Nollywood actor and producer, Femi Branch, is angry with the ‘misinterpretation’ of Nollywood to foreigners.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, visited Afrinolly, a studio which is using the latest technology to help make Nollywood films.
During his visit on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, Zuckerberg met with some filmmakers including Kunle Afolayan, Rita Dominic, Adebola Williams, Richard Mofe Damijo, and Stephanie Linus. Others in attendance were Yemi Alade, Basketmouth, Chidinma, Ehiz among others.
The actor shared a video which addressed all the above-mentioned entertainers as ‘major stars in Nollywood.’ He shared it with the below caption:
“Was really pissed off at the way we misrepresent ourselves to foreigners sometimes. Imagine this fellow saying “Here we have all the major Artistes”????? Seriously?!?! These are all the major stars in Nollywood?!?! And are Yemi Alade, Chidinma, Basketmouth and Co Nollywood Artistes?!?! This is really idiotic to say the least!!!”
Following backlash from his followers and fans, the actor took to Instagram once again to explain himself.
“Abeg my lovely people, try and read my posts and understand my words and meanings before penning comments on them. Nollywood means the Nigerian Movie industry, which comprises all screen Actors and practitioners in Nigeria. It does not mean the Nigerian Entertainment industry, which Nollywood itself belongs to. We should be more careful when presenting such vital information to foreigners so they don’t leave confused. This is my humble submission o. God bless u all and have a fantabuloustic weekend.”
During his visit, the Facebook CEO described Nollywood as “one of the best resources in the world for producing content.”
Zuckerberg arrived Nigeria on August 30, 2016, to see first-hand how entrepreneurs in the country are creating the next wave of mobile innovation, and learn how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.