By Alex Eyengho
As part of their advocacy functions, the Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP), Nigeria, in collaboration with the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), France, earlier this week in Lagos organized a one-day forum on copyright. The highly informative and educative event attracted some of the very best in the Nigerian entertainment industry either as guest speakers, panelists or participants.
Big names like Charles Igwe, Amaka Igwe, Kunle Afolayan, Chief Tony Okoroji, Efere Ozako, Patrick Doyle, Tony Abulu, Jennifer Eliorgu, Ejike Asiegbu, Mayo Ayilaran, Charlie Boy, Majek Fasheck, Igwe Gabosky, Emeka Mba, Oritz Wilikie, Isaac Moses, Nneka Moses, Chris Ekejimbe and a host of others joined the leader of FIAPF delegation from France, Mr. Bertrand Moullier to take a critical look at the current trends in copyright at local and international levels and how it affects the key interest of Intellectual Property (IP) owners in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
My concern however, is the rather sad and pathetic attempt by some moribund associations/guilds and some spent forces in Nollywwod to unduly politicize a workshop meant to inform and educate IP owners in the Nigerian audio-visual sector. In fact, some of these characters and jokers demanded to be paid before they can attend the forum!
This is a manifest poverty of the mind. There is a total disconnect between the leadership and membership of some of the so-called associations and guilds in Nollywood. The interest of most of these leaders and their clique is not to serve their members but mainly to use the platform as their meal ticket. All they do is scamper to Abuja and other State capitals to trade off the industry for their selfish interest.
Is it not sad that today, key stakeholders in the Nigerian entertainment industry have been reduced to mere clappers, dancers and jesters for the amusement of politicians? Serious issues that will move the industry forward makes no meaning to leaders of these enterprising brief-case associations and guilds.
Pity! However, my good friend and brother, Efere Ozako believes very strongly that the old Nollywood is dead and the new Nollywood is alive and taking shape. I cannot agree less with this truism and ANCOP is proud to be part of this new dawn.