I regret dating Yomi Ogunmola - Doris Simeon-Ademinokan

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I repeat again, If I don't respond to you, its probably because you're not worth it. You're not, I'm sorry.

I've dealt with warriors and warrioresses on NR. What would I do with you? I'm so sorry to disappoint you, child.

Again, go play elsewhere.
 
But Simeon is part of a new generation of Yoruba actors (led by Solade who has been doing this for more than 20yrs). They are educated, and can hold their own in any circle.
Yes, she is! She comes across as one who can breath life into any role and that is why it hurts to see her only appear in Yoruba movies, when she can cater to a larger fan base. People love her, without even seeing a full feature of her movie: she has great star appeal! Its transparent!

See, there is the tight-fisted casting nature of what is currently called "English" Nollywood. To go into that would require another epistle, but it isn't enough to play it safe with your established audience (without trying to gain new ones) by only producing in Yoruba. That is why Kunle Afolayan's recent release, Irapada, remains a beautiful piece of work to me. Instead of waiting for someone to put him in an English movie, he made his own (mostly English) movie. I wonder why he released it himself... Could it be because the regular established Yoruba marketers are unwilling to go out of their comfort zone and market something different? I think the Yoruba movie marketers are just as greedy as the "English" ones. Worse, they're too contented with peanuts, rentals from their video clubs and the self-piracy they embark on with the English ones in the absence of accountability.
No one frustrated TK's marketing efforts. TK has just never been happy with the crooked marketing system in place. There is no way to know how many copies were made or sold using the Idumota or Yoruba marketers' model, so he finishes his product himself in his office and releases in conjunction with a handful of people. If Thunderbolt did not make money, that's no excuse to discontinue along a line of experimentation. Everybody makes a bomb now and then. It failed commercially for other reasons (one of which is the fact that he had already established himself as a Yoruba filmmaker and Thunderbolt was his first attempt to try something else).
You know what they say about Oyingbo market...It cares very little if anyone decides not to shop there...
Yes, both marketing systems (EMG and YMG inclusive) are crooked in their own ways. But she is a producer, she can produce English movies on her own terms and succeed at it. If the set-up that exists right now is not condusive, can't she break out on her own?

Its unfurtunate, that at this day and age there are lot of young Nigerians who are still asking, "Doris who?" because they honestly don't know who she is.
 

chi

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, but even the artists he used like uche osotule then were also backlisted.
Uche was never blacklisted

chi, i would just summarize my response to all ur answers.

of course, i did not say you mentioned masters or phds or anything of such. but the fact remains, your post insinuated the fact that the yorubas artists act yoruba films exclusively becos they are probably illiterates and hence more comfortable expressing themselves in their dialect.

and sorry, there are no more ibo movies. ever since the tribal lords took over, the ibo films transformed to english movies. so at it is now, it is mainly the yoruba and the english ibo films still in existence. i take ur statement to still be targeted at the yoruba artists.

@ highlighted ........ why do you bring down everything to Yoruba .. i said not limited to a tribe and i also mentioned the igbos ......why did you omit that part . Sisi you are so wrapped up in tribalism and can't see through ..... I wouldn't continue this line of discussion with you since you've chosen to interpret ones post according to your thoughts/ mind
 

chi

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Believe me when I say I know first hand of the ethnic issues in Nollywood (and Nigeria by extension. Na today?). But let me throw a cog in the wheel here to steer this discussion elsewhere.

