Patience Ozokwor Laments Telenovela Negative Effect On Nigerian Movie Industry


Patience Ozokwor

Seasoned and popular Nigerian thespian, Patience Ozorkwor aka Mama Gee, has posited that telenovelas are crushing the movie industry in Nigeria.

Speaking during her recent trip to Ghana, Patience Ozorkwor said that the industry in Nigeria is facing the same problem being faced in Ghana.

‘‘We have the same problem with Zee World and Telemundo. It’s really eating into the industry…what it means is that we are facing challenges and so now, we need to do something that will make our people come back to us. You can’t force them because it’s a market; everybody goes for what they want. We need to also find out why they have thrown our own away,’’ she said.

Patience believes that people get addicted to the telenovelas because of it’s serialized nature.

‘‘one thing I have personally observed is that these telenovelas are telling serial stories. If you watch it, you would want to watch the next episode so people are usually eager to watch what will eventually happen to this character. So if that’s what people want, we start doing it for them. We need to tell serious-minded stories.”

“They (telenovela characters) don’t act well. Their costuming is even wrong. What they criticize us for is exactly what they are doing. So why are people dropping us and watching what they are criticizing? For example, you can see someone who goes to bed fully made up and in a flashy dress and wakes up and still runs around with that. It makes me wonder why people are not talking about that. That means people are not watching those things; they are actually only interested in the storyline.” she added.

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