Usually we hear Ghanaian actors complaining about our industry and talking about how great the Nigerian industry is – but it turns out Nigerians themselves are not so confident in their industry.
Emeka Ike, undoubtedly one of the top names out of Nollywood, says the industry is currently dead.
“One cannot underestimate that fact. Nollywood is not undergoing a lull as a matter of fact; the industry is dead right now.” He said in a recent interview.
“If you know how much Nollywood has been trampled upon you will know that there is no movie made right now that is structured on the Nollywood you and I use to know. What you see going on right now are perhaps the small boys around the industry in those days making some of the few movies you have around now.”
Ike added that the industry’s output has fallen so bad from what it used to be at its prime which is what convinces him that its dead.
“By every instrument of measurement Nollywood is dead. If you are an industry that produced a hundred movies monthly in the past and now you don’t make seven movies in a month then you have a problem; that’s 7/100. That’s a failure. Forget the fact that a few like Desmond Elliot, Uche Jumbo, Monalisa Chinda, Stephanie Okereke, Emem Isong and a few others are trying to release movies.” he said.
He added: “Theirs is just a solo struggle of some artistes who love what they do. You see, those are not even producers; they are the talents. So at the end of the day, the real producers themselves are not making movies any more.
“Where are the likes of Chico Ejiro, Zeb Ejiro, Fred Amata, Paul Obasele, Jetta Amata, Teco Benson, Fidelis Duker and others? I heard the other day where Chico Ejiro was saying ‘people are now going to the Cinemas and the industry is churning out good films’, but ask him, which movie has he taken to Cinema in 10 years?” he asked.