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“Igbo People Started Nollywood” – Emeka Ike Blasts Wale Adenuga, Calls Him A Tribalist

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June 13, 2015 – “Igbo People Started Nollywood” – Emeka Ike Blasts Wale Adenuga, Calls Him A Tribalist

Nollywood actor Emeka Ike has responded to an explosive remarks made by veteran filmmaker Wale Adenuga recently.

Mr Adenuga came after Emeka Ike for claiming he founded Nollywood in 1992.

In this exclusive chat with Vanguardngr, Emeka Ike faults assertions made by the veteran movie producer

In his words;

“When they talk, they should know that the man they talk to, is a very intelligent man and not a riffraff or an idiot.”

“I am properly educated, an Engineer is not a man you take for granted; I am painstaking in my decision and I am very concise in what I say.”

“Let him not think it is Uhuru here. Before Wale Adenuga opened his studio, I had opened my studio at Adeniran Ogunsanya. Before he started making cinematographers, I had made several cinematographers in my office at Adeniran Ogunsanya.”

“The Nollywood you know today is not the one that cropped up from Hilbert Ogungbe. Nollywood came about with the sales, marketing and multiplication of CDs. The Igbos got more involved by their investments. The Igbos did what they had to do, whether good or not, it has given us the platform.”

“They provided the medium for conveying our movies to every home. After a while, the Igbo people decided to go into movie-making themselves.”

“It is wrong to start saying who started Nollywood, who did this and who did that. It’s not a good way to go for a man of his pedigree. When he made his movie, nobody knew him, just like we made our movies when nobody knew us. The platform has been created by both the Yoruba and Igbo marketers in Idumota and he started making it more than even most of us that created the image that he took advantage of.”

“I’m personally working towards galvanising Kannywood, Nollywood and the Yoruba movies together. We cannot be divided, we should have a central working system. For you to now start dividing, it is backward for a man of that pedigree.

He should keep making good movies which we are proud of.”

“We should be responsible Nigerians not just make a way for our own juniors. If Wale Adenuga Junior will not suffer in life, what happens to other people’s Juniors?”

On why Nollywood is predominantly Igbo, Emeka Ike said;

“You could be right about that but that’s not to say that’s how Nollywood should be. When he (Wale Adenuga) made his movie, it was just a one-off. Several movies were made even before he made his own, that we didn’t know about. In that same 1993, Amaechi Obi and I made a movie that never saw the light of day just like his own didn’t.

But what we are talking about is history, pedigree. How did they start packaging this whole thing for export? How did investors get involved? How did all these become a budding industry? It is not impossible that Wale Adenuga would have made an unattractive movie. Let’s stop these tribal issues,”



  1. Dotun KY

    June 14, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Let’s not get it twisted, Nollywood represent English speaking movie stars, it can’t be from one particular tribe.Emeka ike I sense pride in your statement, beware

  2. ocpeace

    June 14, 2015 at 4:07 AM

    why tribalizing the nollywood. nobody should infuse tribal sentiment, emotion. Emeka Ike and wale Adenuga should find somethin else to do with their time than this crossfire…08057323826

    • Bench

      June 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM

      So wetin evribodies are do now is when you are finish talking you are puted your number. Prophet Gbenga is do am and pipuls are join. Ocpeace, are you have church?

      • teewai

        June 14, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Bench u will not kill person here o*lol*,but on a serious note is this the new trend?

  3. teewai

    June 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I read the wale Adenuga version of this story and I think Emeka Ike is still getting it twisted,u can never claim or assert that Nollywood started in 1992,thats not the way to make history,the foundation u built on in 1992,was laid by some people,maybe he wanted to say they coined the name in 1992 sha,he sounds proud too.Is this how u want to manage AGN? *SMH*

  4. Ikegod

    June 14, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Wale Adenuga was selfish in his statement, i said so bcs his uterances was bcs emeka Ike won the person he (Adenuga) was backing up i gues as the pres of the the guid. Let him behav as a father betwen 2 quarelin kids not to put more to an already burnin fire

  5. R

    June 14, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    @Ikegod I agree with you,let Emeka Ike behave as a father 2 all of them becos of his position & may God almighty see him thru.


