VETERAN actor, Kanayo Onyekwere Kanayo, has criticised the excessive reliance on government by Nollywood actors.
The United Nations ambassador also laments the the lack of unity in the entertainment industry.
He said this was unlike in the earlier days when harmony prevailed.
“If Nollywood must survive, it must get out of government business!” He said
“Then, there was no leadership, but there was love. People trusted each other. However, mistrust crept in, lack of confidence… a whole lot of stuff.
Some people tend to be more focused on looking for a means of gaining for themselves and not for the industry,” said Kanayo at the Filmmakers’ Forum of the Nollywood Studies Centre of the School of Media and Communications in Lagos.
He suggested that collaborations and partnerships were the only way to overcome the lack of unity.
“There needs to be a return to the camaraderie that existed in the early years of the industry,” said Kanayo.
He appealed for more investments into the industry from the private sector particularly finance institutions.
“The industry must be built. It is very important. We need to localise or indigenise the collateral thing for movie making,” he said.