In a candid interview with Afia TV, veteran Nollywood luminary, Kanayo O. Kanayo, has voiced his concerns about the direction of the Nigerian film industry. With wisdom accumulated over years in the limelight, he emphasized that Nollywood should remain a haven for creativity rather than superficial pursuits.
Kanayo firmly asserted that the allure of Nollywood should not be exploited as a platform for trends like the Brazilian Butt Lift or the activities of escorting. Instead, he passionately argued that the Nigerian motion picture industry should serve as a fertile ground for nurturing and showcasing artistic talent. He said; “Nollywood should not be a ground for BBL; bum bum enlargement. Nollywood should not be a ground for people doing runs. Nollywood should not be a ground where people’s dollars are stolen in hotels.
It is a ground for creativity. Nollywood is not a ground for learning how to act. Many people come to Nollywood to learn how to act. You are supposed to come to the industry to better and hone your talent. Many girls after hearing GenevieveNnaji is a millionaire, Omatola Akande is a billionaire, would go and borrow wigs and come deceiving themselves.
We all have different sectors. Everybody is welcome but the fact is, find out whether you have a calling for acting. That your neighbor says you know how to act, doesn’t mean you are an actor. You need some element of education to come to Nollywood…”
The actor, renowned for his iconic roles, highlighted that Nollywood should never become a sanctuary for amateurs. He underscored the importance of honing one’s craft in this vibrant industry.
While welcoming everyone to join the film fraternity, Kanayo stressed that individuals must have a genuine calling for acting. He dispelled the notion that simply hearing a neighbor’s compliment about one’s acting skills equates to being a professional actor. According to him, an element of education is essential for those aspiring to succeed in Nollywood.
Kanayo expressed concern about the rising trend of individuals turning to acting when their previous ventures falter. He argued that the journey to becoming a doctor or lawyer requires years of dedication and learning, and the same commitment should be expected in the acting profession.
In a passionate plea, the seasoned actor cautioned against the culture of favoring Instagram stars for their fleeting popularity. He believed that such trends tarnish the industry’s reputation and called on aspiring actors to focus on genuine talent development rather than seeking shortcuts to fame.
Kanayo’s words serve as a reminder of the core values that should drive Nollywood: creativity, dedication, and a sincere passion for the art of acting. His wisdom offers a glimpse into the soul of an industry that seeks to inspire and entertain, rather than merely sensationalize fleeting trends.