Making a living out of it. If you are non-union, you are paid minimum wage with overtime thereafter. If you are union, you now have over 100,000 actors competing over limited spots. More than likely, you have to have some other form of financial support like venturing into business or getting a job outside acting. People who are TOO prideful to support themselves in
other ways between gigs are the ones who will hurt the most.
Your success is based off of your ability to network. Working hard, being talented and having a great image adds to this, but networking is key. One person said it best when he said, “It’s not
who YOU know, it’s who knows YOU.” Many people think the more headshots or demo reels they put out, they increase their chances. Maybe they do… but there’s more of a need for relationships out there and paper isn’t it.
PROBLEMS FACED IN THE NOLLYWOOD INDUSTRY
Like we all know, a whole list of problem faced in our very own Nollywood are listed herein for possible consideration.
1. History of Film making in Nigeria
The first and most important issue that Nollywood have to contend with, is the silent war among producers tribalism over the history of film making in Nigeria. This is at the root of all other problems as a house divided against itself cannot stand much less make progress.
2. A house Divided Against Itself
One of major reason for the unhealthy situation in Nollywood is that where we now have Igbos, Yorubas and Hausas operating separately under the umbrella of Nollywood – Igbohood, Yorubawood and Kannywood respectively. Even within these groups, we still have infighting and misunderstandings over leadership. In spite of these lack of cohesion however, each of the woods has her own guilds where separatism is very apparent in their dealings especially casting. For some time now many people have noticed that the movies that are being produced in Nollywood especially the locally made movies are always centered on the Igbo culture. Sometimes people find it difficult to differentiate an Igbo movie from an ordinary Nigerian movie. The choice of language, the dressing, and even the display of culture seems to be only around one side of the country, there are so many ethnic groups in the country why center the industry around just one. This issue needs urgent attention as Nollywood is a big tool to project the cultures and norms of the different ethnic groups in Nigeria to world. Movies with focus on other ethnic groups should be encouraged in Nollywood.
3. Lack of Umbrella Association
Although the average Nigerian may find this shocking but Nollywood is the only industry with no organized association to govern the activities of actors and movie makers in the industry. This country cannot speak of a unified national association of filmmakers, the way that doctors talk about the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), lawyers talk about the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the gentlemen of the press have the Nigerian Union of Journalists(NUJ). It is true that Nollywood have all manners of guilds but these are all based on the sentiments described earlier. One is persuaded to believe that the inability to come together under an umbrella is one of the reasons why Nollywood have some of the problems that hinders them from the development of the business in Nigeria.
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Popularly called the King, Ali Nuhu, is no doubt Kannywood’s most enterprising actor. With Over 337,000 Instagram fans, this University of Jos, Geography graduate is clearly Kannywood’s leading man. He was the first Kannywood actor to be verified on Twitter. He starred in the most number of films than his Kannywood peers in 2016. A recipient of the 2015 Afronolly Awards in the United Kingdom, he was also invited as special guest for the awards this year. This movie star is also an astute businessman. He hosts the first video on demand website for viewing and lending his films online. He is also the CEO of FKD Records, a label that signs talented Kannywood actors including Nafeesat Abdullahi, Rahama Sadau and Nuhu Abdullahi. Not a few are aware that the 42-year-old star is a polyglot; he speaks Hausa, English, Hindu, and French fluently. Some of his outstanding movies this year include, Muradin raina, Akasi, Matar Bahaushe, Mu’amalat, Gobarar Mata, Bani Bake and Gamu Nan dai.
2. Rahama Sadau
The boss lady of Kannywood is Rahama Sadau. Although she has been dubbed Kannywood’s most controversial actress, following her expulsion from the industry in 2016, Ms. Sadau still enjoys a lot of goodwill. With over 423,000 Instagram followers, a record by Kannywood standard, she is clearly a producer’s delight. On an average, the soft-spoken actress receives more than a thousand responses on every Instagram post. From producing her first movie ‘RARIYA’ in 2016, Rahama also became the brand ambassador of big brands like pink Fleur, MedicAid, ONE among many others. She was outstanding in movies like Ana Wata Ga Wata, Hadin Allah, Matatace Shaida and Dalilin So.