    June 14, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    The least said about the attitude of **** in all sphere of life the better b’cos, everything **** are involved tend to be topical and laden with tribalism, the loud and empty noise attitude of the Igbos has remained the last resort to draw attentions that they still remain relevant in Nigerian socio cultural, economic and political equations. It is only the Igbo tribe out of more than 300 others in Nigeria that aspire to build hegemoneous territory in places they are surposed to be guests. They want to own-up everything under their survey, create barriers to prevent other tribes breaking into their ranks, albeit to protect an inherent tribal hegemony. The matters of Nollywood being dominated by Igbos couldn’t be different, similar trends are obtained in all Nigerian markets where Igbos sureptitiously block others from breaking into their ranks. Igbos inward looking and tribalistic behaviour draws a silent descent from other tribes, nontheless, Igbos remain the loudest voice of claims of marginalisation. What kind of societal behaviour do the Igbos want the rest of Nigerians conform with,? Is it the rules and standards defined by the Igbos beliefs and orientations of normadic characteristics influenced by making money at any cost.? or, one of mutual respect and peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.? Its logically impossible for a tribe to be singgled out for persecutions and vilifications by the rest of over 300 tribes within the same set of hegemoneous society, while this same tribe continues to point fingers of hatred and envy at eveyone else, without doing a critical self assessments of how they relate to others from within the same society. When Igbos talk so loud about the achievements they bring onboard the development of Nigeria, (eventhough other tribes do bigger things in many areas without making noise about it) they should as well pay attention to the bad images their kids and kins smear on the Nigerian nation within and everywhere around the world without seeking a tribal crime equalisations. The prevalence of criminal tendencies among Igbos are too overwhelming and already overbearing to the Nigerian society to bear. Igbos should release their stranglehold on Nollywood and allow all inclusive participation of every genre to operate as it exists in Hollywood and Bollywood and not turn Nollywood into a tribal organisation as it operates now, for unity and peaceful co-existence to strife in the works of arts.

    • SAUDIQ

      June 14, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Mannuel, you’ve rightly hit the nail on the head about the attitude of these people from the East. They make so much noise about self reliance and business acumen as though other Nigerian tribes survive from their bowl of generousity. Getting out of ordinary rhetorics of these people, how many of their rich folks are mentioned by Forbes assessments amongst Nigerians of global standard Billionaires.? A Ghanaian Business magazine recently published the lists non European/Asian foreigners in control of Ghanaian economy in investments in that country; Nigerians take the lead in investments in Oil & Gas, Banking, Insurance, I.T Companies, Heavy Equipment Mechandise, Air Transport, Petroleum Products retail outlets, Bulk Oil Importations, Partnership with governmental organisations etc. The lists published by B&FT Magazine contained about 90% of indegines of South Western Nigerians. While the people of South Eastern Nigeria continues to talk endlessly about “containers” at the ports and, struggling to outdo each other at various Ghanaian phone retail markets, Electrical appliance shops, Okrika markets etc. other Nigerians are doing bigger things on the quiet which has compelled the Ghanaian magazine to draw attention on the trends that are gradually turning the economy either partially or someday becoming completely Nigerianised. The Ghanaian worry is not much about Igbo traders in the markets but the huge Investments by South Western Nigerian indegines in the Ghanaian economy. Typical of people of South Eastern Nigeria, they continue to fight one another over who becomes the President of Nigerian residents in Ghana eventhough, other Nigerians have lived there for more than 200 years. Amazing how Igbos are so typified with positions and self aggrandicement, noise making and self praise is geneological trait therefore the rest of Nigerians just need to fold hands and see how it ends.

      • ik

        June 18, 2015 at 3:06 PM

        You are just a tribalistic person and that is what it is, whether you like it or nor the igbos would forever be what God has made them to be, if you are jealous, ******

  7. Selena

    June 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Nollywood is suppose to be Nigerian movie industry but these idiots are trying to divide it by tribalism. I think this tribalism stuff should be bound on set unless it is sumthin that has to do with tradition. Bcus these days, I hardly see movies without the actors speaking igbo even though the movie is not traditional. And it is making it difficult for other tribes to be partakers of the industry cus it seems its all about the igbos. I have nothing against igbo pple but I know what am talking about. Pls lets try to make it about Nigerians(all tribes) and not just the three major language in Nigeria!

  8. Eugene

    June 14, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Let’s not quarrel over spilt milk. As Emeka Ike has the mantle now in AGN, let him utilise it effectively for maximum proficiency in Entertainment. *Happy Sunday to You All*

  9. patrick victor

    June 16, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    U all should****…….haters……when nollywood started existing were are u ****????

  10. ugogbuzue

    February 5, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Selena or whatever…….. You have no fucking right to talk rubbish…… And besides, if your mother gave birth to an idiot, then you can refer another person’s son to as an idiot. I can see that you are too myopic and can’t see beyond your slave mentality. Sometimes, someone should be proud of what he has because it doesn’t take a second to build a house but it can take a second to demolish. On the second note:Emeka ike sounded somehow proud but finally convinced us that he was not out of his sense, but Adenuga is such a tribalistic unrepentant selfish baboon. He is not better than the rest.

  11. ugogbuzue

    February 5, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Selena or whatever, you have no fucking right to talk rubbish.

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