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Zeb Frowns At Influx Of Foreign Soaps

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIES, TV & WEB SHOWS' started by Sola, Nov 14, 2007.

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  1. Sola

    Sola Administrator
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    Mar 1, 2003
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    Multiple award-winning producer, director and script writer, Zeb Ejiro, has frowned at the influx of foreign soap operas being shown on Nigerian television stations.

    Speaking on the issue recently, Zeb reiterated that no foreign soap should be encouraged by Nigerian television stations because it adds nothing positive to the country’s cultural values.

    He stressed that “when we started the home video thing, some people tried to sabotage our efforts by bringing into the country expired Mexican soap operas and syndicated them on TV stations around the country. But I led the fight against them by getting more determined and doing better quality home videos.”

    But now that the foreign soaps are beginning to gain more prominence in the country, Zeb wondered what Nigeria stands to gain from them.

    “What does this country stand to gain from these foreign stuff they are showing on the taxpayers’ stations daily? Does it generate employment for Nigerians? Does it improve our foreign earnings? No! Instead, it impacts negatively on our youth and the nation at large.

    “What we witness is a celebration of negative foreign culture on our TV screens which has nothing good to offer the present generation of Nigerians. What Nigerians don’t know is that the importation of these foreign movies is out of selfish interest by some elements out there who make millions from the whole arrangement,” Zeb lamented.

    However, Zeb Ejiro, fondly called the Sheikh of Nollywood, is not alone in this fight against the influx of foreign soaps on Nigerian screens.

    The Chief Executive Officer of AK Media Concepts, producers of Family Ties and Face-To-Face, Mr. Benson Akindeju, also noted that the rate at which the foreign soaps are being celebrated is killing their local counterparts.

    "I’m not saying that these foreign soaps should not be shown at all, but not to the detriment of our local ones, which obviously imparts more knowledge in the people. I think something should be done about this on time,” he noted.

  2. toammyb

    toammyb Born to lead and follow

    Dec 9, 2004
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    Preach! I totally agree wiv the statement made by Mr. Akindeju. I was watching AIT yesterday and they were showing this soap thing...it looked like Mexican or something, The people weren't speaking English but some one was translating in American English, i was thinking - if there's nothing to show, sing nigerian songs or smth. Who wants to watch this.
    I don't know how much of foreign soaps are being shown on nigerian tv but i believe that when we incorporate technology into our culture, it should not be to try and be like the pioneers of technology, it should be to try and make our culture better as opposed to encourage us to copy other cultures.
    It's ok to show foreign soaps n all so people can keep track of what goes on in other parts of the world but to make that dominate the slots on soap operas is just wrong!
  3. noone

    noone Guest

    I absolutely agree. Additionallly, the quality of those soaps are rubbish!
  4. TheForce

    TheForce Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2007
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    Though I do agree that these soap are far worse than most Nigerian productions, but Zeb Ejiro was a one time President of Directors guild of Nigeria (D.G.N.) Apart from displying D.G.N. along with their names during movies title card, what else are they doing? As a president of D.G.N. what did he do to bring people of like minds together to produce something worth forcing the foreign soap out?
  5. takestyle

    takestyle Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2004
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    while i agree with the fundamental point, i think Ejiro sounds a little bit like a sore loser here...

    he says that the people importing these soaps are doing it to serve their selfish interests... and what does he make his movies for? charity?

    he says that they fought previous attempts to sabotage the home video industry through the importation of telenovelas by gearing down and producing better home videos... that's excellent! then keep fighting and making your videos even better!

    it's competition... if you think the foreign soaps are so bad, then give the people something better to watch. stop complaining; use your ingenuity.
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