"Why are young filmmakers afraid of regulation?" - Greg Odutayo
"Let’s not allow all the social media noise to distract us from doing the right thing," Greg Odutayo calls out Nollywood practitioners protesting the passage of the MOPPICON bill into law.
Veteran Nollywoodproducer and director, Greg Odutayo (director "My Mum & I" and "Beyond Blood") has reached out to practitioners protesting the proposed MOPPICON bill.
According to him, Nollywood shouldn't allow all the social media noise to distract them from doing the right thing.
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Read what Odutayo has to say below:
"From the time that news broke of the intention of the Hon. Minister, Lai Mohammed to set up a committee to have the MOPICON bill reviewed, there has been a lot of “noise” on social media aimed at ensuring that the bill is killed. I wonder why.
This current bill is 10 years old for crying out loud and I as NANTAP President was one of those opposed to the content of this bill even 10 years ago. The bill was inadequate in addressing the challenges facing the industry. It is even worse now. But our Minister has merely asked for a review so we can have the industry properly regulated. No the question is why are the young filmmakers afraid of regulation?
It is obvious that they are not aware of this huge lifeline that the Minister is giving us as an industry. An opportunity to actually for once take ourselves seriously so that everyone else – government, the private sector, business community can take usserious. The protection of the industry is paramount so that the industry can move in leaps and bounds.
I know the current bill is highly inadequate but let's not throw the baby away with the dirty bath water. Lets fashion a bill that will help create a conducive environment for creativity. Lets produce a bill that will help the industry grow so we can leave a legacy for the younger generation. We may not get another opportunity to get this right.
Let’s not allow all the social media noise to distract us from doing the right thing."
The Motion Picture Practitioners Council of Nigeria (MOPPICON) Bill was created over 10 years ago after a group of industry practitioners sat to draft it.
Recently, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the inauguration of a Ministerial Committee aimed at fast-tracking the passage into law of the MOPPICON Bill.
Following the announcement, Nollywood practitioners have reacted undefinedincluding Twitter.
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Watch "Beyond Blood" trailer below.
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