Kemi Afolabi 'You can't compare Yoruba movie scripts with others'

Kemi Afolabi who has featured in Indigenous and English speaking movies, says the 'English actors' are not staying true to their culture.

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In a recent interview with The Nation, Yoruba actress Kemi Afolabi spoke on the perceived discrimination in Nollywood.

According to the actress, while she doesn't think there's any kind of discrimination, she's of the opinion that Yoruba movie scripts are better than others.

She also stated that the 'English speaking industry,' are not staying true to their culture.

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Kemi Afolabi with her daughter beforestepping out for the birthday bash

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Read excerpts below;

On Perceived discrimination;

I don’t see any form of discrimination because I’ve been able to do my job very well in the few English sets that I’ve been to. I did my job and I got out. But what I thought was the fracas here is the fact that English is a formal language, anybody can identify with it.

But Yoruba is limited because it’s for those who can speak the language. Yoruba is one of the languages we have in the country.

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On staying true to the genre;

You cannot compare a Yoruba script with others. It is rich in culture; ‘ve been on the other side, I’ve done a couple of productions but I feel these people are not staying true to their culture.

I can say that the Yoruba movies have actually prompted the English speaking industry to start doing Igbo movies. The Hausas are also following up.

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Yoruba actor Odunlade Adekola and Kemi Afolabi on the set of a movie

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On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, reacted to a This Day Style cover, Nollywood best dressed.

Her response led to people addressing the existing gap between Yoruba actors and English speaking movie industry.

Recently, Yomi Fash Lanso, described himself as a 'Nigerian actor,' asking "what is Nollywood."

Watch Fash Lanso's interview below.

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