Yoruba movie marketers abound all over the country selling movies. They also exec prod videos. If the "English" sector is what it is because movies are made in English, instead of Igbo or whatever other language, and the Doris Simeons of this world are so incapacitated, what's stopping them from making their own "English" movies? I mean they had all the distribution network and stars long before the Englsih sector came alive. How do you guys explain that?
thank you
 

vince

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what's stopping them from making their own "English" movies?
I am actually surprised about this question coming from sola,knowing how close he is to Tade Ogidan.
A movie produced in english by a non-ibo producer will always have distribution issues(something that the new distribution thing should hopefully put right) because who is going to market the flick?
The yoruba marketers will not,because the audience they pander to is yoruba. The igboenglish marketers are not much of an alternative either,because any movie not made by them, or that has no stars that they would normally use in their own homvies, will not be properly distributed,if distributed at all. The excellent "AWAY FROM HOME" by Femi Branch is a very good example of such a movie. Was the movie ever released in naija,sef?

So it begs the question,"if DS and her hubby decide to produce a movie in english,who will be the distributor?".This is one of the major reasons why yoruba producers are so reluctant to produce their movies in english.

Hopefully outfits like PROJECT NOLLYWOOD will remedy this and we'll start seeing more english movies made by other ethnic groups,especially the yorubas,because they are better skilled in the art of storytelling.
 

vince

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chi said:
its one thing to act in ones language and another to act in an English movie. You have to have the confident and diction to pull through
Hmmm!In the late 90s and early 2000s, their were many crossover performers from the YMG sector doing english movies.
Performers like;
LANRE BALOGUN
FUNKE AKINDELE
BUKKY WRIGHT
YEMI SHOLADE
BIMBO AKINTOLA
BINTA AYO MOGAJI
MAHMOUD ARAB
FEMI OGEDEMGBE
etc.etc.

These performers are still around.So what happened?They suddenly lost their english speaking skills?
Which of the current EMG actor has a better command of spoken english than LANRE BALOGUN?Which one?
Which one of the current actresses has a better command of english than BINTA AYO MOGAJI?

You sure make a big deal out of speaking this english,chi.The fact of the matter is(take it or leave it) tribalism has completely changed the landscape of the EMG sector to a far less welcoming sector for yoruba or other non-igbo performers, than it was in the late 90s and early 2000s.

BTW,crossover performers should have the widest audience base than any performer operating in one single sector,so it should be the standard for most nollywood performers to operate in more than one sector,and most popular too,but it is not.Why?
 

vince

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so saheed ran back becos he has diction problems ehn? and u sit here all day and lament how the fake dictions of ur so called english artists are giving u headache?
it is very obvious you like typing stuffs just to fill in the space.
Good pointing out,sisi.
 

vince

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Leaving the side of non-ibo actors' dearth of presence in the EMG sector for a moment,what has stopped ace independent yoruba producers like Tade Ogidan and Tunji Bamishigbin and some other independent producers(whose name i can't remember or don't know) who were quite active in the EMG sector in the 90s and the early part of this millenium,from making english movies these days?They suddenly started having problems handling english language screenplays, and that led to their absence from the EMG sector?I don't think so.
Sola will tell you what happened with Tade Ogidan's PLAYING GAMES flick, the concluding part of which is yet to be released after,what, 5 years of releasing the first two parts because of marketer palaver.Which new yoruba producer will crazily venture into a EMG sector where he is most likely to loose money,no matter how good his movie is.
Let's get real here,folks.We all know where the problem lies,and it is in the way the distribution mechanisms are set up and who controls them.
 

Sisi

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I repeat again, If I don't respond to you, its probably because you're not worth it. You're not, I'm sorry.

I've dealt with warriors and warrioresses on NR. What would I do with you? I'm so sorry to disappoint you, child.

Again, go play elsewhere.
unfortunately 'kid', you have just responded to me. or isn't this post an aftermath of the last one i posted?

you are not such a warrior afterall!!!
 

Sisi

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:laugh: They do actually...A lot sef.

