Popular Nollywood actor and lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot has called for the Federal Government to place a ban on foreign films.
The actor made the remarks during an interview with HipTV while speaking on the current situation of the country’s movie industry and on how he thinks it can be improved.
“The Federal Government needs to consciously and intentionally focus on improving this industry. Treat it like you’re importing rice, ban all foreign content, make it difficult for all foreign content to come in, so the local content can grow,” he said.
“And then, you need to support (financially) the music industry, you need to support the film industry… even the comic industry as well…”
Although in the interview the actor also highlighted the imminent challenges in Nollywood, his comments calling for the ban appeared to have taken centre stage.
While some Nigerians have seen meaning in his proposal, some others have disagreed with the 45-year-old.
Some online users have claimed that a ban could actually be the needed push the local industry needed to sprout while some outrightly condemned it, stating that it would cripple an already fragile economy.