One of the pioneers of Nollywood,
Ene Oloja, has urged film makers in
the country to improve the quality
of content to gain wider acceptance,
break even and impact more on the
society.
Oloja, who is in Abuja for the
shooting of the movie, `Zero Hour’,
told the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Thursday that content is
key to the success of any movie.
She is playing Hauwa in the
new movie alongside Nollywood’s
Richard Mofe Damijo, Eucharia
Anunobie, Alex Ekubo and
Kannywood’s Rahama Sadau, Ali
Nuhu and many others.
Oloja, who starred as Zamaye
in“Cock Crow at Dawn’’ in the
1980s and Funmi, Nosa’s sister, in
“Behind the Clouds’’ in the 1990s,
became a household name in the
country while she acted in the
movies.
She migrated to the U.S. in 1991,
and in 2007, she starred alongside
America’s Jodie Foster in the
suspense thriller ,“The Brave One’’
directed by Neil Jordan.
Oloja now works as a `Readiness
Instructor’ in the U.S.
“Nollywood has really grown by
leaps and bounds, but I would love
to see us tackle some certain content
and issues in our society that would
be beneficial to the average viewer.
“Our craft as artistes is very
sensitive; we can use our craft to
touch lives; Cock Crow at Dawn
was successful because it helped
people sort out issues in their
everyday lives.
“Then, viewers looked at the
characters in the film and were
instigated to behave like them; good
content can touch peoples’ lives and
give them a road map as to how to
make their lives better,“ she said.
Oloja, however, noted that so
much wrongs were going on in the
country.
She emphasised that content that
deals with domestic violence for
men and women, mental health
issues as a result of drug abuse, and
dynamics of families, would impact
better on society.
According to her, such issues
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She has also had a couple of
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should form content of movies, to
help people to know how to deal
with them in their communities.
“There is an epidemic of drug
abuse in the country and the whole
world; a lot of families are suffering
either because their kids are on hard
drugs or out of school.
“Also, it is important to get input
from social workers, professionals on
mental health and other fields when
writing the scripts, so that they can
proffer solutions.
“When viewers or families watch
such movie or series, it will give
them an idea on how to deal with
particular issues; we need to be able
give content that will help people.
“This is because we can’t shape
the psyche of our community, but
we can touch one life; and when
you touch one life, you have
touched 10 or more,’’ Oloja said.
She noted that it was important
for film makers to take care of the
content they are putting out.
The Benue-born actress said it
was regrettable that most of the
content in Nollywood movies
centred on voodoo, cultism,
kidnapping, fraud and others that
had no positive impact on the
society.
She said that when children
watch such content in movies, they
imbibe those evil deeds into their
psyche, and it begins to manifest in
their real lives.
“That means we are writing on our
children’s lives without also realising
that these are the things that we
are entrenching in their hearts and
minds.
“Film makers have to love what
they are doing; they also have to bear
in mind that what they are doing
is going to touch somebody either
positively or negatively.
“Thus, they have to make a choice
on how they want to touch the lives
of others in the society,’’ Oloja said.
(NAN)

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