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“This is really idiotic to say the least” – Actor Femi Branch on a Video about Nollywood made during Mark Zuckerburg’s Visit to Nigeria

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Nollywood actor Femi Branch is not happy about a seeming misrepresentation of Nollywood that happened during Mark Zuckerburg’s visit to Nigeria.

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During the visit, the Facebook CEO met with a couple of Nollywood stars like Rita Dominic, Stephanie Linus, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Mildred Okwo and Kunle Afolayan, however in a video that was posted on social media about the visit, some of the faces you can spot are not those of movie stars. Instead, the video had comedian Basketmouth, singers Yemi Alade and Chidinma, DJ Cuppy and more.

While on his visit to Nigeria, Mark visited AfriNolly Studios which is where the video was recorded.

Talking about the video, Femi Branch said on Instagram “Was really pissed off at the way we misrepresent ourselves to foreigners sometimes. Imagine this fellow saying Here we have all the major Artistes”?????  Seriously?!?! These are all the major stars in Nollywood?!?! And are Yemi Alade, Chidinma, Basketmouth and Co Nollywood Artistes?!?! This is really idiotic to say the least!!!”

Watch the clip below.

In another post on his page, Femi Branch addresses his comment saying:

Abeg my lovely people, try and read my posts and understand my words and meanings before penning comments on them. Nollywood means the Nigerian Movie industry, which comprises all screen Actors and practitioners in Nigeria. It does not mean the Nigerian Entertainment industry, which Nollywood itself belongs to. We should be more careful when presenting such vital information to foreigners so they don’t leave confused. This is my humble submission o. God bless u all and have a fantabuloustic weekend!

Click here if you missed the day Mark Zuckerburg hung out with the celebrities in Lagos.

25 Comments

  1. Bimbo

    September 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Why is this one always so angry? Go and sit down abeg – is Richard more damijo not one of the biggest actors in Nollywood? How are you sure it’s only the people 8n the picture he met? How do you know there was any misrepresentation? Maybe zuckerberg himself made the omission since it’s not like he can differentiate Nollywood actors from nigerian singers! Above all what is the big deal?

    • TO FEMI BRANCH

      October 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      I DON’T KNOW WHETHER IT IS THE SUN THAT IS GIVING MANY NIGERIANS LOW IQ????

      It is a fact that Nigerians don’t read, as much, anymore!
      COMPREHENSION is a problem!

      THE VISITOR SAID:
      Visited Nollywood,
      Crashed a hip hop music video,
      Met SOME of Nigeria’s biggest Stars.

      1.This does not in any way allude to Nollywood being anything more than it is – the Nigerian movie industry… the COMMA between ‘Nollywood’ and ‘Crashed a hip hop music video’ indicates a separation between ‘Nollywood’ and ‘the Music Industry’!!! WHERE IS YOUR COMPREHENSION SKILL???
      2. Crashing a hip hop video does not mean he is still talking about movies… he has moved on to music!
      3. When he says he met SOME of Nigeria’s biggest stars – he means he met ‘SOME’ and not ‘ALL’ of the stars [in movies and music]

      #Stephanie Okereke is one of the Biggest Nollywood stars [recognised not just in Nigeria/Africa, but also in Europe and US where she has recieved an award from the QUEEN, and acted in the US — THAT IS A BIG STAR – An International Star*

      #RMD is also one of the biggest stars in Nigeria – are you going to labour that fact, Mr Femi Branch????

      # Are you also going to argue whether Rita Domnic is one of the biggest stars in Nigeria?

      #Are you also going to touch Kunle Afolayan [THE GREAT]]?????

      #Will you also argue that you don’t realize Basket mouth+Yemi Alade [KNOWN ALL OVER AFRICA, AND IS CURRENTLY IN AN AD ALONG WITH JENNIFER HUDSON AND PIXIE LOTT etc – and. showing everywhere including Time Square New York … I saw the ad in London!!!]

      #REMEMBER HE SAID ‘some of the biggest Nigerian stars’ AND NOT ‘all of the biggest movie stars’ OR ‘all of the biggest music stars and comedians’!

      IS IT THE SUN THAT MAKES OUR PEOPLE SO violently aggressive?!!!?… OR IS IT AN IN-BORN INFERIORITY COMPLEX – or are you just selfish and jealous?????????????????????

      Why the ‘IDIOTIC’ comment? If its PRIMITIVE HOUR, and you must go there, THEN THE ONLY IDIOTIC THING HERE IS YOUR LOW-QUALITY BEHAVIOUR…. as well as your apparent low IQ! It seems PROFOUNDLY PARADOXICAL that an African THAT GOES BY THE REAL/STAGE[?] NAME ‘BRANCH’ would think so little of any other living creature!

      Go back to your primary school, and re-take your classes in COMPREHENSION***

    • TO FEMI BRANCH

      October 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      INCIDENTALLY, MR FEMI BRANCH, YOU ARE NOT KNOWN OUTSIDE YOUR REGIONAL INDUSTRY – YOU ARE NOT A RECOGNIZABLE Nigerian movie/or/music star…. Without having seen this article, I could not have known whether you are an actor or a musician…I hadn’t heard of you till now… unlike YEMI/OMAWUNMI/WAJE who are KNOWN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY…

      or AY/ ELENU/ PRINCESS also KNOWN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY…

      or OMOTOLA J.E./FUNKE .A/MERCY A.G/BIMBO .A./UNCLE OLU .J/AUNTY JOKE. S/RAMSEY .N/SOLA .S/ and ofcourse THE MOST PROLIFIC ODUNLADE ADEKOLA *** WHO ARE EQUALLY KNOWN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY…

      you are only known – probably in the Yoruba entertainment industy – AS SUCH, IT WAS VERY FITTING YOU WERE NOT IN THE CIRCLE OF INTERNATIONAL STARS IN THE SAID OUTING***

      Work harder, and stop being vulgar [with insult, I mean]!

