Saturday, 25 August 2012
Lancelot 'The Governor' Imasuen Talks Nollywood On CNN's Inside Africa
Industry players call him 'The Governor' and I often wondered why. However, after his recent excellent chat with CNN's Vladimir Duthiers and Teo Kermeliotis on Inside Africa, I stopped wondering and joined to hail 'The Governor'. Just in case you are wondering who it is? Well, its the veteran Nollywood Director, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen- A.K.A 'The Governor'. He has no fewer than 10 years of experience in the Nigeria film industry and in this duration (which is still counting) he has earned the Veteran badge. In his chat with Vladimir and Teo, he unveiled Nollywood.
The Governor as I too prefer to call him henceforth, spoke on variety of issues as regards Nollywood and with a depth of knowledge that only a veteran in the industry can deliver. He spoke on why people get in touch with Nollywood which he said was because of 'Direct Realism' ... "people are getting more and more interested, more and more involved in our productions because they can feel the pains, they can feel the excitement, it is so real to them". He continued by saying as such, Nollywood themes strike a familiar chord with the audience, making them feel like they are part of the stories. That he maintained, is the industry's big advantage compared to the competition posed by Hollywood productions.
He did cover many topics, from the industry's weaknesses, struggles, strength and talents, to what the future holds for Nollywood. We even got to find out that he is working on a project with a $2 million budget. In fact, all I can say is that 'The Governor' spoke. I encourage all industry heads, especially debutant directors.