Monday, 17 July 2017

No more movies and music video abroad. Lai Mohammed Explains Why.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has come to defend recent pronouncement taken by the government to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.
The minister said this moves was taken to combat perceived exploitation and loopholes in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code, NBC.

The minister said “The NBC code today as it stands has been exploited and not defined and that’s why movies being directed by Nigerians with Nigerian actors, actresses can be shot in South Africa and then brought back to be consumed in Nigeria."

“All we are saying is that we are going to amend the code in a manner that it will not be possible for you to exploit any loophole there to go and shoot outside Nigeria film, music or programs that are meant to be consumed in Nigeria,” Mr. Mohammed said.

The minister  said that they hope create an enabling environment and also generate revenue from our creative industry, making reference to neighboring country Ghana that introduced a law that demands visiting actors to pay a thousand dollars to the government coffers while visiting directors and producers pay 5,000 dollars.

“The argument is simple, when you go to shoot a film offshore, you use the work force of that country to develop the capacity of that country and you improve the economy of that country and that is what we are trying to do here.”

This pronouncements has attracted criticism from Nigerians and also celebrities.
Many Nigerians are more concerned with  government officials going for medical treatment abroad e.g. the Lion King before talking about the movie industry

The Square family has taken to Instagram to attack the federal government, describing the plan as an exercise in hypocrisy.

“An industry they never encouraged, supported or empowered is what they now want to control. Let all of you stop running to abroad when you are sick.

“You people are the ones refusing to fix our health facilities so you travel out when mosquito bite ‘una.’ So why tell us where to record when you can’t provide uninterrupted power here in Nigeria. Sometime I wonder how we got it all wrong.”

Peter Okoye, one of the P-square also said the government should be grateful to entertainers “for putting Nigeria in a good light despite the shame they bring upon the country.”

“The government has been failing us since 1960,” sometimes am ashamed to be called a Nigerian. Another nationality loading" he went further to say another country loading.

In some other circle people has gone had at Peter Okoye who was mum when Tuface was spearheading the nationwide protest.

If the intention of this pronouncement is fully adhered to it will do more for the creative industry. It has become a norm among Nigerian celebrities especially musicians to shoot music videos that 89% will be consumed in Nigeria.

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