Sisi needs to go beyond her emotional responses to critically address the issues on the ground. Whether you like it or not, there may be a "let's keep to our own abeg" issue in the Yoruba Nollywood section. Long before Nollywood, ANTP and NANTAP existed, the former (Association of Nigerian Theatre Practitioners) representing the Yoruba actors, etc., while the latter, (National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners) catered to the English sector. There was nothing NANTAP did not do to get the Yoruba practitioners to embrace NANTAP, the only formally registered thespian body back then. A few folks like Ayo Mogaji, Tunji Sotimirin, Yemi Solade, Kola Oyewo, etc, tried to bridge the divide even then. So the divide has been there long before Nollywood, Sisi. Yoruba actors have kept to themselves unusually much over the years. And they have been seriously unadventurous to boot. Even after the late Muyideen Alade Aromire started shooting on video and releasing straight to tape, it took some other person to take the development to the next level. Yoruba folks tend to play it safe too often, and that is also why few of their movies have transcended what they started out with (less juju now of course).

But Simeon is part of a new generation of Yoruba actors (led by Solade who has been doing this for more than 20yrs). They are educated, and can hold their own in any circle. They still complain of not getting roles in the "English" sector though...See, there is the tight-fisted casting nature of what is currently called "English" Nollywood. To go into that would require another epistle, but it isn't enough to play it safe with your established audience (without trying to gain new ones) by only producing in Yoruba. That is why Kunle Afolayan's recent release, Irapada, remains a beautiful piece of work to me. Instead of waiting for someone to put him in an English movie, he made his own (mostly English) movie. I wonder why he released it himself... Could it be because the regular established Yoruba marketers are unwilling to go out of their comfort zone and market something different? I think the Yoruba movie marketers are just as greedy as the "English" ones. Worse, they're too contented with peanuts, rentals from their video clubs and the self-piracy they embark on with the English ones in the absence of accountability.
No one frustrated TK's marketing efforts. TK has just never been happy with the crooked marketing system in place. There is no way to know how many copies were made or sold using the Idumota or Yoruba marketers' model, so he finishes his product himself in his office and releases in conjunction with a handful of people. If Thunderbolt did not make money, that's no excuse to discontinue along a line of experimentation. Everybody makes a bomb now and then. It failed commercially for other reasons (one of which is the fact that he had already established himself as a Yoruba filmmaker and Thunderbolt was his first attempt to try something else).
You know what they say about Oyingbo market...It cares very little if anyone decides not to shop there...

sola, i presume you are more knowledgeable in this field than myself. as a result, am not going to fault your clarifications as such.

but what still baffles me as regards some of the things you wrote is the fact that, i feel the YMG practionals are trying to really reach out to the other genre (EMG), or what explanation would you give for their castings of the prominent igbos in the EMG in yoruba productions.

i have also read it on this site once or so that there was a nollywood function, fathia balogun and some other yoruba artists attended. neither were they recognized nor a yoruba film or artist mentioned in the categories of awardees(sp).

the tunde kelani's interview, anytime i see, i might repost or direct you to it. he actually said what i posted except you are making him out to be a liar. i choose to believe him thou becos the backlisting thing he said about osotule was very apparent, as shortly after that osotule that used to be the darling of english movies then fizzled out of castings.

except also you are suggesting uche stopped being a good actress with the discovery of some pple who must not be named?
 

Sisi

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@Uche was never blacklisted

yep she was! i made reference to where i got that information




@ highlighted ........ why do you bring down everything to Yoruba .. i said not limited to a tribe and i also mentioned the igbos ......why did you omit that part . Sisi you are so wrapped up in tribalism and can't see through ..... I wouldn't continue this line of discussion with you since you've chosen to interpret ones post according to your thoughts/ mind
thanks for your observation. since you have choosen to see me as a tribalist, good for you and no apologies.

i understood your response to mean what i wrote out becos 2 movies genres were under perusal and u went ahead to say, usually pple who act in local films do so becos they are less confident expressing themselves in english.

of course, you know most of the known yoruba artists act exclusively in yoruba. you couldnt have been referring to the igbos as there are no more ibo films. and it is very obvious majority of the artists acting the english igbo films now are igbos meaning they speak better english.

i have decided to stop with the explanation as am bored repeating myself over and over again.
 

