Yomi Fash Lanso Actor sees himself as a 'Nigerian actor', asks "what is Nollywood?"

"Hollywood in America has got history, so what is Nollywood in Nigeria? I see myself as a Nigerian actor, and that's just it," he added.

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In a recent interview with Hip TV, Yoruba actor Yomi Fash Lanso spoke on reports that Yoruba actors are considered illiterates because they don't speak English in their movies.

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Responding, the "Jenifa" actor asked "What is illiteracy? Can you give me the terminology for illiteracy? ‘We don’t speak English’ Is English our language?

Whoever says that, tell that person he’s a very stupid person,” the actor passionately added. "Ask that person ' is English your mother tongue?'  If the person says 'no,' then tell him 'you're stupid.' 

I cannot be forced to speak another man's culture, it's stupidity on my own personality. Until we realize that we need to uplift our culture and language, we will be nobody.

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According to the actor, he is yet to decide what Nollywood stands for in Nigeria. He further stated that he doesn't see himself as a Nollywood actor, but as a Nigerian actor.

"Personally, I don't know. I'm sorry but I'm still trying to get the meaning of Nollywood. I don't know where Nollywood is in Nigeria. If you want to go to Hollywood in USA, at any point of entry, ask anybody 'sorry, I want to visit Hollywood,' you will be directed to Los Angeles in California. So, where's Nollywood in Nigeria? What's Nollywood?

"Hollywood in America has got history, so what is Nollywood in Nigeria? I see myself as a Nigerian actor, and that's just it," he added.

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On Sunday, March 20, 2016, Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe Gentry, reacted to a This Day Style cover, which omitted her name as one of Nollywood best dressed.

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

Fash Lanso is popular for movies like "Dazzling Mirage," "Kadara Mi," "Opolu" among others.

Watch Fash's interview below.

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