Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Nollywood Movies in Indigenous Languages Are Better than Those in English Language

Nollywood Movies in Indigenous Languages Are Better than Those in English Language
Their story lines are more socially-relevant, the plots are more engaging and the interpretation of roles more mature than home videos in English.

This is especially true of Yoruba movies with rich tradition that goes back in time long before Nollywood.

- Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director, The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB)
This has confirmed what I said over 10 years ago on December 2, 2006 and posted on Nairaland.

"Yoruba movies do not cost a fortune, but they are still better than the so called epic movies of Nollywood.
Yoruba actors and actresses are more natural and more credible in characterization than the English speaking Ibo and Urhobo/Isoko actors in Nollywood."

This critical observation is very important in the further development of Nollywood and to film criticism and studies on Nollywood.
Many foreign followers, film critics and scholars have failed to see this and failed to study the importance of the nuances of Nollywood movies in the indigenous languages of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. The first Nollywood blockbuster movie, "Living in Bondage" 1 and 2 directed by Chris ObiRapu and Christian Chika Onu, PhD, in 1992 and 1993 in the Igbo language became bestsellers, because of the indigenous language of the movie, the Igbo actors, producers and distributors from Idumota in Lagos to Onitsha, Owerri and Aba in the southeast of Nigeria attracted millions of their fellow Igbos to rush for the VHS tapes. And of course the Igbo movie pirates made most of the sales on the streets from Alaba to Onitsha and Aba and still selling the pirated copies today.

If any Nollywood movie will ever take us to the Oscars, it is going to be one in the indigenous language and not in English.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series
@247 Nigeria
Founder/Executive Director
Focus On Nollywood (FON)
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