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“You Have No Right to Insult Nollywood” Stella Damasus calls out Ghanaian Filmmaker Leila Djansi

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In a video posted on her YouTube channel, Nollywood actress Stella Damasus addresses some negative statements made by Ghanaian Filmmaker Leila Djansi about the Nigerian film industry.

Leila Djansi had said that new producers should not be put under the blanket of Nollywood as that would not help their reputation. She had also said that the new producers aligning themselves with Nollywood was as bad as a mother calling her son Hitler.

Stella Damasus is not here for it and she aired her thoughts in the video below.

87 Comments

  1. jackter

    February 1, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I never heard of that name until today. Sometimes ignoring people is actally the answer. Please stop making foolish people popular in 2016. Now you have added to her popularity by making this video…..

    • Surely

      February 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

      THE MOMENT NIGERIAN PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT GHANAIANS HATE US, WE WILL BE BETTER OFF. THESE PEOPLE WILL SOON INVADE US WHILE WE ARE DRINKING ORIJIN AND EATING ASUN.

    • Anonymous

      February 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Hahaha. Relax. I saw the documentary she’s talking abt a few wks ago (it’s on Netflix – Jimmy goes to Nollywood). The lady in question kinda looked down her nose at everyone. She wasn’t really picking on Nigerians. I do understand why Stella would take it personal.

    • ugochi

      February 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      true…..i live in ghana all my life….and the hate is so real

    • Wale

      February 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

      This woman’s Jada Pinkett Smith’s inspired rant comes a little to late. The documentary came out a couple of years ago-maybe she only just subscribed to Netflix. Yes,she makes some valid point about Nollywood, but I have always supported the idea of separating the new crop of quality movies being made now by Nigerian movie makers from the so called nollywood since they seem to have been actually schooled in the Art and craft of movie making. We need to separate them from the sometimes good and sometimes rubbished movies that Nollywood produced. Infact, maybe the new movie makers should just call themselves “the Nigerian Movie industry” like she alluded to or simply leave it without any collective name. Leila comparing the hardwor of many to Hitler is simply wrong(she is just simply foolish) but still it didn’t warrant this much spouting of saliva and passion. Ms. Damascus must either be too young or she simply forgot that way before “their Nollywood”, quality movies that told good stories were produced in Nigeria. Does anyone remember ‘Dinner with the Devil’, ‘The Mask’, all the Ogunde Movies, many many more? There were movies made by Ade love and Tunde Kelani etc that didn’t fall under the Nollywood spectrum. Nollywood doesn’t own the Nigerian movie industry, Ms Damasus-Nollywood was inspired by the great Nigerian movies makers that came before them. Nollywood technically started in circa 1990 – Nigeria had been shelling out too many quality dramas way before that time, because we are naturally dramatic people, it is in our blood. It is an industry comes naturally to us as a peopl. Ms. Damasus and are contemporaries cannot lay claim to this; we have had good productions like village headmaster, Feyikogbon, playhouse, mirror in the sun, (the classic Igbo court room drama, I can’t remember the name now) etc way before her time- and I am talking about the whole enchilada -good diction, good stories, good acting, good attention to details and quality. They didn’t release cring worthy films just to make a quick buck. So Nollywood stood on the shoulders of these past productions. The general public’s peeve, at least mine, was that there were substandard actors that refused to improve themselves as the industry progressed and became internationally exposed. Yes, we get that you dipped into your wardrobe to aid production budget where it lacked, even guerrilla movie makers here in the States did that to make their vision work-nothing out of ordinary; you most admit that a lot of what was done was “jomo jomo”; because one lacked funding doesn’t negate the fact for the most part a lot of the movies were simply rubbish. Some efforts were put into some and really good stories were shared with some good actors Ms Damasus being one of those I enjoyed watching. I still until today do not understand the relevance and celebrity awarded some of these nollywood actors -other than pretty faces, their acting suck and they refuse to still learn the trade. So Yes- with all the sacrifices made and all the stories told and all the exposure Nollywood SHOULD not claim the entirety of the Nigerian Movie industry-it is just the middle part that was inspired by our original movie industry with no “wood” attached and yes, the new up and coming crop of movie industry is a better formed modern movie industry with largely new faces, better trained and better funding. I don’t think this new one should be tagged Nollywood. I don’t think they should be tagged independent either. I think they should be unlabeled and we should encourage and enjoy them.
      Btw, the reason the Yoruba movies seem better is because they act in their native tongue and it is more natural and more realistic than forming phoney and acting at the same time. I bet you the Igbo and Hausa movies seem natural as well.

