Outspoken Nollywood actress, Toyin (Aimakhu) Abraham, has called on Nigerian filmmakers to place more emphasis on original content that are indigenous to the country rather that encourage faking of foreign content all in the name of trying to impress.
Toyin noted that the movies making waves at the moment are all productions that tell Nigerian stories. According to her, original Nigerian contents are more appreciated abroad than those where actors and actresses are faking foreign accents.
“We want to watch stories, we want to hear stories about us, don’t give me what they do abroad. That’s why they are not accepting us. But watch it, if we do movies that is our own content, they accept it abroad because you can’t be whiter that the white. You cannot put someone that would be speaking with British accent that is not British, in a Nigerian movie and expect them to take the movie abroad.
It’s like you wanting to use an Igbo man to play a Yoruba character that he cannot play.
Let’s promote our own culture too, look at the movies that are making waves right now, ‘Omugwo’, ‘Wedding Party’, ‘Wives On Strike’, ‘Okafor’s Law’, my movie is coming, ‘Alakada’ it’s a Nigerian story. Let’s write stories about us.
Then we don’t have to be forming accent, what’s that? This is me, this is the way I talk, if you want to accept me, accept me for who I am,” she told Planetradio.
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