Veteran actor, Paul Obazele, has come out to say that Nollywood films lack originality, taking a swipe at the industry’s filmmakers.
According to him, in spite of the growth the industry’s films have amassed in terms of good picture quality and sound production, it was still lacking in story lines and character interpretation.
Speaking to Hip TV, Obazele complained that characters did not depict the Nigerian reality as actors have resorted to sounding American or British in films rather than Nigerian.
“What is wrong with sounding Igbo? What is wrong with having a Yoruba accent in films? If you watch Hollywood films, you immediately know when a Russian character comes on because of his accent. You know a South African once he speaks,” he decried.
Asked what could be the solution to the issue, he replied, “Think Nigerian. Think the days of Checkmate, After The Storm.” Citing that those stories contained the Nigerian reality and depicted out true nature, not a copycat of another’s culture.
“The thing that makes Nollywood a phenomenon is that we came from nothing to something…Why have we lost the sacracy of the green, white, green?” he added.