    • Elvis

      February 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Nollywood is Nollywood and it is here to stay. It is so Ironic that we Africans like hating on ourselves, well, Ghanians hate Nigeria because we are better than them.

      Also, Bollywood is still Bollywood, despite it having Low and High Budget movies juxtaposed and same with Hollywood

    • Caligula

      February 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Compared to hitler? WELL ms. Leila honey, you put your foot in your mouth!

      Anyway, based on my experience I think Ghanaians generally dislike Nigerians period…. but their chicks will off pata for our men before you say DO-RE-MI. I don’t like dem B*#€£s ?. Leila needs to apologize for her wack comment, ugly woman

    • curious

      February 2, 2016 at 10:45 am

      I noticed that Stella always appear angry in her videos. Seems as if she is ranting instead of stating her point. I believe there are calmer and more polite ways to air out an opinion. even if you would rather blow the roof off. Just saying.

  2. livingstone

    February 1, 2016 at 8:38 am

    nice one…
    9jarants.com

  3. Nk

    February 1, 2016 at 8:50 am

    You don’t ignore every barking dog… Stupid ignorant Leila! Imagine the hitler juxtaposing… I agree our quality isn’t the best yet but looking back, we have come a long way considering the level of support film makers get from the govt and individual investors??…

  4. Virginia's jolie

    February 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Deng Leila Djansi …..why say that because you schooled in America. nonsense …well remember Hollywood paved way for Bollywood and Bollywood also paved well for Nollywood and now Ghollywood ….Dont be so quick to judge ……….fanti women de3 saaaaa they have quick mouth ……dont mind her aunty stella ….by the way i’m ghanaian …she does not only diminish outsiders but Ghanaians also .

    • Daybreak

      February 1, 2016 at 10:01 am

      get ur facts right pls! Leila ia an ewe not fanti! roping a whole tribe in. why the tribal reference anyway? stop that

    • Virginia's jolie

      February 1, 2016 at 10:19 am

      excuse me her full name is Leila Afua Djansi…… you get the the facts rights …..you can go hug transformer

    • ThatGhanaChick

      February 1, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Really? Nollywood paved way for Ghollywood? I am not a fun of both industries but sister/Brother where was Nollywood when I Told you so , Love brewed in the African Pot etc was made? Please don’t come on here and be saying just anything. Just stick to discussing Leila and her bad mouth please and if you you want to suck up to Nollywood please by all means do so, devoid of unreasonable statements.

    • Virginia's jolie

      February 1, 2016 at 10:21 am

      yes they paved way for ghollywood which is why its much more popular

    • chai!

      February 1, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Yes! Nollywood paved the way for Gollywood. Without Nollywood all your big ghanaian actors will be nothing. All of them used to act in Nigerian movies and Nigerians embraced them..now because we embraced you people you now have the guts to bite the fingers that fed you? Nonsense. this Djansi woman is ungrateful and please you people should stop taking glory without acknowledgement..same way you people never admit you learnt jollof rice from Nigerians. Sheesh!

    • nnenne

      February 2, 2016 at 4:34 am

      @ThatGhanachick…soon you will claim you were in existence before ThatIgbochick!!!

    • Daybreak

      February 1, 2016 at 10:39 am

      go and read about her. im done with u. stop being tribalistic! and wat is with the rudeness? go hug a transformer? cmon!

    • Virginia's jolie

      February 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      well im Ghanaian too and i know what im talking about.mtchewwww

    • Daybreak

      February 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      why dont u go to her page and check for yourself? and stop displaying your ignorance and rudeness

    • Virginia's jolie

      February 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Madam are you Fanti? ………….leave me and let me say what i know after all u said urs

  5. Naturallyziny

    February 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Plix who is the kain Leila Djansi? All i see is SHEKELEKE!!! nne park well o.

  6. KK

    February 1, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Stella Damascus is MAKING VALID SALIENT POINTS. I don’t even know who this Leila Djansi is, This Ghollywood actress should please take several seats!!!!!!!!

