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Nobody owns Nollywood − Emeka Okoye counters Aisha Lawal

Emeka Okoye known for his portrayal of Papa Pepe in the popular TV series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, has clearly stated that he does not agree with actress, Aisha Lawal’s recent assertion that the Yoruba tribe ‘owns’ Nollywood.
The Anambra State born actor said, “One should not blame her, because that is the information she had. But, as far as I’m concerned, understanding nobody owns Nollywood. As a child, I watched movies such as ‘Living in Bondage 1&2’, ‘Evil Passion’, ‘Deadly Affairs’, and ‘Taboo’. I recall that I was obsessed with Nollywood films back then, and never heard that a particular tribe owns the movie industry. When I read her (Aisha) statement, I assumed she just wanted to have something to say.”
“At the time Igbos were making films, Yoruba people were also doing that. It was the advent of VCD and the film, ‘Living in Bondage’, (produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor), that helped to sell Nigerian entertainment to foreign markets.”
The actor also advised up-and-coming actors that money should not be their primary reason for joining the industry. H
He said, “My advice to new actors joining Nollywood is that it is better to put passion and perseverance first, before chasing money.”

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