Sisi

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Hmmm!In the late 90s and early 2000s, their were many crossover performers from the YMG sector doing english movies.
Performers like;
LANRE BALOGUN
FUNKE AKINDELE
BUKKY WRIGHT
YEMI SHOLADE
BIMBO AKINTOLA
BINTA AYO MOGAJI
MAHMOUD ARAB
FEMI OGEDEMGBE
etc.etc.

These performers are still around.So what happened?They suddenly lost their english speaking skills?
Which of the current EMG actor has a better command of spoken english than LANRE BALOGUN?Which one?
Which one of the current actresses has a better command of english than BINTA AYO MOGAJI?

You sure make a big deal out of speaking this english,chi.The fact of the matter is(take it or leave it) tribalism has completely changed the landscape of the EMG sector to a far less welcoming sector for yoruba or other non-igbo performers, than it was in the late 90s and early 2000s.

BTW,crossover performers should have the widest audience base than any performer operating in one single sector,so it should be the standard for most nollywood performers to operate in more than one sector,and most popular too,but it is not.Why?

thanks vince! it shows i can still understand english language afterall.

someone just tried to make me look stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
 

Sisi

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I am actually surprised about this question coming from sola,knowing how close he is to Tade Ogidan.
A movie produced in english by a non-ibo producer will always have distribution issues(something that the new distribution thing should hopefully put right) because who is going to market the flick?
The yoruba marketers will not,because the audience they pander to is yoruba. The igboenglish marketers are not much of an alternative either,because any movie not made by them, or that has no stars that they would normally use in their own homvies, will not be properly distributed,if distributed at all. The excellent "AWAY FROM HOME" by Femi Branch is a very good example of such a movie. Was the movie ever released in naija,sef?

So it begs the question,"if DS and her hubby decide to produce a movie in english,who will be the distributor?".This is one of the major reasons why yoruba producers are so reluctant to produce their movies in english.
doesn't this sound similar to what tunde kelani said about the distribution of his movie 'magun'?
 

Sisi

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Hmmm!In the late 90s and early 2000s, their were many crossover performers from the YMG sector doing english movies.
Performers like;
LANRE BALOGUN
FUNKE AKINDELE
BUKKY WRIGHT
YEMI SHOLADE
BIMBO AKINTOLA
BINTA AYO MOGAJI
MAHMOUD ARAB
FEMI OGEDEMGBE
etc.etc.

These performers are still around.So what happened?They suddenly lost their english speaking skills?
Which of the current EMG actor has a better command of spoken english than LANRE BALOGUN?Which one?
Which one of the current actresses has a better command of english than BINTA AYO MOGAJI?

You sure make a big deal out of speaking this english,chi.The fact of the matter is(take it or leave it) tribalism has completely changed the landscape of the EMG sector to a far less welcoming sector for yoruba or other non-igbo performers, than it was in the late 90s and early 2000s.

BTW,crossover performers should have the widest audience base than any performer operating in one single sector,so it should be the standard for most nollywood performers to operate in more than one sector,and most popular too,but it is not.Why?
to add to your post if am allowed, even artists like lere paimo that you would hardly expect to speak english, speaks eloquent english and not anyhow english.

the fact remains english ability is not an exclusive preserve of a tribe in nigeria.

and if truth be told even though it hurts and human beings hate the truth, the YMG genre boasts of better qualified practioners by training/education.
 