  7. Harry ned

    February 1, 2016 at 9:04 am

    This is not the first time leila djansi is insulting Nollywood, I don’t know her problems, if she thinks that her films are wonderful why hasn’t she got an Oscar, firstly, Genevieve refused to work with her cos of her bad mouth, who does she think she’s .you dont think nollywood does well but ,Each time she wants to do film she runs to Nigeria to use their actors, ugly woman with bad mouth,

  8. Elvis

    February 1, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Please who is this leila? Sincerely, i don’t know her.

    The truth is that no matter how other parts of African’s try to demean Nollywood, it is never going to work, we are still the Best Movie Industry in Africa and also the Second Largest film industry in the World due to our copious movies produced.

    I am a guy, but i watch our movies more than girls, considering the fact that they said only females love watching Nollywood movies, i have started watching Nollywood movies since i was 5, starting with Living in Bondage, Karishika, Glamour Girls, Most wanted, Suicide Mission, to mention just a few and indeed we have come a long way and i am proud of our Industry.

    All African actors wants to come to Nollywood because it is Big, Industrious and Lucrative.

    God Bless our Producers and our Actors.

    We are Africans and we are Nollywood.

    Stella, don’t mind that leila girl jare, she is just envious, whatever they say can never bring us down.

    Regards

  9. ridiculous referencing!

    February 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    We give Stella Damasus so much grief in the media. About who she is sleeping with, why she is sleeping with them, why they are not sleeping with the people they used to sleep with before they started sleeping with her. But never has anyone defended Nollywood so eloquently, so passionately, so intensely, you can feel the existence of this industry that was built by devotion and passion, coming into life all over again. Leila honey, you are not a better creative simply because you advanced your craft in an institution and everyone else who didn’t is supposedly “hitler”. You’d have to be an idiot of a much more greater component to think so. Now you’ve shown that you are an idiot of a much more greater component.

  10. OMODON .B. JESSICA

    February 1, 2016 at 9:42 am

    STELLA PLEASE PARDON HER FOR RUNNING HER MOUTH . SHE IS JUST AN APPRENTICE IN THE GAME OF MOVIES

  11. Suwa

    February 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Thank you Stella. I hope she watch this video

  12. adelegirl

    February 1, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Stella, you spoke well. Your passion for your industry is undeniable. However, you just gave this non factor Leila, free publicity. Most people who didn’t know about her before will now know about her because you devoted a vlog to responding to her tactless statement.

  13. salo

    February 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    rediculous referencing:indeed u made a great point but why bring up the iissue of sleep n sleep in ds, na wa ooooo

  14. Aanuolutomiwa

    February 1, 2016 at 10:10 am

    this defense is the best an industry can get, great one stella

  15. Romaine

    February 1, 2016 at 10:25 am

    We are african and we should be proud of those who are doing their best to put our country’s name on value. I am a Beninois from BENIN REPUBLIC, COTONOU. Iam proud of you guys aunty Stella i beg never mind her. If the insulted Nollywood then she is also insulting Ghollywood and all of us. We should be proud of what we have. I learn my english in Ghana but I can speak english fluently today cos i use to match Nollywood films while i was over there so please i think you guys are doing a great job. I am proud of you and proud of your job cos most of the time you give the best of you. Stella i reminber one of your movie the one called “WIDOW” you did a great job. I appreciate all of you. Best regards

    • adelegirl

      February 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      You are calling Stella “Aunty” now, seemingly with respect and warmth. Yet your people are so mean and totally vile to Nigerians when they are in your country. #justsaying

  16. Adetunji Oyewunmi

    February 1, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Word!!!

  17. Elvis

    February 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Hi ‘ThatGhanaChick’, i still don’t really know your point about this comment you just made as a response to the guy who said Nollywood paved way for Ghallywood or Ghollywood or Ghana Movie Industry, but let me try to buttress my point with the way i understand it.

    Indeed, Nollywood paved way for Ghana Movie Industry, they learnt from us and all parts of Africa, it was because of our Movie industry that other parts of Africa especially Ghana started trying to produce their own movies and Ghana got the edge over other countries because Nollywood collaborated with them and we enormously assisted them and it was even our producers that traveled to Ghana and started producing movies for them, ironically, our producers has returned to our country and the Movie Industry in Ghana is demeaning at the moment. Majid, Van Vicker and many of your top most Actors (who Nollywood made popular) has indeed admitted it that Nollywood greatly assisted their movie industry and to cap it all, sometimes in 2014, Majid Michel said there is no movie Industry in Ghana, and that they are only imitating Nollywood and that Nollywood has set the standards, if you doubt this statement, i could refer you to a link, or just check it out on Google.

