May 15, 2016 – Yoruba Actress Ronke Oshodi Oke Ojo Says Tribalism Is Nollywood No 1 Problem
Tribalism Is Killing Nollywood, We Don’t Love Each Other – Ronke Ojo
In this recent interview with Abiola Alaba Peter, Nollywood actress cum musician Ronke Ojo aka Oshodi Oke talked extensively about the only problem ravaging the Nollywood movie industry.
The beautiful mother of two said Nollywood stars do not really love each other because of their tribal differences.
Abiola Alaba Peter: What are the modern day challenges confronting movie industry in Nigeria?
Ronke Ojo: The number one challenge we have is tribalism, yes, coupled with not being under one umbrella.
“I tell people, Americans love their country, that’s why they love themselves. Of course, they’ve got shortcomings as well but you won’t really see it the way you see it here in Nigeria.
This tribalism of a thing is actually our number one problem. A Yoruba man would not want to call an Igbo man to act in a movie and same with the Igbo people.
Especially we women; you know that person is your colleague and you will be giving her attitude. All these things to me are childish. That’s one thing about me, if I see any good actress, I approach her and compliment her.
When I come across some upcoming actresses that are good, I go to them and tell them that I am their fan. I’m a very blunt person, but I don’t know what our problem is in this industry.
Tribalism has really eaten deep into this industry. Even if I’m not on talking term with a particular person and I have a script and I see that the person is fit for the role, believe me, I will call the person to come in. It’s got nothing to do with our relationship, but I don’t know what our problem is.
So tribalism is our major problem in Nollywood; especially If we are not under one umbrella.”
So all the encomium they shower on each other on the social media na wash…
Too bad. Hatred will take them nowhere.