Yomi Fabiyi speaks on why plans to change Nollywood to Naiwood

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Yomi fabiyi Actor and producer is one of the Engine room behind the namechange of Nollywood to Naiwood,she spoke to bon Editor Blessing bakare on this and more

Heard nollywood will be turned to naiwood? Who are d pple behind it nd Y?

-At. Inception of d name Nollywood, we all embraced it with open arms without even probing the source. As time went by, few flashes of some ill motives surfaced but one is careful raising an unfounded intentions until some set of people wish to celebrate Nollywood and think it is write to say its 20years just to favour to promote a seemingly tribalistic intention.We have notable movie icons and veterans from all clans and tribes who are behind this and trust me they will be known much more later. But if u sample people’s opinion, if they won’t hide behind a finger, they will tell you Nollywood name is not a unifying factor and no government whatsoever should support such henceforth

What do u hope to achieve by dis change?

The change is already in the pipeline and no matter how long it takes, the genuine vanguards will not stop and the government needs to understand our position on this as well as the media. Its not a fight against an individual or group of people. We are fighting against injustice to history and heritage. Silence is a sin and a damage to us as well as people coming behind will do damage to our integrity. The change will give birth to an original acronymn concieved by Nigerians from a genuine and historical point of view. An acronymn that will have a working commitee behind it and unify the entire entertainers. It will involve all entertainers that have acted in a movie or used movies to propagate their works.

Wat does naiwood stand for?
NAI was borne out of NAIJA.

Don’t u tink it will be a bit diff cos nollywood over d years has bcome a house hold name even internationally?

It can’t be more worst than the damage it is doing to the industry. See if this Nollywood thing continues or let me say the agenda behind it, Nigeria may begin to spilt from there. Too many tribalism. It should not stand. Have u asked yourself why 20years with d name Nollywood. A name we all believe represent Nigerian Movie Industry.The change will be effective if sane and honest film makers begin to blatantly debunk and decline any event, parastatal associated to the name Nollywood and explain to them the motive behind and the seemingly division and tribalistic traits it potends. It will spread like wide fire, God grant us long life.
We would have maintain with Nollywood irrespective of how we got the name but some set of people who by virtue of the support they get from the Federal Government feels they can use that to force an ill-history and heritage on the entire nation. Even before Living in Bondage, a movie I so much respect and value the revolution it thus brought, EKUN by Alade Aromire was shot in 1986 for VHS distribution experiment.If all the media, if all the government wash their hands off this injustice to iconic film makers, dead and living am sure they cannot wash their conscience. President Goodluck, most of all these Governors when very young grew up to the existence of movies in Nigeria now they gave out people’s sweat and fortune to celebrate such mediocrity. It is a shame and the future may not favour them and their legacies too because they are watching this happen.If some Nigerians over 50years ago out of bravery, quest for quality andnational pride could shoot films on celluloid, a medium regarded as a definition for movie amongst world film makers can have them shrugged off history with a celebration to what they represent and die doing then there is need for serious concern.
If all d MEDIA & STAKEHOLDERS which include YOU wash ur hands against d historical injustice d “NOLLYWOOD @20” does to d movie industry and dead and living movie icons am sure you cnt wash dia CONSCIENCE. If u feed from dis noble industry, remembered some laboured with dia lives decades over decades ago to sustain it. I will keep saying my own, no malice is intended, am not after any individual but the truth be told – Yomi Fabiyi.

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