When you hear Nollywood, what comes to mind is cheap, low quality and distasteful films but… a very Big BUT, that is just one side of the story.
There are two types of Nollywood; One Nollywood is the ‘just do it’ despite little fund because we are passionate about telling our own stories, another Nollywood is Ambitious. One Nollywood says give me a camera and few thousands of dollars and I will make a film, another Nollywood says give me the right budget and then I’ll make the blockbustermovie. One Nollywood says give me a chance and then I’ll prove myself another Nollywood says prove yourself first and then you’ll get a chance.
One Nollywood lives in the optimism of our hearts, another Nollywood thrives in the mediocrity of our minds. One Nollywood wants, the other Nollywood hopes. One Nollywood leads, the other Nollywood follows. One Nollywood is satisfied with local audience, another Nollywood craves global appeal.
These conversions are on the rise, with each passing day, more and more filmmakers from the other Nollywood are coming over to the other side though quietly while the world is not looking. A pulsating dynamic new Nollywood is emerging. A Nollywood whose faith in success is far greater than its fear of failure. A Nollywood that no longer gather half baked professionals as film crew but go the extra mile to hire crews who knows their onions.
History they say is a bad motorist, it rarely ever signals its intentions that its taking a turn. This is that rarely of a moment, history is turning a page. For over three decades, Nollywood has run, stumbled, rolled over, got up and dusted herself and continued but now in the wake of our fame as the 2nd largest movie producing country in the world, critics and observers see Nollywood as one thing and one thing only. And one Nollywood, a tiny little voice in back of the head, is looking at the structures in place and wants to resume business as usual but the other Nollywood is looking up at the sky and saying, it is time to fly.