Sola

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I am actually surprised about this question coming from sola,knowing how close he is to Tade Ogidan.
Ogidan is a producer, period. He doesn't think in terms of Igbo or Yoruba when he makes his movies. And he hands it over to the highest bidder to market. They pay him upfront too.
A movie produced in english by a non-ibo producer will always have distribution issues(something that the new distribution thing should hopefully put right) because who is going to market the flick?
The yoruba marketers will not,because the audience they pander to is yoruba.
You haven't addressed WHY the emboldened is the case. Our Yoruba guys had a network in place long before the "English" movies were born. Why have they not progressed beyond marketing Yoruba movies and music tapes/CDs? Their network is just as wide within Naija, Vince. As you have it in the Igbo/English sector, marketers are the primary problems of the Yoruba movie-makers. You just don't hear about them as much as you do the other side. They pay peanuts (why actors in the genre are always pauperised), while playing big man. They self-pirate, skim, you think of it!
The igboenglish marketers are not much of an alternative either,because any movie not made by them, or that has no stars that they would normally use in their own homvies, will not be properly distributed,if distributed at all.
That's true, but you have to understand their entire concept of selling depends on the faces on a sleeve. They're afraid to think or try anything outside the norm too. But that's another matter.
So it begs the question,"if DS and her hubby decide to produce a movie in english,who will be the distributor?".
Even in Hollywood, if you don't make a movie the way the distribution network available can sell it, they won't pick it up. Visit Blockbuster to see the number of big name actors' movies going directly to video. Irapada, as I mentioned earlier, is being self distributed. There are creative ways to self-distribute, IF YOU'RE SO INCLINED (not for everyone, I know). But it is doable. And there is no reason the Yoruba movie distributors can't do it. Yes, their primary patronage remains Yoruba folks, but these folks also watch "English" movies, so you can woo them until you're also identified with a wider range of products.
...what has stopped ace independent yoruba producers like Tade Ogidan and Tunji Bamishigbin and some other independent producers(whose name i can't remember or don't know) who were quite active in the EMG sector in the 90s and the early part of this millenium,from making english movies these days?
A few things. Most of these guys don't depend on the income from movies to live. They do it because they love it. They produce commercials (shoot in a day and get multimillion pay day), documentaries for big agencies and corporations, etc. These guys own studios (often) that makes money for them even when they sleep. They run consultancies. They're busy folks, Vince. Believe me. They are producers who just happen to be Yoruba, no more. I do accept that only a handful of them (like Tade Ogidan) can call the shots and dictate SOME terms when it comes to their movies being picked up by the English sector.
Sola will tell you what happened with Tade Ogidan's PLAYING GAMES flick, the concluding part of which is yet to be released after,what, 5 years of releasing the first two parts because of marketer palaver.
Yes, but that one case is not enough to throw out the baby. Tade was still paid well for the first two parts. Maybe na Tade self start all this 4-part movie wahala with his long stories.
Which new yoruba producer will crazily venture into a EMG sector where he is most likely to loose money,no matter how good his movie is.
You can lose money in any sector. They don't make that much in the Yoruba sector as it is, believe me.
We all know where the problem lies,and it is in the way the distribution mechanisms are set up and who controls them.
We all know their is a problem with "the distribution mechanisms" currently in place. It has been said a zillion times here. That's why enlightened folks are in support of the new system from the NFVCB for the long term. But you forget their isn't just ONE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. Movies are being delivered on bikes and buses in Naija, home delivery. Movies are sold in the elite stores as well as the Oshodi Oke variety. The Yoruba movie marketing network has worked all these years and there is no reason it can't re-invent itself to sell "English" movies.
 
Hopefully outfits like PROJECT NOLLYWOOD will remedy this and we'll start seeing more english movies made by other ethnic groups,especially the yorubas,because they are better skilled in the art of storytelling.
Wow! Vince, so the Yorubas are better skilled in the act of storytelling?
Tell me more, buddy. Do you listen to that statement and see how ridiculous it sounds. How does one conclude that one tribe is more gifted than the other in the act of storytelling. Do you see how divisive that statement is. The same stinking attitude that is destroying every industry in Nigeria.

We've had this same discussion on NR about the predicament of the Nigerian movie industry and people always get emotional, loose their minds and spill out things like this and at the end of the long day the thread turns into a tribal war.

