Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo, has identified the challenges that made film making more difficult than it should be in Lagos and other parts of the country. The actress noted that principal among the challenges they had to contend with was the menace of Lagos area boys who could get violent if they are not quickly bribed.
“The major challenge of making films in Lagos State is the menace of area boys. They usually come on set to harass and molest us. On several occasions, they have beaten members of the cast and crew, and even destroyed expensive equipment. Getting location and enabling environment is also a problem. Electricity is also among the problems because we have to make do with generators when filming and the noise affects our productions. Lastly, getting funds could also be cumbersome and we all know that producing a good film is capital intensive,” she told Punch.
She also condemned the approach employed by former president Goodluck Jonathan in doling out cash to some Nollywood stakeholders without putting in place structures that would ensure that it directly impacted on the industry. She added that she did not receive a dime from the largesse.
“I didn’t get any of the grants former president Jonathan gave the industry. And I know thousands of filmmakers who didn’t get anything as well. I don’t believe that anybody should throw money at Nollywood for filmmakers to go and share; I’m of the opinion that proper infrastructure should be put in place. If this is done, people would sort themselves out financially,” she said.