3. Sadi Sani Sadiq
You can’t help but admire Sadi Sani Sadiq’s impressive acting skills and charm. At 35, this skilled actor has done pretty well for himself. Sadiq, who came to limelight in 2013, got the lead role in Danmarayan Zaki, a film that featured Kannywood big actors and actresses. Popularly called Gambo in Kannywood, this flamboyant screen actor fits perfectly into any role. Highly sought after by Kannywood producers, he is married to Murja, younger sister of former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema. In 2016, Sadiq won the best actor in the Kannywood awards and BON award for best actor in December. Sadiq was spectacular in the movies Wani Gari, Mati da Lado, Hanyar Kano, Takanas Ta Kano, Ruma and many others. He has over 206,000 fans on Instagram.
4. Jamila Umar Nagudu
This Globacom ambassador is the Kannywood actress who has featured in the most films in 2016. Jamila is also said to be the most sought-after Kannywood actress by film producers. She is very talented and fits perfectly into any role. She is also very outstanding and is blessed with a good sense of humour. Though not very active on social media, she garnered about 170,000 followers on Instagram. She is at her best in movies like Yar Adaidaita, Na Hauwa, Hindu, Mahaukaciya, Barauniya, Jummala, Idon Birni, Basma, Jarumta and Mijin Biza.
5. Adam Zango
Adamu Zango Popularly called the Prince of Zango, he has a very big fan base in the Kannywood movie industry. A fine producer and actor, Zango is known for his unique dance and music skills. A great actor, he was phenomenal in 2016. He is the co-owner of White House Musical Records, and the head honcho of Prince Zango productions. He was the lead actor in the film Hindu. He was also outstanding in the movies Rabin Raina, Basaja, Gwaska, Uzuri, Yar’Amana to mention but a few. He has a flourishing Instagram fan base of 270,000.
2016 was a year so many stars were discovered in the movie industry. This faces as however, become a force to reckon with due to their outstanding performances as they all interpret their roles effectively. Pushing aside the likes of veteran Nollywood actresses Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Omoni Oboli, Rita Dominic, Stephanie Linus among others, here are some of the top actresses you should look out for in 2017.
1 ADESUA ETOMI
The fast rising actress who is also a performing artist hails from Edo state, Nigeria. Adesua studied Physical Theatre and Musical Theatre, and Performing Arts at City College, Coventry, United Kingdom. She is a graduate of Drama and Performance Art at the University of Wolver Hampton. Adesua Etomi was shot into limelight in 2014, after her lead role in the movie knocking On Heaven’s Door and has ever since remained relevant in the movie industry. She has also featured in Falling, Gidi Up, A Soldier’s Story among others. With basic movie hits in 2016, like The Arbitration which earned her a nomination for best supporting actress in a movie at the AMVCA and blockbusters like The wedding party, Irole among others, Adesua has proved that she is one actress to look out for. She is currently on set for Ay’s new movie 10 days in Suncity, she is definitely going to make 2017 lit for Nollywood.
2 LINDA EJIOFOR
The Nigerian actress and model is best known for her role as Bimpe Adekoya in M-Net’s TV series Tinsel. Linda Ejiofor was in 2012, nominated in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting role for her first feature film, The Meeting by Rita Dominic at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards. The Lagos state born and much nominated actress has featured in Nollywood blockbuster movies such as A Soldier’s Story, Heaven’s Hell, Surulere, Secret Room to mention a few.
The Yoruba movie industry has survived different generations of actors and still managed to remain relevant in the country’s entertainment sector. This achievement cannot be unconnected to the activities of the practitioners, who have kept up with the pace despite the many challenges. In this feature, Nigerian Entertainment Today highlights, in no particular order, 10 most popular and reigning actors in the industry.
