Ghana Slams $1,000 Fee On Nigerian Actors

There are indications that the cordial relationship between the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood and its counterpart, Ghana’s Ghollywood, has hit the rocks as authorities of the Ghanaian movie industry have said that Nigerian actors will no longer be allowed to work in their country unless they pay a fee.

In a statement sent to the Actors Guild of Nigeria [AGN] Board of Trustees, said henceforth, any Nigerian actor participating in any of their productions will be compelled to pay $1, 000 (One Thousand dollars) or risk losing the job.

This development, according to the Ghanaians, is to give ample opportunities to their local actors, and as a result, develop their movie industry to an enviable height.

They are of the opinion that their Nigerian counterparts seem to be dictating the pace in the Ghanaian movie scene, and they want to address the issue before it gets out of hand.

Confirming this information to P.M NEWS on phone yesterday morning, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, Prince Ifeanyi Dike, said he and his executives are already addressing the issue.

He said that he was shocked when he received the information “because I never believed such decision could come from the Ghanaians. Nollywood has done a lot to improve their movie industry and what they have done now is a clear indication that they are ingrates. How could the Ghanaians insist that Nigerian actors must be paying $1, 000 before participating in their productions?

“A lot of our popular artistes have been calling me on this issue and I have assured them that we are going to make the necessary moves. It was Nollywood that made Ghanaian actors like Van Vicker, so it is absurd for them to be creating hurdles for our own actors now.”

Prince Dike, however, stated that part of the resolutions made by his board is that if at all, any Ghanaian actor must act in Nigeria, such actor will also be compelled to pay $2,000,(two thousand dollars).

Meanwhile, as the number of foreign actors plying their trade in Nigeria’s Nollywood continues to increase, the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has called on the Nigerian Film and Video Marketers to curb the excesses of these foreign actors.

The authorities of AGN reiterated that movie marketers, producers, directors and other stakeholders should avoid giving prominence to foreign actors at the expense of their local counterparts.

Star actor and National President of AGN, Segun Arinze, said he is not opposed to the use of foreign actors in Nigerian movies, but it should not be at the expense of the local talents.

According to Arinze, Nigerian movie producers should be cautious of the influx of foreign actors, especially the Ghanaians, who seem to be getting more roles and better remuneration in Nigerian films.

He, however, urged the producers to “embrace an 80 percent local talent and 20 percent foreign in our films.”

He said “the current situation is worrisome to AGN as our talents are left wasting away. More disturbing is the situation where our own actors are not engaged in jobs outside the country, making our efforts not reciprocal.

“AGN appreciates the contributions of our foreign colleagues to Nollywood but when the home grown talents are wasting away, we should have a re-think because we are equally talented.”

11 COMMENTS

  1. its so absurd dat GHANA not even South Africa could come up with such comment…were was Ghollywood when Nollywood was formed? what is root of Ghollywood in Movie industry? i dnt blame them i only blame our AGN for all this nonsence because when u start feeling that your own talents here are not better except foreigners this is what you get…we have had some many talent hunt in pass years, even months, i dnt know why AGN show prefer a GHANIAN to our own UNTAPED TALENTS roaming the streets. its a wake up call to ALL FILM DIRECTORS AND AGN GROUPS.

  2. I really think the problem is with the Nigerian movie industry.. Look at the way the music industry is flourishing in nigeria, apart from the satelite dish i barely here foriegn artist on our radio sets, dvd, television.. So d movie industry should improve their storylines, photography and profile bold and brave actors who can take up roles.. The so called ghollywood is not up to the hollywood standards but have won the hearts of Nigerians, myself inclusive, but its really absurb for d pay before performers, its shows the greed of african spirit coming up, also if im not mistaking any role played by the actor ‘is he not supposed to get paid’? So he should bill the producers r directors of the movie the $1000 inclusive in his bill.. That wud also show class…
    AGN it is all in your hands right now.. Get actors that can match Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah etc cos i dnt want to hear that you have Genevive and omotola cos what the Ghanians have done has surpass all the nigerians have been doing.. So its a wake up call to STEP-UP..

  3. this is unbelieveable.i can believe ghana as africa country can say such a thing to nigeria actor.there must be something behind this discrimination.

  4. i will say that the ghanians are very very stupid for saying that rubbish.if not for the nigerian movie industry the ghanian movie wont’be were it is today,they are very very ungrateful.i think they should be band from acting in nigerian movies.AGN please make use of your local talent.

  5. it very bad omen for ghollywood to jump to conclusion just like that because if not of the nollywood who are they to tailk in afracan in time of acting, but i dont blame them if not of our stars that leave their local talented people and go for outsider because they value what they until they looses it i advise them to come down to all state, local government in nigeria to sell form and see those who reli have intrest and talented but no help for them and forget ushng outside people for their movies.

  6. This is like a slap on nigerian actors,how can they {ghollywood}demand such a fee from nollywood this is biting the finger that feed them.who are they? They think they are all and all now,infact they should not be given any movie roles in nigeria anymore.RUBBISH!

  7. i am very happy for what ghollywood said, i think their statement is a wakeup call for nollywood to improve the standard of their movies. This their 30 minute part1 to 4 films is nt helping matter. Look at bollywood, 3hrs film; well recognize and making their dow. Nigerian films are scrap men. I dnt blame the ghanians they have their own reasons

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