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Is Nollywood losing Tunde Kelani (TK)?

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jibironk

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Hi guys, please read the article pasted below (the rest of the article can be retrieve through the link) and give your opinion. This is not a good news, Nollywood really needs to re-evaluate the industry...

Moderators, please move this to the frontpage. This really needs to be addressed on Naijarules.

Unless something urgent foremost cinematographer, Tunde Kelani (TK) may shift his operational base to
Benin Republic for good....
 

Crazy T

Well-Known Member
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TK got my blessing on this one jare, I can easily relate to him on this story; they (the marketers in the East) did the same thing with my movie “Dapo Junior” in 1999 and till today I have not got a dime from the one shipped to the East.
The movie was first rejected because (according to them) it's a "Parapo film" later they said the director is not an Ibo man he should just face “parapo” movie. You all don’t know the discrimination that is going on in the industry.
If the Beninese appreciates him let him sit down there and continue his work. Thunderbolt to me is one of TK’s best production, can you all believe that Uche Obi-Osotule (the lead actress in the movie) was indirectly banned (by then banning artist was still uncommon) just because she appeared in the movie?
 

jibironk

Active Member
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Thank you, Jare, Crazy T. I think Thunderbolt is an amazing collaboration, but the guys in the east obviously did not appreciate it. This is really getting very serious. By the way, what is Tade Ogidan doing differently that TK isn't doing. Tade Seems to be operating like an Ibo man eventhough he's Yoruba (At least i think he's Yoruba)
What do you think about this whole craziness?

Moderators, i beg, do your thing and move this to the frontpage.
 
#5
Crazy T said:
TK got my blessing on this one jare, I can easily relate to him on this story; they (the marketers in the East) did the same thing with my movie “Dapo Junior” in 1999 and till today I have not got a dime from the one shipped to the East.
The movie was first rejected because (according to them) it's a "Parapo film" later they said the director is not an Ibo man he should just face “parapo” movie. You all don’t know the discrimination that is going on in the industry.
If the Beninese appreciates him let him sit down there and continue his work. Thunderbolt to me is one of TK’s best production, can you all believe that Uche Obi-Osotule (the lead actress in the movie) was indirectly banned (by then banning artist was still uncommon) just because she appeared in the movie?


I've said it times without number that those illiterate marketers will ruin the industry. They're going to get rid of all the talented Artists in Nollywood, thereby ruining the industry for good. I'm sick and tired of those marketers.

@highlighted. What does "Parapo Film" mean?
 

peculiar

Well-Known Member
#6
This is really sad.....I guess anyone will be happy where he is celebrated! "A prophet is without honour in his own country anyway!"
If we cant encourage and make use of who/what God has blessed us with....other people certainly will!!

I wish him Gods best and favour....................He's already got what it takes!
 

Simisola

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This is really saddening and to think we're living in the 20th century in a country where we're still trying to live in harmonius and peaceful land dat is still recovering from tribal hatred. And to think tribal tensions would be arising from the entertainment business which should be enlightening and should be a medium to spread d love and peace in the nation is really distressful.
 

vince

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So,does this mean that if a yoruba guy makes a movie in english language,it is doomed to failure before even going to the market?
1)The YMG marketers will not market because it is in english
2)The ibo marketers will not market it because the movie is made by a yoruba guy(?!)
Damn,and all that coupled with the terrible infrastructure in naija,i can understand why the guy is relocating jare.Make im go where constant electricity dey.Imagine class productions like Thunderbolt not being a success!
 

Sola

Administrator
Staff member
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vince said:
So,does this mean that if a yoruba guy makes a movie in english language,it is doomed to failure before even going to the market?
Most likely, unless you're part of the "in crowd"
vince said:
1)The YMG marketers will not market because it is in english
There market has always been rstricted (self inflicted) to the Yoruba crowd. A marketer even in England there does not accept any movie in English. They have been unadventurous and largely incapable of investing the additional money required to break out of this mold. They also hardly ever pay well, even when they make better money occasionally. Its like the mentality of some Yoruba actors acting ONLY Yoruba movies.
vince said:
Damn,and all that coupled with the terrible infrastructure in naija,i can understand why the guy is relocating jare.Make im go where constant electricity dey.Imagine class productions like Thunderbolt not being a success!
TK's movies have always been marketed by the Yoruba crowd, using TK's jackets. The marketers don't accept change easily...and Uche Ama-Abriel is largely seen as an outcast really. Remember even Tade's Playing Games 3 starring Uche was never picked up? MIA also starring Uche is being released by a non-marketer type marketer in Naija too.