    • TO FEMI BRANCH

      October 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      OMG – Did I forget KSA/ K1/ EBENEZER O/ KOLINGTON/ DAVIDO/WIZKID/ etc. and of course, my personal favorite – THE ONE AND ONLY SIR SHINA PETERS!!!

      As already said, go and work hard, and stop whining, whinging, moaning, and groaning***

  2. stefini

    September 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Can he just take a chill pill,don’t see what this rant is about……pfttttttttttttttt not relevant at all…

  3. Mia

    September 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Na wa o… serious things like the rising cost of living, rising crime rates and terrible exchange rates are happening around us, but this is what he’s spending time and energy on. He should kindly shift.

  4. Spunky

    September 15, 2016 at 11:35 am

    E pain you?!

  5. lily

    September 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Mschewwwwwwwww

    • lily

      September 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      First, this guy seems to have been sleeping under a rock. Second, we have moved on from this sinceeee. Third, baseless rant. Lmao.

  6. Tchidi Jollyman

    September 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Where were you when Mark Zuckerberg came? You should have been there so that your face will appear in the picture!

    • Chy

      September 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Hahahahahhahahah,you are bad.No mind am

  7. Lulu

    September 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Y’all should calm down and actually see where he’s coming from. The people in entertainment are not Nollywood. DJ Cuppy omo kekere what does she know about Nollywood. Even Illbliss, Yemi Alade, where dey from come? The big man in blue now made it worse by saying “These are ALL the major acts in Nollywood”. Haba ja ma! It’s actually really misrepresentation. #Fact

  8. Kosi

    September 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I get where he’s coming from, though his anger is misplaced. The only person in the wrong here is that guy in blue who said ” here are all the major people “.

  9. Hamada

    September 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    But why is it that Nigerians don’t like to hear the truth? Why are we so quick to chastise people who give valid opinions because they are not as rich or fashionable or “classy” as the ones they criticize and immediately label them jealous? Is this not why Nigeria is in this mess we are today? When people are afraid to talk and say things for fear of being labeled jealous, Ranters, wailers, jobless etc… What are we turning to? One minute we say we want transparency next minute we shout down ppl with alternative opinions and side with mediocrity. I feel so sorry for this country.
    Femi branch, I understand your point very clearly.
    I’m embarrassed for these silly stars. The way they were introduced is even appalling. From the pics I thought it was some kind of dinner… To see they were all waiting for him a t a studio and he just walked in , they all started acting up, he took pictures and left is really shocking esp seeing an RMD in this setup. RMD has been lowering his standards a lot to just quickly fit back into Nollywood after his political mess. As for Rita domnic I’m not surprised . Anything to reach Omotola and genny’s level . The rest are kids really. Even with jidenna’s visit, there was more honor in meeting his colleagues.

  10. Jessy

    September 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Time wasters!

  11. Felinda

    September 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Mark is such a humble TRIllionaire, But i guess most white rich folks are

    Its only negroes who always want to show off

    • Felinda is a twat

      September 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      U’re an idiot for refering to your own kind in such a demeaning manner. Bloody fool

    • Ello Bae

      September 15, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Felinda is a big twat!!

    • Anon

      September 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      In this day and age you are using the word negroes? If someone calls you a negro, how will you like it?

  12. Mannie

    September 15, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I think Femi makes an important point that shouldn’t be glossed over so quickly. It is important to avoid misrepresentation of our identity and culture. Watching many US tv shows, it is easy to see how Nigeria(ns) is poorly misrepresented. (For instance, in an episode of Survivors’ Remorse, it was expressed that Efik people practice FGM; to the point that an actor acting as a “Nigerian” was defending it as her culture. I was livid because that is not true -at least in recent times. I should know because I am in part, Efik).

    Also I understand that the information from the video could have been taken out of context; especially with the “all our major artists” bit. Nonetheless, we should applaud every stance made to clarify who we are to the world. Maybe that can help spread a better representation of Nigeria beyond the rhetoric of being “Fantastically corrupt”.

  13. That-I-May-Fly

    September 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    What’s wrong with this attention seeking man? Just wants to rant for the heck of it. Someone please find him a movie part already. He clearly needs to get busy.

  14. Mark

    September 15, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    What a poor lost child! Aren’t there Nollywood actors there? Was the entire picture without a single nollywood representation? Why do we constantly let pettiness get in the way of a good thing? This is just a whining of an old actor. Don’t be bitter mate. Be appreciative. We’ve come a long way. Your insanity can’t hold us back! Best believe!

  15. Mannie

    September 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Dear BN,

    Please can you clearly state what your house rules are? I do not understand why my post was deleted. There was nothing defaming, insulting or vulgar in my post. All I mentioned was a reason to understand Femi’s point of view. I am very confused and disappointed.

  16. happygogirl

    September 15, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    He made a very valid point please, calling him names is unnecessary, am sure if it were some other nollywood star who is more popular and has more fans, many would agree with him, that crowd was nigerian entertainers nollywood.

  17. Mscheeew

    September 18, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Abeg go and sit down….

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