TIME Magazine has an interesting story on Nigeria’s film industry. The writer follows Director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen as he goes about his daily routine of shooting Nollywood movies. Piracy is ofcourse a problem that plagues African musicians and film makers alike.
There are signs that a way is being found around this problem. One such initiative started by Jason Chuka of Nollywood Love is to buy the rights to Nollywood films directly from Nigerian movie makers thereby putting money in their pockets and not into those of the pirates. The movies are then shown FREE on syndicated websites like ours, MyWeku – Nollywood Movies. Nollywood Love makes its revenue by showing adverts on these full length Nollywood movies.
TIME Magazine extract:
BENIN CITY — “Where’s the damn key?” The meter is ticking on the set of “Behind Closed Doors II,” the sequel of a major Nigerian box office hit. Director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen paces restlessly back and forth in front of the villa in this southern Nigerian city. Filming should have started by now. Oduwa is small and muscular, and wears a chain with a cross around his neck. Waving his arms around, he barks into his cell phone: “Where the hell are you? Do you know how much this is costing me?” His booming voice can be heard above the din of city traffic.
Twenty people are standing around waiting, some of the best-known actors in the country among them. But nothing doing; the gates to the villa remain locked.