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That Movie Should have been in Igbo...

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE STARS' started by vince, Jan 4, 2007.

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  1. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    You igbo folks face a rather peculiar situation which we yorubas don't have concerning the nolly homvies we watch.
    While yoruba stories are done in yoruba language,a vast majority of igbo stories are rendered in english.
    I just saw in the movie gallery,NTB's post saying that EMG flick ,"Simple Baby" should've been done in igbo instead of english.
    So my question is,which other EMG flicks have anyone of you seen that would've been so much better if done in igbo language?
     
  2. bigmomma

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    osuofia in london
    cos some of the jokes were not sweet in english
     
  3. damselangel

    damselangel sultry lady

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    I also think African Queen should hv be done in Igbo.
     
  4. Peaches

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    spot on! But wait, I wouldn't have been able to get the jokes had it been done in Igbo...:-(
     
  5. Meddeen250

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    So you want people like us to miss out on the good movies?
    Nollywood should be an African thing bro.
     
  6. vince

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    You can read subtitles,can't you?What is so african in using a european language?
     
  7. NTB

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    Vince you can say that again. Igbo Language is on the verge of extenstion and these movies are not helping it at all. I want to see a movie where the Igbo language is 99.9% if not 100% of the language. These movies can be subtitled in English. I believe that all the movies that are titled in Igbo should be acted in Igbo and all them things fall apart look alike movies.

    I de come with the list soon
     
  8. vince

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    Sometimes those homvies trick me into thinking that they are in igbo and i always feel like picking them up(if they were subtitled),but immediately i find out that they are in english i drop them like rotten potatoes.
    I pity you ibos,sha.Ignoring your mother tongue completely is not very clever.Money and fame is not everything.
     
  9. NTB

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    GBAM
     
  10. Love44

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    I also think African Queen should have be done in Igbo.

    It was Efik and ibibio movie.
     
  11. Meddeen250

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    Using a European language is another way of reaching millions of Africans. Remember there are lots of other languages in Africa. The reason Nollywood has become so popular and internationally recognised is because of the English movies. There's absolutely no doubt about that.
     
  12. Meddeen250

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    Nollywood wouldn't have been so popular if it wasn't for the Igbo movies that been done in English. I think they should leave things the way they are regarding the Igbo movies.
    They could still do a percentage of movies in Igbo, but English should be the dominant language and I believe you know why.
     
  13. eyi-mofe

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    SOME of the Igbo stories would have been better told in Igbo At the same time a few of the Yoruba movies would be just too good in English MADAM DEAREST comes to mind. you remember MAGUN as THUNDERBOLT?
     
  14. NTB

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    Medden a good chunk of these movies should be made in the native language. Some can be made in English. Look at Bollywood and them Chinese movies are they not in their native languages and people still watch them. Stories are better told in it's language abeg.
     
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    I know Bollywood make lots of movies in their languages, but the Chinese usually record movies in about 3 different languages. They've got English, Mandarin and some other language.
    The solution for the Igbo producers would be to record their movies in Igbo and English. The English market is very big and I don't think the making movies in the Igbo language alone will be enough to recover the investment of producers.
     
  16. Love44

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    Very true
     
  17. ogonna

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    Meddeen, THANK YOU JOO! I know the Vinces of this world 'You Igbo folks...' will never get why it is the EMG and not the YMG that is ruling Africa today and conquering the world. They will never understand why Ngugi wa Thiong'o is fast driving himself into literary oblivion by insisting on writing in Kikuyu while Achebe, Soyinka et al rose to global acclaim.

    This debate on language in African movies is so dumb. The debate has already been held and settled in the field of African literature and the compromise reached is that African writers have to use the colonizers' language if they want to reach a wider pan-African audience. The sheer costs and logistics simply mean that novels written in African languages will be largely localized to speakers of that language. Fagunwa and Tutuola were translated and published by British publishing houses in the 1950s - who in Africa can or will do that today?

    The switch from the early Igbo language movies to English medium was driven by purely commercial considerations and today, the wisdom of those early pioneers has been fully vindicated by the global success of the EMG movies.

    Ogunde with all his international film festival awards and national honours remains a largly unknown name in his own native Nigeria outside of history and social studies textbooks. He is known largely in his home region of Yorubaland. Just travel outside Lagos/southwest and mention 'Ogunde' in a bus stop or motor park and people will stare blankly. But mention Genevieve or Omotola and you have instant name recognition.

    This is where the Vinces want to drag the EMG to. Sorry buddy. No one's buying.
     
  18. Peaches

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    Here we go again! It's them against the world. The lost tribe of Jew!
     
  19. gugu

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    Ogonna,

    There needs to be a meeting point between the two views. Nobody wants the Igbo language to die or any African language to die to English. A new book just came out about the problem a few weeks ago in Nigeria. I read a review on the Internet, with great concern. That must be addressed practically, and movies are a good way to popularize the language.

    The Yoruba film industry has lessons for Africa in keeping African culture alive through film. They must be commended for their steadfastness in the face of European cultural imperialism in the mass media. They make the Yoruba entertainment products the first choice for Yorubas in Nigeria - celebrating their values and culture.

    At the same time, you are correct, the Igbos have created a world market that is mind boggling - the African continent, Europe, Asia, US, the Caribbean - and still growing. This has never happened, and the Igbo pioneers should be congratulated for their vision, and for pushing of their Igbo culture worldwide. It is brilliant.

    Believe me, other African countries are trying to imitate your model - Kenya, Uganda, and soon South Africa. But note that they are using their native languages, with and without English subtitles. The idea is for Africans to control their images, and tell their own stories from the bottom up.

    We on the African continent have you Nigerians to thank for your innovation, tenacity, and vision. Both Igbo and Yoruba - each for different contributions that push Africa on the world stage. Nigerians!
     
  20. Peaches

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    A-class response.

    I am although partially jealous that the only culture the world sees of Nigeria is the Igbo's throught the Igbo movies but the fact that they have gone through great effort to achieve their status of today cannot be ignored.

    Well, well, that is if you only see investment while ignoring quality as an effort though. All the same, they deserve where they are as they had the guts to put their money where their mouths are.

    ...but at the detriment of their language? Hmm...it's good to make movies in English but it seems the Igbos have totally boycotted making movies in their mother tongue all because they want to recoup finances or is it make too much profit out of nothing?

    The Igbo English movie is thriving internationally (and by that I mean within the black community alone) only because black people want a sense of belonging. It is only doing better than the Afam movies because it is made in Africa and black people see this as their peep hole into their own roots. Nothing special than that!
     
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