"In the last 10 days, I have watched “Nollywood” exhibit the ignorance that has kept it in Limbo for the last 17 years."
Founder of the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards(AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, who will also chair the review of the controversial bill, has shared the thoughts.
According to her, most of Nollywood practitioners discussing the controversial bill are 'extremely ignorant.'
Read her post as shared on her Facebook page;
With all due respect to all my creative colleague’s but I have to say my mind, in the last 10 days I have watched “Nollywood” exhibit the ignorance that has kept it in Limbo for the last 17 years, all of a sudden people take one piece of information and start to lecture you about in America, in London, in Mushin.
Please most of the so called young woods and some of the old woods discussing the basis of MOPICON (POPCORN) are extremely ignorant, let’s just take what happened to the white Oscars and what the March and blacking out of the Oscars led to a change, Not being well informed is not an excuse to delude others.
Creative unions all over the world exist to protect our existence and help us, it is optional to join. From Chukemeka Chikelu’s time till date the need to be in control by some power blocks who see it as their birthright to Control people in Nollywood.
A conducive enabling environment will grow Nollywood to become a real investment into the Nigerian economy, for all the people shouting no to MOPICON, please what is MOPICON? and please how much did you make from your last film or your film did not make money but it was in Cannes in official selection,or it is an Asaba film and you have made 30m from VCD’s
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How can anyone think that another film maker will want a film maker to go to jail, maybe just maybe whilst trying to destroy what is good for our collective life, in your self centred egotistical need to prove that you know it all you are actually showing your ignorance and it’s so annoying. Before shouting kill maybe just maybe you should look well before you leap joining the bandwagon. Arrogance based on ignorance is not intelligence.
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, most filmmakers took to Twitter and various social media to protest, creating the hastag #NoToMopicon.
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