Nigerian movie idol, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has extended her popularity beyond the shores of the country as she made a good appearance of herself in Jamaica recently.
Ekeinde, has thrown out a challenge to Hollywood film makers to visit Africa and discover great stories.
The actress, who is in Jamaica on business as well as to film segments of her television reality series, ‘The Real Omotola’, said Hollywood is now restorting to killing children. Her charge comes against the background of the film “Hunger Games.”
“I can’t believe someone allowed that to be made. Hollywood needs to find Africa. Yes, they are superior in terms of financing and technology. But for great stories they need to come to us,” she said.
Nigeria films are popular in Jamaica and Omotola (or Omosexy as she is known to fans) has racked up an impressive filmography. She is listed as one of the most successful actresses to come out of Nollywood, the popular name for the Nigerian film industry.
Omotola explained that acting was never on the cards for her early on, as the profession was once frowned on in Nigeria. In fact, she really wanted to be a singer. But as a 16-year-old model a chance audition turned her on to acting.
Omotola said what the Jamaican needs to emulate Nollywood for is “Passion,” she stated emphatically, then paused. “The truth, is having been there from the start I know what it’s like with a few people just doing what they loved, and believing that nothing was impossible. So just get going.” She advised.
She aIso stated that it is hard to track how much is being expended on Nollywood annually. “We have had to deal with a lot of issues including piracy as well as the fact that previously a lot of our films went straight to home video.”
Omotola continued, “There is now a change, with the help of technology we are able to produce for cinema. With this, we will better be able to track overall earnings.