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“Igbo Actor Emeka Ike ‘Founded’ Nollywood In 1992, Yoruba & Hausa Not A Part Of It” – Wale Adenuga

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“Igbo Actor Emeka Ike ‘Founded’ Nollywood In 1992, Yoruba & Hausa Not A Part Of It” – Wale Adenuga

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June 7, 2015 – Nollywood Started With Igbo Actor Emeka Ike In 1992, Yoruba & Hausa Not A Part Of It – Wake Adenuga

Emeka Ike Claims He Is The Founder Of Nollywood, Veteran Filmmaker Upset 

Veteran filmmaker Wale Adenuga recently made a controversial comment on Nollywood while chatting with Encomium. Mr Adenuga said Yoruba and Hausa actors are not part of Nollywood.

See his explosive comment below:

When somebody claims he founded Nollywood, Oga Bello and of course I cannot be part of that. You were alive in 1983 when I produced my first film when Emeka Ike and his Nollywood people were still in school. They started their own film-making in 1992 and they are claiming that 1992 was the beginning of film-making in Nigeria.

Would you then call me a member of Nollywood? Bello made Omo-Orukan in 1980s. Will Bello now come under Nollywood formed by somebody who began his career in 1992? Emeka Ike started in 1992 and in one of his interviews I read, he said he founded Nollywood. So, would I belong to such industry founded by Emeka Ike who was born when I was making films? Or will Ogunde of blessed memory consider Emeka Ike as his own pioneer?

Young boys and girls have pocketed Nollywood and sent veteran actors into forced retirement. These old actors are now living in abject poverty due to inactivity. Some of them facing avoidable deaths. But you see, there is nothing bad in adopting Nollywood as name for Nigeria film industry, what I expected was that when you are telling the story of that Nollywood, it behooves on you to say it started in 1950s, giving credence to those who started it before you.

I can’t be part of a Nollywood started by Emeka Ike because I was making films before he was born. I can’t consider him as my pioneer. That is why Yoruba and Hausa are not part of it. Go and ask Muazu in the North who has been making films since God knows when, will Emeka Ike be his pioneer? They defined Nollywood as product of 1992. It suggests that those who have been making films before 1992 are not part of Nollywood. That to me is a dangerous claim.

Nollywood founder Emeka Ike recently kicked Ibinabo Fiberesima out as the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria after a long legal battle.

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Dunni Omoyeni

    June 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    The man said the truth. Nollywood is full of ibo ladies and gentlemen, they are into themselves in sort Nollywood is igbowood

  2. Teco

    June 7, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    True talk sir!this is what some sensible Nigerians,having been echoing all along that this so called Nollywood – should be renamed Igbowood-which is a platform for tribalist.

  3. Omodara Johnson

    June 7, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Nollywood is a hub of prostitutes, their movies are meaningless.

  4. MANNUEL

    June 7, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    I have said it in other platforms that whatever Igbos are involved in tend to be laden with tribalism. They are too self centered to be easily accomodated by other tribes around them. The American Hollywood is an umbrella under which American film industry strive, the Indians operate under Bollywood without qualm but, here in Nigeria; certain selfish and inward looking tribes have hijacked Nollywood and made it a tribal organisation. What is happening in Nollywood is exactly the manner Igbos operate in the Nigerian markets where they make it difficult for other tribes breaking into their ranks. Self centeredness has become a tribal trait with the Igbos and its also the reasons why they have lost out in the Nigerian socio political equations.

    • Daniel Wilson

      October 5, 2015 at 6:23 AM

      You sound nothing but ****. Someone who calls himself eternal film maker is here ranting and you are calling *** name. Is it Igbos that granted interview here or Wale Adenuga? Look at the tribalistic statement Adenuga is making, you wouldn’t see that, all you could do is call Igbos names. Did Emeka Ike said he founded film making in Nigeria? He only said he founded Nollywood which you and I knows just came into existence. Is it not a shame on the part of the baba-chief film maker in Nigeria that he couldn’t do anything concrete with it other than raping young girls until the likes of Emeka Ike came up and founded Nollywood that has put Nigeria in the world map? Isn’t that a shame on him? Pls think before you talk.

  5. sharton

    June 7, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Sir u’ve said it all Emeka lke is still a baby and always out of point well guys take it easy darissss God in everything we’re doing.

  6. Danti

    June 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    When it comes to cinema in Nigeria, the Yorubas are ahead. Nollywood is just another name for theater nothing more. People should stop attaching unchecked ego to vanity. Either you are nollywood or gbowood all of una fall under entertainment industry.

  7. Esther Dada

    June 8, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Tell me about it, they all fall under entertainment industry. They should work together and give thumbs up to the starter of Nollywood. everybody on facebook both young and old,you say because , the guy who started facebook is young and you use the reason not to be on facebook. Tell me, presidents, young and old are joining facebook.Nigeria is a beautiful country,with Hausa, lgbo, and Yoruba. We have to learn how to work together GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  8. Abdul-Basid

    August 11, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    What is it in becoming the founder? Is like HAUSA FILMS have started b4 Nollywood… NOLLYWOOD displays not Nigerian cultures daz y I prefer our local movies to it.

  9. Echinwa justice

    October 14, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Abdul Basid u don’t know anything about nollywood movies dats why u shud love ur local movies

  10. Emmanuel Ndubuisi

    January 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    Don’t mind *****s the are rebels found from no where, just listen to them both adult what they are saying.****s doesn’t work with ******people

  11. Borbor m. Kanneh

    October 7, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    My name is Borbor m. Kanneh, I am from Liberia, I always love Nigerian movies, u guys must stop talking about tribalism Nigeria must b one Nigerian not the other way round.

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