Nigeria and Ghana have always had a relationship of healthy friendship and rivalry. However, this relationship sometimes boils over. Last week in Lagos, a delegation of Ghanaian film producers and marketers paid their Nigerian counterparts a visit to ascertain the veracity of a purported ban of Ghanaian films in Nigerian market.
The Ghanaian marketers apparently received the shocker of their life, as they not only confirmed that and embargo has been firmly placed on Ghanaian movies in Nigeria, but that they were also told to go and clean up their house before they can get re-admitted into the Nigerian Market.
Referring to Ghanaian movies as substandard and morally bankrupt which under normal circumstances would not be approved for release by the National Film and Video Censors Board, a representative of the Nigerian Movie Marketers, Mr. Norbert Ajaegbu, accused Ghanaian marketers colluding with some Nigerians to bring in unregulated, uncensored films into Nigerian market.
The Ghanaian films with indecent content that are smuggled into the Nigerian market, the association argued, were giving them a bad name and devaluing the market for films with the attendant losses in revenue.
Nevertheless, some closed-door talks were held by the Ghanaian delegates and Nigerian marketers to work out a strategy, which both sides would adopt, to stem the tide of n*de films flowing in from Ghana.
At the end of deliberations, it was agreed that “Nigeria will no longer accept influx of Ghanaian films not approved by the National Film and Video Censors Board.
All I can say is hmnnnnnn. This must be very ego-crushing for the Ghanaian movie producers and marketers as a whole. So harsh if you asked me!
I will be quick to add that as harsh as the move taken by the Nigerian movie marketers may seem, I won’t blame them. The rate of nudity and explicit scenes in Ghanaian movies in recent times calls for real attention!
What is your take on this?