Is the Nigerian Film Industry dying slowly or is it just refusing to grow? Nollywood movies (english, particularly) seem to have taken a plunge in terms of quantity of production and even the buzz usually surrounding it. Many of its human resources seem to now have alternative sources of livelihood. One cannot tell for sure if this has to do with the current GFC (Global Financial Crisis) or the impact of the NFVCB (National Film and Video Censors Board) regulations, or even the impact of the make lagos clean by LASAA (cos now no more putting on of posters anyhow in all corners of lagos). A recent visit to National Theatre, Iganmu where actors, actresses, crew people and other key Nollywood persons meet, after they officially moved from Winnies' Hotel (a popular hotel at Kilo Junction), Surulere a few years ago, suggested that the place has been lacking visitors for quite a while. Virtually nothing was happening there. Going back to Winnies' cos its still the preferred hang out zone, suggestedthe same thing. Everywhere was just dry and stale. No posters around for auditions, or casting or anythingto suggest there may be a handful of jobs going on. Sighting an old pal (former continuity man but now a director), he told me Nollywood's preferred location these days is Asaba in Delta State, as well as Enugu. He said a lot of people had actually left the industry as lots of factors had to play in causing the present situation. The NFVCB drove out those small marketers (in quotes) by puttting a new capitalization base for distributors etc. The few big players there are virtually doing nothing that one can say is moving the industry forward. We acknowledge the growth of Music videos in the country today. They are not where they used to be five years ago. But what's with Nollywood. The Yoruba movies seem to have been churning out more movies in the last one year, cos they are not that affected by the NFVCB, as i think their distributors only need to be licensed by NFVCB as regional, state or local distributors, which carries a lower capitalization than that for national, which English movies are subjected to. Many producers have produced movies and reported losses, people are more wary about going into producing movies these days. The frequency at which movies are being shown on almost all channels on local stations and with 24 hours movie channels on cable stations such as DSTV, HiTV, Daarsat, to name a few. Only God knows if the industry can actually be really saved.
On a lighter side, i had developed some world class standard movie scripts (for Nollywood), and was looking forward to finding a willing producer to produce it, since i'm currently engaged with some masters' degree work, if not i probably would have produced it myself considering the fact that i'm
actually an industry person (have written & produced a couple of TV progs and movie scripts though am not a typical Nollywood person). Anyone interested in the scripts?