Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has promised that movie practitioners of Nigeria, in this article referred to as Nollywood will get support from President Muhammadu Buhari, led administration.
Boss Mustapha said this at the grand finale of a stage play captioned “Agbarho The Musical”, which was produced by 30-year-old Patrick Otoro, on Saturday in Abuja.
Mustapha stated that the proprietary rights of Nollywood actors and producers needed to be protected by the government so that they can derive maximum benefit from their artistic works.
”One of the things that the government has to do is to make sure that their rights are protected because that is why they lose a lot of money. There are a lot of leakages in the process in terms of people pirating their products,” said Mustapha.
Speaking further on the issue, ”Nollywood in the African continent and even in the world is thriving and has become a big industry. But the actors and actresses, do they receive commensurate benefit from the kind of work they do?
”They are not getting value for their output. They train very hard, they perform very well but at the end of the day, what gets to them is peanuts.
”The industry will have to restructure itself in such a way that there will be capable and competent managers that will manage their artists. All of these must be put in place so that whenever talent is exhibited, it will be protected.” Mustapha added.