Nigerian actress, producer, director and screenwriter,Omoni Oboli, who is also a trained digital filmmaker at the New York Film Academy has opened up on the challenges she faced in the Nollywood movie industry after taking 13 years break.
The actress took a 13 year acting break back in 1996 to focus on her personal life and education and when she returned in 2009, she saw no place for her in the industry.
“I did Figurine and Anchor Baby shortly after I came back, the two movies made weighty impacts in the then returning cinema culture’’.
“I decided to take the more difficult but surer route to where I wanted, which is the route of ‘only good quality jobs. I decided with my husband and team then that if the movie production did not spark my interest in terms of a good story line and high production value, I won’t do it. It cost me a lot as I wasn’t doing as many jobs as many of my colleagues then. Often, even when the money offered was very attractive, I turned down roles because the movie production was not what I wanted’’.
Her acting has been praised as well as her writing with amazing screenplays to her credit such as ‘Fatal Imagination’, ‘Being Mrs Elliott’, ‘The First Lady’ and ‘Wives on Strike’.
Speaking on her new movie, Okafor’s Law, been nominated at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), she said,
“The selection of Okafor’s Law, which is my most ambitious movie ever as an actress, producer and director, at TIFF makes me emotional and nostalgic. I remember the many nights and days of sacrifices, going the extra mile and not getting enough credit. The TIFF selection is a form of validation for my work and I am grateful to God’’.