    This is a fact dear.

    I hope you read this and if you want more hints to prove the veracity of what i have just said, i will be glad to throw more light.

    Regards

    • Galivanta

      February 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Nne ure still a learner. U think she doesnt knoe all this? Like who in africa doesnt know that naija started it all and practically paved the way for ghanians? But typical ghanians and their bitterness for naija will rather see it the other way round. I really dont get why these people have it out for us because nigerians never come for them first. Dem no reach. Their attitude and constant bad mouthing of nigerians has really turn me off from them. The funny thing is Nigerians dont be thinking of yall,….dont send u pple, but y’alll are always the ones starting shit for no reason. Im still waiting to hear why they hate nigerians so much and what nigerians did to them….was it the ghana must go debacle or what biko? I have heard some online say that nigerians are too proud, love money and are flashy….how that one take concern u?! Yet ur women want to die ontop of our men’s “flashiness” and money abi? And ur men wont let our women rest. Mcheeew!

  18. ola

    February 1, 2016 at 10:40 am

    If you dont live outside Nigeria you can never know how much Ghanaians hate us..

    • AK

      February 1, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Liar.

      How many Ghanaians have you met out of the millions to make this claim. You guys are better than this. Come on!

    • ola

      February 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Met so many….always jealous because Nigerians are always ahead.

    • Osayi

      February 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Ghanaians don’t hate Nigerians. They just feel Nigerians are criminals. It’s more a fear/contempt feeling people have for thieves. They get surprised when they meet pleasant Nigerians like me. They have been brainwashed into thinking we are evil or something. smh. I know this cos i live in Accra.

    • ola

      February 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      so dem be saints ab?

  19. keke driver

    February 1, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I have always been a fan of Stella Damascus, and am proud of you…..you can never do wrong in my eye..Nollywood is here to stay. Leila or whatever your name is, just go to sleep abeg.

  20. oj Hair

    February 1, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Good One Stella, dnt worry your head over the foolish girl. am a Ghanaian i bet you, no one knows her down here. You guys should go with your hard work work. she is a useless girl.

  21. D

    February 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Well said, Stella. You are eloquent and passionate as always. Don’t mind the Leila woman jare.

  22. kcz

    February 1, 2016 at 11:02 am

    seriously i didn’t know about the so called leila and had to google checked her and see for myself…my dear stella you don’t have to say much cos is not worth it..mshwee to her

  23. Tola

    February 1, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Liela is VERY VERY CORRECT, the mistake she made was to use the HITLER analogy.. that was wrong in so many ways. Let us forgive her for the Hitler reference and analysis her comments logically. I am a new Filmmaker and I gett worried about been tagged Nollywood. I appreciate Nollywood, I respect the people that made it, but change is the only thing in Life that is constant. Nollywood is the 3rd largest but its reputation on the world stage is that it makes low budget films. If we want the world to recognise that there are group of young people trying to take Nollywood to the next level, we need to REBRAND.

    • D

      February 1, 2016 at 11:37 am

      She is very WRONG please, she denigrated an entire industry. ‘Rebranding’ our film industry does not mean changing its name or trying to disassociate yourself from that name – that is a shallow approach. As a vibrant young filmmaker, you can begin to change any negative connotations that you may feel ‘Nollywood’ has simply by making better films and showing the world what you can do. If you make a good quality film, people will recognize it regardless of where it’s coming from. We can take our movies to the next level without rubbishing the efforts of others. I will be the first to admit that Nollywood has a long way to go, but the way to grow and build is NOT by being ashamed and trying to demean all the hard work that has been done.

    • Galivanta

      February 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Biko hush! She’s ghanian sowhy didnt she criticize her own industry ghollywood? None knws her in nigeria cos she doesnt produce here so why isshe hurling insults at the people that paved the way for the african movie industry? I can understand a little if she was a nigerian producer saying this. U are probably ghanian or the womAn herself using tolu to seem like ure nigerian.

      Indians call both their low and high budget movies alike bollywood. U are suffering from inferiority complex. Why not move to LA so that ur movies can fall into the hollywood umbrella, nonsense.