If you're not objective, then try to keep away from such discussions. If you can't control your tribal isssues the best thing to do is sit behind the scenes and observe. You occasionally make good points, but they are clouded by your tribal complex. There is enough tribal division in the Nigerian movie industry (fans inclusive) as it is. Where does that lead anyone? Both the EMG and YMG sectors need each other on some level.

Please stop, the divisive attitude, its really old and barren.
 
The Yoruba movie marketing network has worked all these years and there is no reason it can't re-invent itself to sell "English" movies.
Exactly. You nailed it! Really, aren't there other options that can be explored in terms of marketing these prospective movies? Why sit and make the same excuses over and over and over again? What is to be gained by pointing fingers at the "idumota boys" from decade to decade? The situation is pathetic.

Solutions are what we need not excuses.
 
Ogidan is a producer, period. He doesn't think in terms of Igbo or Yoruba when he makes his movies.
That is the gospel truth and the industry knows it. Tade Ogidan is not your typical Nigerian: the quality of work is more important to him than the background of who is in it. But how many Tade Ogidans are there in the Nigerian movie industry (EMG and YMG)? Both the stakeholders in the EMG and YMG sector are guilty of the same sin. It only seems so obvious because most people are more exposed and pay attention to EMG movies.
 
Vince and "Sisi"/ Omonaija2006, both of you are seriously failing to deliver. You've both been on NR for a while now, and have spectated and watched the trends in our Nigerian movie industry and all you can produce in this thread is cat litter.

The tribal clouds in your eyes won't let you see, won't let you reason, won't let you come up with practical solutions that can make a difference.

How can we have a stella actor like the gorgeous Doris Simeon star in English movies without "tainting" her work ethic? No reasonable response. Just long pages of nothing. Long pages of tribal finger-pointing. Is there hope?*shakes head*

Wow! Dejavu! So we've gone down this path before? The more reason why I expected more from you two. AND I can pull up ten more of such threads in a heart beat.
http://www.naijarules.com/vb/stars-...-fake-movie-industry-nigeria-yemi-solade.html

Anyway, I've held my tongue (which is never my style) for the sake of the possibility of solutions to be discussed and analyzed on this thread, for a change is needed in both the EMG and YMG movie groups.

But let me remind some folks that Honourable is still Honourable. If I was to respond to some folks in my usual style this thread would have been locked days ago.
 

Sola

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Yemi Solade is one of the most down-to-earth subjects you can interview. He will tell you as it is, so I'm going to quote him from the interview linked above. Note the bold sections (and the date of the interview, last year):

Q: As a trained artiste, how do you feel working with untrained ones?
A: I always have problems working with the unskilled ones, but I admit that some of them are really good. They are raw talents, but they don’t have the power of articulation. Raw talent alone is not enough. Talented people should be able to articulate what they do. It does not just stop at being one clown or one babalawo (herbalist). You should be able to explain what you do. Most of the artistes in ANTP, because of their little or no education, cannot express themselves. This is a big problem and I don’t know what the association is doing about it.

Q: How would you react to suggestions that Yoruba movies are inferior to Nigerian movies made in English?
A: I get angry when I hear people make such comments about the standard of Yoruba movies. I always say that one should not sit outside and criticise. You must come inside and see. When you get in, you will see the setting and know where to fit in. What I have done over time has been to go inside to see how things have been working. And I can only make that change positively by getting my act right. That is what I have been doing. I know the Nigerians who speak the cosmopolitan Yoruba that I speak. I grew up in Surulere, so my Yoruba is different. And my target audience are people who come from my kind of background: Surulere, Ilupeju, Ikoyi and Victoria Island. There are a lot of non-Yoruba people in Yoruba movies. People like Fathia Balogun, Rachael Oniga, Ngozi Nwosu, are not Yorubas, but they’ve excelled in Yoruba movies. So, what I have been able to do, and still do, is to make it attractive to the upper class. All these witchcraft stories will not lead anybody anywhere. Let us do drama and human angle stories that people will appreciate. They will talk about family values. I run away from these fetish stories and you don’t find me in films with such because I do not believe in the babalawo stuff. I do not belong to the category of actors who like the fetish films. But I have been able to mix with them because I have to stoop to conquer. If I had not come down from my high level, maybe I would not have been in Yoruba movies at all. You would probably find me with the likes of Ramsey Nouah, RMD and Olu Jacobs. But I think I’m a king in Yorubaland and I want to remain so.

