Nigerian filmmaker, Mo Abudu, is not a great fan of the country’s film industry being referred to as ‘Nollywood’ in its current era.
The EbonyLife TV boss has produced high-profile films like Fifty, The Wedding Party and Oloture but would rather prefer they’re not termed as Nollywood films, due to her dislike of the history of the word.
The media mogul noted this in a Deadline interview alongside African-American Hollywood star, Idris Elba, with whom she recently signed a co-production partnership deal.
“Do you know the history behind the word? A Canadian journalist came to Nigeria and decided that he was going to give us the name Nollywood, and that was it. It’s stuck since then.
“I hate the word Nollywood. The term Nollywood itself is a bad genre of filmmaking. We all know what Nollywood is supposed to represent — it’s the VHS films that were made back in the day.
“So, to still be called Nollywood, for me, is a no. We need to use terms like African filmmakers or Nigerian filmmakers,” she said.
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