    • Galivanta

      February 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Furthermore, its like saying Nigeria should change her name in a bid to reform it. Do YOUR job….be the change u want to see in ur movie industry and u strides will be marked. The name is not ur problem. U are sitting there not doing shit yet ure here running ur mouth while ur mates in the industry are atleast putting in effort. Smdh.

    • Eyan

      February 4, 2016 at 12:38 am

      She is very wrong. Is Omotola not from Nollywood and some of the actors in her movie? She cld have have stayed in that america to associate herself with Hollywood. As of today, her bread is being butter by Nollywood. Nosense and Ingridient.

    • Bunmi

      February 12, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Oh please, if you really know your onions, you won’t need to change the name to stand out, rather your work will speak for its self. Nollywood out of its crappiness, paved the way for ingrates like you, who thinks because they are better, they don’t want to be associated with their origin. It is your job to improve the brand. It’s like saying Hollywood should stop going by the name, because the earlier films made by the industry were nonsense. This is the kind of attitude we have to everything in various aspect of our lives, which is why it seems we are stagnant, because people rather than work on what they have, to improve on it, would build clusters around it and then you end up with too much of nothing.

  24. prince

    February 1, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Cant watch the video cos I’m at work so I cant really say anything.

  25. dorkas

    February 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    @Tola I understand Nollywood needs lots of improvement but don’t rubbish what you already have in the name of rebranding. As a new filmmaker, join forces with the older ones, learn from their experiences, appreciate their efforts and notice where they have made mistakes and do better. Whenever I go to the cinema I go straight for the Nollywood movie available and encourage those with me to do the same, because if we don’t support our own who will.

  26. AK

    February 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    All those Kwaw Ansah productions so many years ago (“Heritage Africa”, “Love Brewed in The African Pot” etc), the nineties were amazing with Grace Nortey, Victor Lutherodt, McJordan Amartey, Grace Omaboe, David Dontoh etc. How many people here, claiming that Nollywood paved the way for Ghollywood even know about “Deadly Voyage”?

    NIGERIANS, PLEASE GET SOME THINGS STRAIGHT:
    1. Ghanaians do not hate Nigerians. Heck, some of you have been to Ghana. What is there in Nigeria for us to hate? Seriously?

    2. Nollywood DID NOT pave the way for Ghollywood. There is NAFTI, School of Performing Arts etc. There was a vibrant film and drama industry before problems emerged in the early 2000s. That was when Nigerian movies infiltrated the GH film industry. Why are you not taking credit for our local language movie industry as well? Haba!

    3. Leila Djansi can be caustic. It not reserved for only Nigerians.

    There are aspects of Nigerian life sometimes depicted here that I admire. That is why I come here. NOBODY HATES YOU. This “Nigeria vs the rest of an” envious” and “hatefu” l continent” must stop.

    You can diss my comment. But you guys know that tomorrow it could be the South Africans, Kenyans, Cameroonians etc in your firing line.
    I lie?

    • ThatGhanaChick

      February 1, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thank you! I was just about typing the exact same thing you have typed. Maybe the name Ghollywood was not existing back then but Ghana did have a booming movie industry. Ghanaians crossing over to act in Nigerian movies and vice versa doesn’t mean that we didn’t have a movie industry? I don’t see the need to argue with anyone over this anyway.

      Stick to the issue, it’s about Leila whom most people that have come across attest to her annoying attitude.

      And please Ghanaians don’t hate Nigerians, I have friends that are Nigerians most of whom I met in school. It’s just that most Ghanaians were brought up with a prejudice that Nigerians are criminals/419 etc

    • Daybreak

      February 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      thank u, AK! let’s stick to the issue and stoo making this into ghana vs. naija thing. to d extent someone roped in a whole tribe when Leila isn’t even fante. heck! i just lost my nigerian coursemate to breast cancer and mehn the pain still resonates today. we were just 3 girls in my class and she was such a sweet soul. pls let’s stop this and focus on the issue.

      and yh! Leila can be real caustic

    • Eyan

      February 4, 2016 at 12:45 am

      Leave that thing, una hate us. Maybe the girls love Naija guys. There was a day I made a mistake of going to a Ghanaians’ party with my Ghanaian gf…if you see hatefulness the moment they knew I was a Naija guy. Another ghanaian friend of mine was suprised how wonderful naija boys were during our time in college. He had no choice than to confess that his parents warned him not to roll with Nigerians.