Q: You appeared in some Yoruba flicks, like Ale Ni Show, that actually left your fans disappointed. How selective are you with scripts?
A: I’m not selective. I can’t be selective when the industry is distressed because nobody is going to pay me gratuity at the end of the day; nobody is paying me pension. I’m a family man and I pay bills, so I cannot be selective. I don’t owe my fans any apology here. It is not a salaried job. The civil servant is paid whether he works or not. I use my body and soul to make a living, difference and name. I can’t be selective until the industry is regulated. When I shoot a movie and I’m paid N50 million, then that will be the only movie I’ll shoot in a year like it’s done in Hollywood. At that point, I can be selective.There’s a fake movie industry in Nigeria. That is why you see fake actors, fake everybody. The ladies are not looking real; too much make-up, everybody is looking fake. That is why you’ll see a Segun Remi and say with all the roles he plays in movies, he’s still trekking. Jide Kosoko is not rich. He still lives in a rented apartment, he buys Tokunbo cars. Nobody is rich, nobody is a star in the Yoruba movie industry. The earlier we got real, the better for us. (SOLA: This section makes particular reference to the way actors are paid in the Yoruba movie industry. The next response will expand on this response)

Q: We understand that actors earn N400,000 and N450,000 per movie. How come they are not rich, considering the number of movies they appear in?
A: I don’t tell lies when it comes to my job. Most Yoruba movies are shot with budgets below N300,000. So, how will an actor earn N400,000? It’s not possible and you know it. Nigerians also know that anybody earning N300,000 per script cannot be trekking... it is only the likes of Tade Ogidan that will pay that. And that happens once in a while. A Tade Ogidan will not shoot movies every month, but the generality of producers in ANTP will work every week. Even those who have spent over four decades will still run to Idumota and collect N250,000 and so on. And when they get to somebody like me they will say: ‘jo owo yi, mo to jo ni’ ( I had to scrounge for this money). Anybody that pays you N50,000 in Yoruba movie industry feels he has paid you N50 million. It’s not a lie. Why will a Funsho Adeolu be trekking around Lagos if he earns that much? Or Kayode Odumosu? (SOLA: See my point about the measly payment scale of the Yoruba industry? Its because they are NOT expanding and making movies ALSO in English is an expansion. OR, DUB THEM INTO ENGLISH, since many of their stories are great, setting authentic, costuming on point. Dubbing costs extra money that they won't want to spend)

Q: You are more committed to the ANTP than the AGN. Have you had problems breaking into the English movie circuit?
A: There is no barrier. First and foremost, I am a Yoruba man. When you talk about English, listen to me talk. I speak that language very well, you should not equate somebody like me with some of the prominent actors in the so-called Nigerian (English) movies, which I do not even agree are English movies. They are Igbo-English movies or Niger-Delta English movies. The fusion of Igbo language and English is IgboEnglish because the diction of most of the actors is heavily Igbo. They do not represent the true African setting that I want to be part of. And most of the stories that come out of that place are centred around voodoo. You cannot tell me that Jim Iyke is an English actor, he’s an Igbo boy. RMD is a Warri actor, Omotola Jolade is a Yoruba actor, Sam Loco is a Benin actor, Keppy Ekpeyong is a Calabar/Efik actor. So, where does the English thing come in now?

More stuff in the interview here. Definitely worth a revisit.
 
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