8th September, 2010
Nollywood actress and Chief Executive Officer of Jade Production, Clarion Chukwurah, hasÂ said that confusion reigns supreme in the movie industry.
The actress, who said she could no longer bear the plague that is ravaging the industry, hasÂ also advocated the introduction of the Nigerian Movie Workersâ€™ Union and the Nigerian MovieÂ Ownersâ€™ Union, to regulate the industry.
The actress decried the influxÂ of Ghanaian actors and actresses into the Nigerian filmÂ industry.
According to her, the industry is faced withÂ myriads of problems including poorly producedÂ films, poorly paid practitioners, low budget, lack of product publicity and limitedÂ distribution channels.
â€œThe Ghanaian movie industry union influenced market strategy has taken over NigerianÂ actorsâ€™ job in Nigeria by Ghanaian actors due to lack of a legislation,â€ she said,Â describing Actors and Directors Guild of Nigeria as not true representatives of all movieÂ makers in Nigeria and that no single body could represent the workers and owners withoutÂ creating constant conflict of interest.
â€œI have come forward with this call to unionise the Nigerian film industry which consists ofÂ players from Northern, Eastern and Western Nigeria, the Niger Delta and the Middle Belt.
â€œBased on my conviction and research,Â unionisation is the best way to adequately serve andÂ protect the interest of all parties sustainable for posterity,â€ she added.
The actress also advocated for a movie workersâ€™ union backed by legislation that will ensureÂ that no non-union member works on any Nigerian film set. The union, according to her, willÂ also ensure that only professionals work in the industry.