  27. Michael

    February 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hi AK,

    i absolutely understand your comment, but the truth should be told, Nollywood paved the way for Ghallywood and Ghanian actord crossing over to Nollywood to act films will all testify to this e.g likes of Majid and Van Vicker etc.

    You guys might be acting way back as in 1960’s, but it was when Nollywood got established that Ghallywood was least recognize, we brought the recognition to you guys due to our collaboration, this is the sheer truth.

    That being said, we are still Africans, wester africans and neighbours..

  28. Wendy

    February 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    And leila djansi responds with some very valid points on her blog. Stella simply took leila comment wrong. leilasparty.blogspot.ca/2016/02/whats-in-name.html?m=1

  29. AK

    February 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Your opinion. And I respect it.
    Thank you for not resorting to spurious blanket claims about a people in order to make your point. Thank you.

  30. Just walking by....

    February 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    And Stella, she has responded: leilasparty.blogspot.com.ng/2016/02/whats-in-name.html

    Gosh! she’s so rude…..

  31. BeeBee

    February 1, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    The Leila should learn to think before talking or better still, don’t even talk If you cant think!. In every industry, we pray for advancement and development. This is evident in the Nollywood film making industry. The new era is as a result of development and enlightenment, This doesn’t now mean they should be tagged differently. I mean. one of the reason why they can be proud of their works is because when the compare with the past films there is a huge difference. They are building on the foundation already made by the old film makers. It is because of these people, that the new era film makers are inspired to explore and do more.
    In our families, we dont do things the same way our parents did cos we are in a more developed era. So should we now say we cant answer the same surname as our ancestors did??
    Leila is just one of those wanna bes and because of the little recognition her film has, she thinks she can just open her mouth and talk trash! She should calm down and learn from her seniors

  32. Michael

    February 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I read the response, and if you say she is so rude, she was only being rude to herself only, she dared not mention names!

    She acknowledges the fact that Nollywood is big and all movies from Africa are tagged Nollywood, because we are Big and recognize and have made a name for ourselves

  33. Precy

    February 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    That was an heart felt expression Stella! I truly felt your points. At first I was like, y waist time responding to nuisance, attention seeker seeking popularity 2016. It’s too early in the year to start crying for attention. Well I guess that’s just one of her producing strategy for the year. Watch out,you have just given her a movie to produce. Ghollywood! no wonder she’s so gullible.

  34. mykoss

    February 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    99% of Ghana movie is only about sex. Nigeria movie is real educating emotional i mean is a gift from God to you Nigerians but personally me i don’t like the name Nollywood bcos the” wood” have nothing with action. England, Australia, Canada, France didn’t put” Wood” to their Movies Industrie. Only India put this wood and we hear wood everywhere. Please Nigeria you are the beginning so change that wood to show to white peoples or to the world that you are a special one to shine. I don’t think Hollywood consider those wood name. Nigeria Movie Industry you are the best in Africa. What God bless no one can curse it.

    • Puzzles

      February 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      That’s the reason I don’t watch Ghanaian films. They are almost pornographic in nature

  35. timmy

    February 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    chai m rili disapointed in all dese nigerians blabbing dier maf here all in d name of defending dier country…abt dat one dah said she has LIVED in Ghana all her live nd she kn tell dah d hate z real… we tnk u oo shebi ure stil alive. I fink its tym our gov do somfin abt dese nigerians dey re evn mre dan d ghananian population, tke d street of accra 4 instance u wil fink its a place made mainly 4 nigerians dey re evn cheating ghananians in dier own country… we re jst fuckin nyx 2 u guys. if one nigerian visits Ghana 2dae d nxt mnth he wil mke sure he z bring his entire generation wif him cox dey re gettn jobs 2 do nd re faring beta off dan in nigeria… ani news dat we hear abt a robbery case if a nigerian z not part den its not a proper robbery… idnt want 2 swear buh its d bitter truth nigerians mke 70% of ani robbery case… we re evn afraid of u pple in our country coz we knw its either we re buying fake or we re throwing our money away. I was born nd raised n nigeria buh I kn sae d hospitality Ghana z showing u guys z,really too much its so annoyn our gov z not evn doin anifin abt it… m not sayn u guys shuldnt defend ur country buh do its n a nyx wae… not evn talkn abt d amnt of nigerians owning lands nd building houses here….rhubbish!
    we hate nigerians buh dey re stil komn here 4 sch nd businesses mayb u guys enjoy d hate

    • PD Young Billionaire

      February 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      So that’s the reason you can’t write properly?What’s “z”?I m sure you were educated in Ghana.#Gbam

    • Daisy

      February 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Education in Ghana has a better reputation in Nigeria. But you won’t know. Ask those rich folks who send their kids to Schools in Ghana. Duh!!