Odunlade Adekola’s journey into acting began during his early days as a young boy in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he was born and raised. He and his friend, Tunde used to request to play jesters at functions and ceremonies, an experience that built in him the right foundation for what is to become his career years after. He soon met with Abeokuta based actor, Late Isola Durojaiye popularly called Alasari, who further helped him brush up his talents and gave him the right exposure. Adekola began his professional career in 2005 and in less than two years, he had acted alongside the top shots and grown to become a popular face.
The movie, ‘Asiri Gomina’ gave him his first big break and ‘Sunday Dagboru’, further endeared him to movie lovers. As an actor, Adekola has appeared in over a hundred movies and has produced a few including ‘Farapamo’, ‘Emi nire Kan’, ‘Fayebora’, I’la Owo’ and ‘Baba Super’. He is widely acclaimed to be the most versatile of the Yoruba actors and this is unconnected to the way he delivers in both comic and serious characters. Arguably, he stands tall as the highest paid actor in the Yoruba film sector. He is married to Abosede with whom he has three kids.
The event which held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos, was hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini.
Nollywood stars look elegant in their breathtaking outfits as they graced the occasion.
The AMVCA’s have been one of the biggest platforms that celebrates African talents and culture as the case maybe. Despite the ground breaking level of achievements that happened with some Nollywood movies, “76” seemed to be a big win for its cast and crew.
Earning Rita Dominic the Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series) and winning the Best Overall Movie. Other winners of the night are;
Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series)
Oloibiri – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon
Best Costume Designer
76 – Pat Egwurube
Best Art Director
76 – Pat Nebo
Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series)
Producers – what next after shooting. Being it a full or short movie. With this digital revolution, millions of movie lovers are watching short films as they become the standard communication tool promoting values, culture and business ethics.
From music creating political awareness to comedy or passing basic information, short films are the medium of choice to communicate ideology, vision, style and much more. What better way to do it than through the unlimited potential of visual storytelling?
For a long time, short films have been the underdog of the film industry but they are set to become a bigger deal than most Nollywood feature movies themselves. Let me show you a few examples of how relevant short films are today. In the digital communication, and also how they have a bigger potential audience than regular Nollywood releases.
For a country like Nigeria, short film makers are not highly recognized; half the time the short films made in Nigeria is not put to good use and is not disseminated to the right audience and thus it’s the lack of good medium of dissemination. Short film makers just post these movies online with little or less views and in the end with a failed aim.
movie in 2016, Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8 September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The film has been showing in cinemas across Nigeria from 16 December 2016 with a huge audience also making the movie booked-out. We definitely know kemi is upto something even better in the year 2107. Let’s watch out!” After the huge success of the “The Wedding Party” movie in 2016, Nigerian romantic comedy drama film, directed by Kemi Adetiba that premiered on 8 September 2016 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Canada and on 26 November 2016 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. The film has been showing in cinemas across Nigeria from 16 December 2016 with a huge audience also making the movie booked-out. We definitely know kemi is upto something even better in the year 2017. Let’s watch out!
Niyi Akinmolayan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His first feature was a Kajola in 2009. He has since gone to make more critically acclaimed features and documentaries. He also runs Nigeria’s biggest post production studio for film and television; ANTHILL studios. In 2016 he made one of the best movies of the year “The Arbitration” which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Niyi Akinmolayan is one movie director with lots on his sleeves in 2017.” Niyi Akinmolayan was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His first feature was a Kajola in 2009. He has since gone to make more critically acclaimed features and documentaries. He also runs Nigeria’s biggest post production studio for film and television; ANTHILL studios. In 2016 he made one of the best movies of the year “The Arbitration” which was selected for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Niyi Akinmolayan is one movie director with lots on his sleeves in 2017.
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