Oscars Must Create an Award for Nigerian Films - Lancelot By Clementina Olomu http://www.thisdayonline.com/saturday/20040619sac03.html -------------------------------------------------------- He started as a proWhile his contemporaries went in search for a white-collar jobs, Lancelot Oduwa-Imasuen was busy carving a niche for himself in the arts. He was convinced that he does not have a future in paid employment. Hence he never earned a salary in his life. His flair for arts couple with the experience he has as contract staff with (NTA) paved way for him. With the introduction of the home video, he produced his first film in Igbo language titled Adaku, even when he does not speak the language. The producer of Private Sin and Sinners in the House amongst other numerous videos flicks, Lancelot affirmed that "the industry is the best thing that ever happened to Africa, though a non government initiative. We been able to create awareness that talents exist in this country". Though, with lots of video films being turned out in the industry, he believes that they (practitioners) have not started producing films. He says they are still using the medium of video and they have achieved so much. "Imagine what will happen when we start producing films?" "Today in Nigeria, home video is the greatest weapon of change. We entertained and informed. No matter how poorly produced a film is, there is always a message. Movies are made for social transformation. Sometimes pastors used certain scenes to preach their sermon in churches." When asked if his movie Private Sin is meant to correct certain impression in Christendom? Lancelot explained that "Circumstances can push people to sin. Positions people occupy at any given time warrant that they should be careful. If a woman is good, she brings about a situation of subtle and positive change. Though the pastor is right, at the end, due to the manner he went about his problems. I was trying to paint a picture of how situations can be handled in the movie", he said. He said the industry is still burning with desire to turn out more films and to penetrate markets beyond Nigeria's shores. "The fever for movie is on. Our films gets to where oil cannot be seen. It gets everywhere in the Diaspora and has brought more attraction. The federal government must set up parastatals that should relate to the guilds from to time. Kenyan government has set up a committee to see how they can turn things around, due to the image we have created. Right now, Hollywood is almost silent in Africa. "Taking a critical look at what the industry has done so far, Oscar must create an award for Nigerian movies in my time," he stressed. On the controversies surrounding the operations of the National Film and Video Censors Board - NFVCB - he said "In as much as I agree that they should be a level of control, sometimes the beauty in films is lost due to the rules and policies of the board. This limits our creativity, since we are highly restricted which is not good enough for us. But we are developing everyday, and time will take care of everything."