Some of you need to really get to know what's going on in that place...
 

moviewizard

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This is really sad to know..what is happening to nollywood? Why are these marketers doing this to one of nollywood's best now, i hope pom-pom doesnt face any problems for using Genevieve in Her movie 30 days o cos these people are full of shits, anyway i trust say her network would be tight...with all these happening, is there a future for nollywood?
 
#12
Guys, my question still remains, O. What is Tade Ogidan doing that TK isn't doing. Tade Ogidan seems to be doing pretty well whenever his produces in either YMG or EMG. What is his secret?
 

peculiar

Well-Known Member
#13
Sola said:
...and Uche Ama-Abriel is largely seen as an outcast really.
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:redface help: honestly i really do wonder why that is!Shes one of the best that Nollywood has ever produced.I loved her spirit from day 1 that i set my eyes on her.Shes really good and honestly wish that shed be allowed to give out all that she has within.I dont think its fair that some are being over-used,whether they are good or not,and heres a flawless one,being neglected!

It makes no sense to me at all. In fact.........im so upset right now!help:

UCHE AMA-ABRIEL......we've got your back here o,and we believe so much in you and what you're about! Most times,the NO of MAN is the YES of GOD!
Hang in there and know that better days are yet ahead.......YOU CANT BE STOPPED!:586:
 
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VINCE:So,does this mean that if a yoruba guy makes a movie in english language,it is doomed to failure before even going to the market?
1)The YMG marketers will not market because it is in english

I'm Yoruba and all the projects that i plan to go and produce in Nigeria are in English, but with about 20% of the dialogue in Yoruba just like ThunderBolt. I think its ridiculous to know that my movies might not get marketered by the YMG marketers just because its in English. How on earth do we promote the industry if as an educated yoruba-man, i can't produce a good english yoruba movie with yoruba actors speaking good english and yoruba. This industry is on FIRE, O.

VINCE: 2)The ibo marketers will not market it because the movie is made by a yoruba guy(?!)

And for the Ibo Marketers, just because i'm Yoruba and i produce a good English Yoruba movie with mixed actors (Ibo or Yoruba).... Are you saying they will not pick it up and market it for me.

3) And for them to think of Uche Ama-Abriel as an outkast because some YMG directors have interest in her work and love to use her for his movies.... I think that's just CRAZY. The goverment needs to step in.... really

Concerning these three insane believe/act/mentality of these YMG marketers and EMG marketers........ WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF NOLLYWOOD THEN?
 

Sola

Administrator
Staff member
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jibironk said:
Guys, my question still remains, O. What is Tade Ogidan doing that TK isn't doing. Tade Ogidan seems to be doing pretty well whenever his produces in either YMG or EMG. What is his secret?
Tade Ogidan is not excluded.
 

Sola

Administrator
Staff member
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jibironk said:
Tade Ogidan seems to be making good sales in the east even with a YMG movie. For instance, Madam dearest
Was not marketed by Idumota. Dove Media. I have no way here to assess their reach in the East.
 

Crazy T

Well-Known Member
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Meddeen250 said:
I've said it times without number that those illiterate marketers will ruin the industry. They're going to get rid of all the talented Artists in Nollywood, thereby ruining the industry for good. I'm sick and tired of those marketers.

@highlighted. What does "Parapo Film" mean?


Parapo literarily means; "come together" in Yoruba language. So if a Yoruba man produces an English film, the English marketers will see him/her as odd man. Because (to them) Yoruba should only produces Yoruba films.
 
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This is a major setback for the industry. wherein lies the future of Nollywood If the likes of Tunde Kelani leave?
You know what we must do? seriously. we must revolt!!! it is the only way the marketers would begin to take us seriously,folks-when they begin to feel the pinch in their pockets.
 
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