Movie producer, Ivie Okujaye, has promised to inject some life into Nollywood, which is currently experiencing a dip in its fortunes, and to restore the waning confidence in filmmakers and other practitioners.
Before now, filmmakers have been laughing all the way to the bank with fabulous earnings from the box office. While the going was good, movies, such as Ije, Figurine, Anchor Baby, Last Flight, Mirror Boy, Return of Jenifa and more recently, The Meeting, reportedly sold out at cinemas.
But, after The Meeting was premiered, subsequent movies in cinema have failed to make an impression on viewers. The slump in sales has been blamed on cinema operators, as well as the producers of the movies.
But Okujaye plans to make a difference with her latest film titled ‘Make a Move’.
She says, “I heard Nollywood movies haven’t had it so good at the cinemas in recent times. Even cinema houses seem wary to give Nollywood movies much attention and space. I assure you that Make a Move is set to redefine that. Our target is to sell as much as thirty million naira from the Box Office; that is our minimum target. I know it is a daunting task but be rest assured that we will make that figure and earn some respect back for Nollywood.”
Okujaye believes that someday Nollywood will rise above its present challenges and outshine the American Hollywood.
“If things are the way they should be in this country, Hollywood movies should not sell more than Nollywood movies. So we need to let them know that this is home and we know our people more than they do,” she says.
Make a Move which will be made available to Nigerian cinemas nationwide from June 6, 2014. The movie tells the story of two sisters who found dance as an escape route from a non-pleasant past. They must dare to make a move to get to the land of their dreams.
The movie has a heavy musical slant and it stars 2face Idibia, Omawunmi, Majid Michel, Tina Mba, Wale Adebayo, Ivie Okujaye, Beverly Naya, and popular VJ Denrele Edun and is directed by Niyi Akinmolayan.
According to Wale Adebayo, popularly known as Sango, Make a Move is the kind of story every young person can relate to. It is a story of self-belief, doubt and fight against unfavourable environment.
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