Spotlight | 13 November 2012 05:59 CET


Source: Babajide Ogunbumi/
Beautiful couple! Gloria and Nobert Young

Beautiful couple! Gloria and Nobert Young

The thespian who is also a participant in the movie industry, Nobert Young has described the nation's entertainment industry known as Nollywood to be amateurish and stagnant. “Nollywood has literally shot itself in the foot and it is not going anywhere anymore,'' Young asserted.

The veteran actor made it clear that the perceived multimillion dollar movie industry which is ranked as the third larger producer of movies in the world, must embark on rigorous training of all the skills used in the production of its stories.

“Nollywood is how not to act because it is just beauty that the actors are portraying instead of the ability to be real when acting.They destroy the story by acting only on their beauty” he added.

When asked how come the financial success of Nollywood is still growing despite his alleged lack of professional in the industry, the former Checkmate star who now does more of stage productions than movies stated that “mediocrity is what sells in Nigeria. It is not the first time that people are buying what they don't need, what sells in Nigeria'' he alluded.

Suggesting on the way forward, the actor noted that there are diverse guilds in the movie industry. He urged leaders of the guilds to establish training centres for their professions.

Mr Young further declared that he has done enough of talking and was now ready to take some actions to rescue his beloved profession, thereby establishing a 'Centre for Media Development and Acting Academy' in Lagos where aspiring actors can come and learn the ropes of being the best in the profession.

Reacting to the rumour that theatre is dead in Nigeria, “theatre can never die” though he admitted that there have being a lull in the level of stage productions but there is a gradual surge in recent times. He also admitted that low publicity might also be responsible for the declining popularity of stage productions which he claims go on every week across some major cities in the country.

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