While I would typically welcome this idea, like most creatives would, I have several reasons why I wouldn’t in this case.

Firstly, the timing doesn’t sit well with me. Why now? The African creative sector is finally taking its rightful place and embracing our creative prowess within the richness of our cultural heritage.

Where were they when Nollywood movies were used as examples of what not to do due to their low quality technical input?

Where were they when our music artists struggled to gain recognition internationally?

Now that the table is turning, now that we have discovered our identity as proud Blacks and Africans, they are here to disrupt the progress we have made. They are displeased that we are influencing and empowering our African brethren to believe in themselves and take pride in their blackness. Naturally, they are upset.

They aren’t happy that Nigerian musical artists have what it takes to fill up venues in Europe and the US, while their top artists struggle to even sell out half of a hall.

I perceive this initiative as a Trojan horse, aimed at undermining our progress and imposing cultural practices that are incompatible with our African heritage.

The Ghanaian parliament has recently taken a stand against their practices with the anti-gay bill. Now, they are trying to recruit young writers and producers to redirect their artistic endeavors towards promoting their diabolical practices subtly through movies.

If their intentions are indeed good, they should consider donating equipment to our film training institutes and building studios here in Nigeria, rather than taking our people away for acculturation.

What’s truly aggravating is the claim that their collaboration with Nigerian creatives for over 75 years is what birthed Nollywood and Afrobeats. I suggest they retract that statement.

African culture should not be diluted by theirs, which is clearly inferior in every way. I urge African creatives not to be swayed by this enticing but harmful proposition.

My candid view!

Osezua Stephen-Imobhio
Founder, African Indigenous Language Film Festival

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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