igbo dey for nigeria. any village sceen must be from the east.

they cant even explore the other regions like the north, west, south south.

thats one of the reasons nollywood still remains wacked and messed up.

now yourubas have seggregated themselves to be acting their own.

probably the hausas will start their own soon.

honestly we are still far away in nolllywood.

am not a yoruba person but if am to watch a nollywood movie it has to be a yoruba epic movie, its more natural and nigerian like.

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Please see this preview on you tube starring desmond elliot. I see a lot of White people in this one

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I don't understand what you mean by this. Do we have white Nigerians in the first place? Despite that, for your information, I have seen some whites acting roles in Naija home videos. If you haven't seen any, it only means you have watched only a FEW. A lot of home videos have been shot in Europe and US and obviously whites are part of the actors/actresses. So take your time and be objective in your criticism of Nigeria, OK?

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You dont see foreign actors in our movies because all nollywood ever acts is how we think as Nigerians.I dont see a white man coming to act a witchcraft movie or iya basira or babalawo!!!!!

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nollywood most definitely isn't racist.

Nigeria is 95-99% black and the consumers of nollywood movies are also black (africans at home and abroad).

we really don't need whites in our home videos. even though it might not hurt to have 1 or 2. it's not like they watch our movies or anything.

have you seen osofia in london? that movie has whites in it. lol

give 5 solid reasons to convince me that there should me whites in nollywood.

like sisimose said, there are no blacks in bollywood because bollywood is indian. there aren't whites in nollywood either because nollywood is nigerian. lol

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If you dont watch the movies then how do you know for a fact that the allegation is false?

I'm sorry but i dont think i've ever seen an 'oyibo' in a nollywood film that was wholey shot in NG.

I stand corrected if this is not the case, however on the other hand its kind of odd thinking wot role a caucassian wld play in a typical witchcraft laden movie.

Woteva the reason for the lack of foreigners it sure aint racism though

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how many home videos have you watched to assume they are all blacks or which foreigner was barred from acting? post your fact and lets treat it. im not a home video freak but i know your claim is not accurate

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