In Nigeria, the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) recently solicited the support of leaders of the creative industry guilds and associations in clamping down on illegal operators.
At the end of a two-day stakeholders’ forum held in Lagos, Nigeria, Adedayo Thomas, NFVCB’s executive director, said the clampdown was necessary to advance the creative industry.
He noted, “It is not enough to solely wait on NFVCB; we need your stakeholder cooperation as well. We have been trying our best, but you are in the best position to ensure illegal operators are legal by ensuring they are registered.”
Thomas indicated that it was disheartening to have actors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, producers and directors who were not registered in any professional guild or association operating in the creative space.
He added that the NFVCB had been trying to curb illegal operations over the years, adding that it was time the guilds and associations collaborated with the board.
“The unregistered operators could be easily identified at various movie shooting locations. We must collectively ensure that the industry is professionalised by removing quacks. There is a need to clean the system,” he added.
Thomas also urged the creative industry practitioners to assist the board in identifying defiant fond of distributing uncensored works. He said they must ensure well-organised guilds and associations to do this.
Also Commenting, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, national president, Federation of Nollywood Guilds and Associations (FRENGAN), stated that there was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which would ensure a clampdown on all illegal operators in due course.
According to Anyiam-Osigwe, this MoU will be signed by leaders of guilds and associations.
Solomon Arusi, the coordinator of the Association of Movie Practitioners (AMPRAC), South-East zone, identified the challenges in the industry that NFVCB could address.
He noted that given the high production cost of movies, investors usually did not break even on their investments anymore, urging the NFVCB to engage Nollywood practitioners in conferences to revamp the industry.