  36. PD Young Billionaire

    February 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Nice one Stella.God bless u.

  37. Barnice

    February 1, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Hi my brothers and sisters from Nigeria, please don’t take this girl’s comments seriously. She’s obviously very ignorant and pathetic. Stella well done for making this video, you spoke very well and I like the way you ended it. We are all Africans and should be celebrating eachother. That girl needs to learn some sense. Who does she think she is anyway. Such nonsense. We don’t hate you, well I personally don’t. Have got two very good friends from Nigeria and one can hardly tell the difference. Let’s all live in love and harmony. Only by so doing can we be strong. Much love.

  38. LAgurl

    February 2, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Hold on Stella. Let me quote what Leila Djansi said: Every negative connotation associated with nollywood….it’s like calling your child hitler.
    Did she call Nollywood Hitler? she said, it is like, calling your child hitler. you leave your child open to ridicule with that name.
    I got from the documentary she was defending new nollywood practitioners. shes proud of them to even advice them.
    It seems like jealousy led you to this vlog. it’s very unfair. are you denying the fact that `nollywood has a bad name? are you proud of the films you made? can you show your demo reel to casting directors in hollywood? let us tell ourselves the truth. please.
    since you can take another womans husband, you can also do a video to insult a woman.

    • Elvis

      February 2, 2016 at 7:26 am

      @Lagurl, you sound so superficial, myopic and pathetic.

      Nollywood is big, industrious and lucrative and it is very diverse, and for it being diverse, there are numerous and enormous productions be it Low budget movies or High budget movies, this is akin to Hollywood and Bollywood.

      We are telling our stories and the WORLD recognizes us and we are Ofcourse still growing and the name remains Nollywood, people toiled so much to make it to where we are today and there is obvious room for growth and productivity!

      If your movie is good, it will be recognized despite the platform it is coming from.

  39. nene

    February 2, 2016 at 2:37 am

    leila has beef with very actor both nigerians and ghanaians. stella shouldn’t have wasted her time on the woman.

  40. BC

    February 2, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I am glad Stella stood up and said something. Stella, know that Ghanaians literally drove this woman out of the Ghana film industry a few years ago. Running Nollywood and the so called Gollywood down is nothing new for Leila. I think she wished deep down she had Nollywood actors at her beck and call. The way she wanted to boss Genevieve around until homegirl showed her that she could not talk to her anyhow. She wanted the African market to embrace her films they way Nollywood has been embraced and it did not happen so she meekly packed bag and baggage and went back to America. She is maybe surprised and secretly bitter that the same people she looked down upon are the same ones who rejected her. She cannot understand it and it has humbled her. Ranting and putting other people’s hard work down is the only way she can deal with her disappointment. She watches Iroko TV ardently. I can tell you that. Its is jealously, disbelief that people with seemingly so little can accomplish so much, and a desire to be a part of it all…..but she did not make it in the so called jungle and she hates that.

  41. mabel

    February 2, 2016 at 6:59 am

    @LAgirl ‘since you can take another woman’s husband’ that’s the issue here abi? The guy is fruit cake na that was kept in the fridge abi? She took him ko. We are in 2016 nobody she think this way. Yet you hate nollywood. As if it’s not from them you learnt a woman can take another woman’s man like a bag of biscuit. Next you will say it’s juju.

