Telenovelas collapsing Nigerian movies too – Ozokwor

Popular Nollywood Actress, Patience Ozokwor has stated that Nigerian movie industry is also affected by the proliferation of telenovelas on screens.

According to her, Ghana is not only faced with the influx of telenovelas adding that Nigeria is also battling with the same problem.

Speaking during a conference at the Precious Seed Chapel in Tema-Ghana, the veteran actress said the influx of telenovelas is gradually eating into the Nigerian movie industry.

She suggested to movie makers to go back to the drawing board to find out why their movies have been rejected by the populace.

‘‘We have the same problem with Zee World and Telemundo. It’s really eating into the industry…what it means is that we are facing challenges and so now, we need to do something that will make our people come back to us. You can’t force them because it’s a market; everybody goes for what they want. We need to also find out why they have thrown our own away,’’ she submitted.

She encouraged Ghanaian actors and actresses to keep doing what they are good at saying people who love their movies will keep buying them.

Patience Ozokwor wondered why the flaws in telenovelas are not criticized but their (Nollywood and Ghallywood) movies are always criticised.

‘‘One thing I have personally observed is that these telenovelas are telling serial stories. If you watch it, you would want to watch the next episode so people are usually eager to watch what will eventually happen to this character. So if that’s what people want, we start doing it for them. We need to tell serious-minded stories…they (telenovela characters) don’t act well. Their costuming is even wrong. What they criticize us for is exactly what they are doing.

‘So why are people dropping us and watching what they are criticizing? For example, you can see someone who goes to bed fully made up and in a flashy dress and wakes up and still runs around with that. It makes me wonder why people are not talking about that. That means people are not watching those things; they are actually only interested in the story-line,’ she indicated.

Kumawood stars and producers recently embarked on a demonstration over the influx of telenovelas which has taking over their movies.

By: Ghana/