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BN Bytes: “We have done very well” – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde commends Nollywood in Interview with BBC’s Focus on Africa



Nollywood star actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has given the Nigerian Movie Industry good remarks for improving the quality of movies over the past few years.

While she was in London for the premiere of her latest movie, Amina, the BBC caught up with her for an interview.

In the interview with Fidelis Mbah of BBC’s Focus on Africa, she speaks about her role in the new movie, Amina. She also gives kudos to the Nollywood industry which she says has improved over the years “If you watch most movies out of Nollywood in the past 3, 4 years, perhaps since 2006, most of the big budget movies are what they are, big budget movies that can compete with any other movie from anywhere else around the world, even Hollywood.”

Watch the interview below to hear more of what she had to say about Nollywood, the world’s third largest film industry.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. ddd

    October 22, 2012 at 7:00 am

    first to comment! Nothing to say!!!

  2. Personal Shopper

    October 22, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Lol @ ddd

  3. Not a big deal

    October 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

    BBC’c focus on Africa?

  4. outlier

    October 22, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Is Omo kidding? Wit the level of sexual harrasements that has stopped nollywood from harnessinmg real talents,or is it the terrible phonetics that the so called actors and actress(wit a few expections)are forming? Terrible acting terrible scripts,dnt even get mi started on the soundtracks that tell u all about d movie b4 u start watching,some even still use cam-coderes to shoot. Nollwoody need to go and study. Every rich fella can be a director etc wit prior traing…takia

  5. nene

    October 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

    nigerian actresses need to be more poised in interviews. omotola in particular is never composed in any interview i’ve seen of her. and this BBC journalist, nawa oh. i don’t think the “big budget movies” like omotola said are particularly better, they r all the same if not worse, it’s only hype that makes those movie seem big budget. i watched i’ll take my chances, ije, last flight to abuja, etc (just to name a few), and i regretted it. the “asaba movies” even have better storylines, but bad actors, and poor productions. nollywood needs to be innovative: creative producers, better actors, better scripts..till then they are on their own.

    • abiola

      October 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

      in what way is she not composed? why are you trying to find fault where there is none? she has really said it the way it is, big up to her.

    • Anjorin

      October 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Madam Nene…. Omotola is the most Intelligent actress in that Nollywood. Composed? Or you mean fake?….please keep your advice to yourself! She’s Real!!! Why do you think people love her? I’ve known forever, that with Omotola what you see is what you can get and some more…if you don’t get her? Move over….we plenty wey get her troway. We love her Real and smart as she is.

  6. iamfascinating

    October 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

    One of Nigeria’s best talents.

  7. abiola

    October 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    NOllywood has really taken a new dimension for better improvement of productions and story line, they are really doing the best they can to ensure better quality, though there is still a whole lotta rooms for improvement but we must say that kudos to them, kudos to omotola

  8. new bride

    October 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “If you watch most movies out of Nollywood in the past 3, 4 years, perhaps since 2006, most of the big budget movies are what they are, big budget movies that can compete with any other movie from anywhere else around the world, even Hollywood.”

    Talk about delusions of grandeur! Even the D-list, film school hollywood movies are better than most Nollywood movies. We need to stop celebrating mediocrity!

    • Naveah

      October 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      You are the only one speaking the truth here. Thank you!

  9. tope

    October 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    ofcoss omotola, i totally agree with your view as regards Nollywood, yes we can be better than what it is today, up to the level of Hollywood and far beyond, if we continue to improve in our production and storyline, i see no reason why we cant be the best amongst the rest.

  10. dami

    October 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

    well said there omotola our star, only those who have vision like you can envisage this, we can do better i must confess. kudos to you with so much love from your ardent fan.

  11. sunday

    October 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Yesssss ohhhh, i share in your dream omosexy, just like i share in the Nigerian dream, we can be better and we will surely be better

  12. david

    October 22, 2012 at 9:24 am

    If we cannot say anything good to the communities outside the shores of Nigeria, i wonder who can do so, i totally believe in what omotola has said.

  13. simisola

    October 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

    well said my sweet and sexy idol, i know you know what you are saying, much love to you.

  14. Missasokoro

    October 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Wow! She is also intelligent and answered questions eloquently, bbc focus on Africa is a big deal and its nice to see her speak positively about the movie industry , yes, there’s still lot of room for growth but we must commend and celebrate what we’ve achieved regardless of how small it may seem.

  15. tunji

    October 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

    absolutely on point the sexy diva. if the necessary thing are put in place, yes we can be robbing shoulder with Hollywood big time.

  16. ucharia

    October 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    aside from the fact that i share in her dreams, i love the fact that she is putting Nigeria in a good map put there.

  17. DiePretty

    October 22, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Omosexy. Shine bright like a diamond, baby!!.

  18. Africanshop

    October 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Ha! that comment she made about noolywood movies competing with any other movie from anywhere else around the world, even Hollywood,… well, we’re still waiting for a nigerian movie that could win an oscar and perhaps have a budget of $380 million.

  19. grace

    October 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    BBC, this is interesting, it really show that omotola is not stopping at all. all i can do is to wish her good luck.

  20. williams

    October 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

    always in the news for the right reason, that is why i so much love her.

  21. mary

    October 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

    omotola, the pride of Nigeria, a national treasure, muahhhhhhhhh

  22. vivalicious

    October 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    puliiizz are you guys serious i like naija movies but who would watch a movie for 5 hours. the sound is very poor.and the pictures lives much to to be desired. which naija movie has been nominated for oscars. well i can tell you how many south african movies have and actually won. criticise ur people and they will learn.

  23. anjorin

    October 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    she’s simply saying that we have done very well which is obvious, production wise we are doing great, and if we continue to be better, surely we will attain a greater height in movie production than what it is now.

  24. Chattyzee

    October 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Very nice interview. They have indeed done very well, but there is always room to grow.

  25. Missasokoro

    October 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Omotola always puts a smile on my face, she goes from strength to strength, may God continue to guide you and bless your efforts. And like William said- you’re always in the news for the right reasons. Ever so optimistic about our country nigeria and passionate about whatever humanitarian cause you lend your name to. Am truly in awe of you!! Xoxo.

  26. Bukki

    October 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Anybody who is intelligent and focused will see that this Lady is a National treasure! She is Optimistic and focused and only small minds and quick talkers as in shallow people will not understand where her mind is. OMOTOLA if you ever get to read this, I’ve always loved you but my Respect for you has Sky rocketed! You were there when Nollywood started, you have worked hard to keep it where it is today, you are still working hard to take it to its new height and God almighty will let you live long enough to see it! I agree with the person who said Omotola is always in the News for the right reasons. NOW THIS IS A STAR! BBC focus on Africa is Huge! And she no dey rush or form…Blessed soul.

  27. kayode

    October 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    we have really done well but we can be better. nice job there omotola, promoting Nigeria’s image.

  28. outlier

    October 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    FYI “being the 3rd world’s largest” is not the same thing as being the “world’s 3rd Best”

  29. adeola

    October 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    i share in your opinion omotola, we have done well and we will continue to do well to the point when we get to the top in the world.

  30. hamed

    October 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    isn’t she a darling? thanks omotola for saying something good about your country, that is lovely, though we have a long way to go but we will surely get there.

  31. ajayi

    October 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Too gbasky, omosexy to shon, way too sexy………

  32. jennietobbie

    October 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm


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