Mo Abudu, the renowned Nigerian filmmaker, has recently expressed her distaste for the contemporary reference to the country’s film industry as ‘Nollywood’.Information Guide Nigeria
Mo Abudu, the mastermind behind blockbuster hits such as Fifty, The Wedding Party, and Oloture, has made it clear that she prefers not to classify her productions as Nollywood films. The EbonyLife TV honcho harbours a deep-seated aversion to the term, owing to its controversial history.
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In a recent interview with Deadline, the media mogul made a noteworthy statement while sitting alongside the talented African-American actor, Idris Elba. The two have recently joined forces in a co-production partnership that is sure to make waves in Hollywood.JAMB Result
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“Do you know the history behind the word? A Canadian journalist came to Nigeria and decided that he was going to give us the name Nollywood, and that was it. It’s stuck since then.
“I hate the word Nollywood. The term Nollywood itself is a bad genre of filmmaking. We all know what Nollywood is supposed to represent — it’s the VHS films that were made back in the day.
“So, to still be called Nollywood, for me, is a no. We need to use terms like African filmmakers or Nigerian filmmakers,” she said.
“I have an obsession with making a big blockbuster that the world is going to see, but putting things into context for Africa, we don’t have the budget,” she said.NYSC Portal