by Anike Jacobs
One of the biggest problems that Nollywood is facing today is piracy.
It actually became a big deal following the release of pirated copies of Kunle Afolayan award winning movie ‘October 1’ a few days back.
Other recently pirated movies include ‘Phone Swap’ and AY’s highest grossing Nollywood film ’30 Days in Atlanta’.
The issue of piracy has become such a big headache to the Nigerian movie industry that the movie practitioners have chosen to take drastic action.
After all their brainstorming, the best idea they could come up was to hold a peaceful march against piracy in Lagos earlier today, April 20.
Nollywood filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, and other movie industry practitioners including Yemi Shodimu, Tunde Kelani, and others walked from under the bridge in Ikeja to the Governor’s office in Alausa, where they met and spoke with Governor Fashola.
While it is understandable that a peaceful protest is often necessary to express feelings of discontent and unrest, but can that really solve the niggling piracy problem?
Over time, several protests have been held on the issue, but it yielded little result, yet these actors still persist with a line of action that has never been productive.
Will the protest, which was sparsely attended, prevent the pirates from releasing more pirated movies?
Will it stop Nigerians from settling for the pirated movies which are sold at prices they can easily afford as regards the original movies?
We wait to see the resultant effect of this latest protest/march?
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