It is no doubt that Nigeria’s
movie industry, Nollywood is
the second largest after India’s
Bollywood. Nollywood has
been widely accepted to have
started in 1993 following the
success of Ken Nebue’s “Living
in bondage” and since then, the
industry has been growing in
leaps and bounds producing
millions of films yearly thereby
making it the second largest
film industry in the world after
The industry has over the
years soared, contributing
immensely to Nigeria’s touristic
export making the Federal
Government to channel some of
its resources worth three billion
naira in enhancing this sector of
the economy, which experts say
contributes about 1.13 trillion
naira to the country’s Gross
Domestic Product.
This platform called
Nollywood has given birth
to great actor and actresses
who have gained international
recognition, fame and
fortune beyond their wildest
imagination by starring in
several Nigerian films.
Nollywood in particular,
has achieved a significant feat
behind India’s Bollywood in the
global film markets, in terms
of volume of production such
that Nigerians with the passion
for Nollywood films now hold
divergent views about its impact
on the general society, economy,
social and the political class.
Therefore, stakeholders in the
movie industry have expressed
different shades of opinion on
the impact of the industry.
Head, Performing Arts
Department of Cyprian
Ekwensi Centre for Arts and
Culture, Mr. Kayode Aiyegbusi,
said that Nollywood films were
sending positive and negative
messages to the viewers.
According to him, the movie
industry is one that can break
all kinds of barriers with the
different messages in the films
such as race, insecurity, and
religion, among others.
Aiyegbusi said that the
industry had not been doing
enough in sending the right
messages on issues that affected
the society.
“I have been fortunate
to be outside this country,
where people were talking about Nigerian movies. The
impression is that all our movies
are targeted at witches, nudity,
bad mothers-in-law, 419, rituals,
money rituals and all sorts of
negative things,” he said.
He urged movie producers
to produce movies that would
reflect the good of the country
and not to further give it a
degrading image.
Mr. Gabriel Enwerem,
a teacher at Nurl Bayan
International Academy, Wuse,
Zone 5 Abuja, said that movies
were being produced to
entertain the audience.
Enwerem, however, said
that movies should be geared
to entertain and educate the
audience on issues happenings
in the society.
Another Nollywood fan,
Ifeyinwa Omowole, described
Nollywood as an industry
which had gone very far and
had achieved success in the
branding, re-branding and
shaping of Nigeria society.
She gave credence to
Nollywood for projecting the
Nigerian culture and image both
at home and abroad, ranging
from language to dressing and
Omowole said that Nigerian
women were not portrayed
decently in the movies; this
was why some of them were
dressing half-clad in the movie.
According to her, this has
made some women to be
dressing indecently in the real
life, emulating what they are
viewing in the Nollywood.
Also speaking, Mr Paul Dung,
a student of the University of
Abuja, described Nollywood
as a medium through which
the image of Nigeria was being
He said that Nollywood had assisted some people to be
gainfully employed.
Mrs Bukola Adewumi, a civil
servant, said the industry had
not been producing movies with
morals, rather it had promoted
foreign culture and nudity in
the name of fashion.
Adewumi called on
government to impose sanctions
on movies that promoted vices
that tarnished the image of the
He suggested that government
should ensure that movies were
screened before releasing them
for public consumption.
Hajia Sani, a civil servant,
said that most Nollywood films
highlighted vices in the society
without proffering solutions to
She said this was more
often than not the fault of the
scriptwriters rather than that of
the actors.
She said that producers were
more interested to produce
movies that would attract
consumers’ interests rather than
what would portray the good
image of the society.
“I am highly disappointed
by lack of professionalism of
the actors. There is more to
acting than appearances. In
the past, there were movies
like Mirror in the Sun, Village
Headmaster, Itchoku, Magana
Jarice that were well written,
very professional as the actors
were screened and cast for their
roles,’’ she said.
According to her, these are the
lifeline for social broadcasting;
families look forward to these
She further stated that,
“We need to bring in more
professionals to change the face
of Nollywood and by extension,
the face of Nigeria.”