The name Peace Anyiam Osigwe is one that surely rings a bell in the international movie scene. She is an experienced producer and a filmmaker. She chairs the African Film Academy and also the founder and CEO of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which has grown in the past decade into premier award programme for African film industry.
In a recent interview, Peace called on the Nigerian Government to invest in the entertainment industry especially Nollywood. She also advocated for the placement of the right people in the right places to help oversee the affairs of the regulatory bodies.
“We also need to understand that we need to make films as political as the Americans and British. Until our leaders in Africa see it that way, we still have a long way to go. They need to put in money into the industry and also play the politics to make sure those films are shown in foreign theatres, because there is politics in the international film industry.”
“It’s not just money. But Nigerian government hasn’t got the right people in the regulatory bodies. They need to put the right people in the regulatory bodies, people who understand the international politics of film, therefore when there’s a good film from Nigeria, they start to push it.”
“When a South African actress won best actress at the AMAA’s last year, she was celebrated by her government, they sent us letters and it was a big deal for South Africa to win it. Same thing applies to the government of Ghana. When they win, the president or vice president hosts them to a grand reception and they are well celebrated. So, that makes you wonder what the role of Nigerian regulatory bodies really is. When you go to CANNES, our stand is always empty. We haven’t even pushed any of our films to the Oscars in the foreign films section, and that s because we don’t have the right people,” she added.
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