2nd December, 2010
Popular actor and factional president of the Actorsâ€™ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), EmekaÂ Ike, has accused fellow actor, Zack Orji, as one of the practitioners fuelling theÂ crisis in the movie industry.
Speaking at a stakeholdersâ€™ conference concerning the $200 million fund PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathan promised entertainers in Nigeria recently, Emeka queried why ZackÂ has been portraying himself as the representative of Nollywood.
He said â€œit is funny that he has been claiming to represent Nollywood. I heard himÂ saying that he is a film maker. You should ask him how many films he has produced inÂ 10 years. He doesnâ€™t belong to my faction of AGN and that ofÂ Segunâ€™s (Arinze)Â either. So I will advise government not to deal with such people on behalf ofÂ Nollywood.â€
Also, a statement issued by the President of Association of Nollywood Core ProducersÂ (ANCOP), Alex Enyegho, advised government against dealing with any association orÂ group of persons on behalf of Nollywood so that the money can be spent judiciously.
â€œIn recent times, the various associations and bodies that make up Nollywood haveÂ witnessed series of crises leading to major breakups, unethical behaviours andÂ general lull in the industry. This has affected the growth and unity required toÂ take the industry to the next level.
â€œAs it stands today, many of those who are angling for the industry have nothing toÂ offer and are only positioning themselves for personal gains. But unfortunately, theÂ government of Nigeria has overlooked the industry, leaving it to the whims of theseÂ charlatans,â€ Enyegho argued.