  42. mabel

    February 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

    *should*

  43. timmy

    February 2, 2016 at 8:22 am

    bia PD young billioniare or watever u kal urself 4 ur information oo I was educated in nigeria… do u knw u made a very foolish statement? yes. coz u jst indirectly insulted all ur pple dat re schooling here in Ghana… we tnk u v.much… dese re d kind of pple dat sae trash abt odas buh lil do dey knw where deir future wil lead dem…idnt blame u. ghananians dnt wait 2 mke news out of anifin so am sure one of dose journalist or bloggers ve seen dese nonsense alreadi. veri soon it wil b a trending topic in our news dat nigerians sae ghananians hate dem nd dat z where u wil see d real hate(asif we evn knw hw 2 h8t)… I showed dis piece 2 my nigerian roommate nd she was soo surprised @ d comments she was reading. am not justifyin leila”s action … d funi fin z,dat dose blabbing dier mafs re d ones whu hvnt evn bin 2 Ghana b4… u pple shuld kom ooo kom ns ask ur brodas nd sistas hw kom dere re stil alive upon all d hate?

  44. Kofi

    February 2, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    She criticizes the Ghana film industry all the time. Leila is just a controversial film maker who is not even in the good books of the Ghanaian press. Please don’t make it a Ghana Nigerian thing.

  45. Cynnthia

    February 2, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    They are Nigerians and making names for their country so why would they separate themselves from their mothers and father. Leila is stupid is like a child abandoning their parents after struggling to see them in school for them to better their family they turn their backs on them. Nollywood is Nollywood,,the old actresses and actors pave a way for the new ones. so let her close her mouth if she is looking to be fame is not by dragging peoples hard work to the mud and i will never watch any of her movies. she is just seeking for attention and the person that said Stella is wrong she is one useless human being am sure he/she is ungrateful also

  46. Daisy

    February 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Nigeria better than Ghana? Lololol When we had our independence,you guys were still practicing cannibalism n wearing leaves. Nigerians better than Ghanaians? Double Lololol. In stealing? 419? Looking like masquerades and bleaching yourselves to death? You think you’re God’s gift to Africa because you’re that many forgetting that in Africa the more you are in a Country,the more tribes there is resulting in more confusion like Boko Haram,those Igbo people who want independence etc? Smh! One lady expressed her opinion and you’re all here killing all Ghanaians in your dreams ??? Listen to your comrade up thread who said he lives in Accra n knows Ghanaians are just wary of the average Nigerian because of your criminal reputation which is known world wide! And I’ve not even watched the video yet. Bite me!

  47. timmy

    February 3, 2016 at 7:26 am

    @daisy ayekooo…. medase lol

  48. Fran

    February 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    EyaAaa! Chalies and u come on here to discuss this u guys shldnt take several seats ,u just shld disappear. And tell me why u are not on BellaGhaina hahahahahhahahhahahah una go just get BP kpeme for nothing. On a more serious note my ppl most every tin point to tribal, hate wars my country is better dan urs, we are tired of seeing these scripts playout on SM everyday if leila was white now it will be racism mstcheeeew let’s not forget that be4 these classifications we were first Humans don’t blame a man’s act on his entire family/tribe/state/country.

    • Edith

      February 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Errm your Country isn’t better than any Country unless that Country admires daily bombing of it citizens and massive corruption. But if thinking yours is better than anyone’s makes you feel better about all the depressive news we hear daily from your side of globe,then have a blast (pun intended) and write normal English while you’re at it. Bankyesem are kwa!

  49. Rational

    February 4, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I cannot believe the hullabaloo on this issue. Leila did not compare Nollywood to Hitler in anyway…what she meant was sometimes a name gives people an impression on what to expect and given that traditionally most Nollywood films centred on witchcraft and people being envious, blah, blah blah, the new crop fo Nigerian filmmakers are better off not getting themselves branded “Nollywood”; cos really one would be amazed that people will judge something just by its name or affiliate. It is English people…English and Leila herself put it better in this article ghbase.com/6699-2/

    Everyone including Stella, just take a chill pill.

  50. natha

    February 7, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    nah! no need for all this. never heard of the lady before. you know when i was googling her name i typed in the leila hoping that google will u know show me the option of clicking her full/fool name, but lo and behold absolutely nada! scanned through the whole list. had to go back and cram her hectic surname psttt!!! stressful. and after everything! all i saw was the basic wikipedia and social post. even i have social post on google sans the wikipedia. anyways point is we just made this point the highlight of her career. seems we are boosting your fame. enjoy it while it last ho-ha!. and you are breathtaking haha!

  51. Anonymous

    May 7, 2016 at 6:28 am

    “It just that most Ghanaians were brought up with a prejudice that Nigerian’s are criminals” and YET Ghanaians don’t hate Nigeria? What fuels prejudice? You lots should deal with your inferiority complex!

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