29 Oct 2016

Saying ‘Living in Bondage’ marked birth of film industry in Nigeria is distortion of history: Oga Bello


In a recent interview with Vanguard, Nigerian actor-producer, Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello, was asked if Nigerian film industry started with ‘Living in Bondage. His reply below:

It’s  a lie. If they say the film industry started in 1992 with ‘Living in Bondage’, what happened to the films shot before then. I shot my first film on celluloid in 1985, the second one in 1987. Whether English or native, a movie is a movie. A Nigerian movie is a Nigerian movie. We own Nollywood together. If they want to mention Nollywood all over the country, they would say Nigerian movies. Forget about the medium of expression whether  its Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba , or English.  They know the right history, they know it. Wole Soyinka shot Kongi Harvest in 1970. Bisi Daughter of the River  is there . Abiola’s film, ‘Dinner With The Devil’ is there. How can they say film industry started in 1992.

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