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Emeka Ike Blames Emeka Mba, Africa Magic For Nollywood Woes

Posted: Jul 2, 2016 at 6:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Hazeez Balogun

Actor, Emeka Ike hardly features in Nollywood movies these days. That however does not mean he is no longer influential. He is now more known as a controversial figure who critics the industry.

Just this weekend, he dropped another bombshell. He blames former Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Director General, Emeka Mba who was also the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), for the low turnover the movie industry is making these days. He also blames TV network, Africa Magic for impoverishing Nollywood practitioners.

Ike recounted how Mba allegedly used and dumped movie marketers whom he “deceived” into believing he had good intentions for the industry. “I was invited by some TV stations to be a content provider but I turned them down. I told them I will not be like Emeka Mba. Yes, I can boldly call his name. He messed up this industry.Emeka-Mba-

“You go to buy movies, lie to marketers and producers, telling them something fantastic is coming up. Then, these poor and naive producers felt you were going to be of help. Meanwhile, you collected all our contents for African Magic, and then you became our DG and started arresting these same marketers and locking them in Kuje prison.”

He also claims that Nollywood is no longer controlled by Nigerians. Saying that Africa Magic, a network owned by South African Conglomerate, MultiChoice, now controls the industry.wangi Mba-Uzoukwu

“Today Nollywood belongs to Africa Magic and not Nigerians. The Nollywood you know is Africa Magic right now. That is the address and that is what they want and that is why they will fight me to make sure these things are not revealed. We are about N200m people in the country. Before now, every home watches Nollywood movies but that does not exist anymore. Everybody now wants to buy DSTV cable. Emeka Mba spoilt Nollywood. To whom much is given, much is expected,” Ike lamented.

Aiming his rage at Africa Magic, Ike says “You are making well over N500bn from Nigeria and artists are dying and you are playing it out. Yet you keep making new artists and say there is a new Nollywood going on yet people cannot see between the lines. Please let’s beg these South Africans to do business in Nigeria or pack out. We will go on the streets very soon to request that because they have pushed it too far.

When I talk, they will say Emeke Ike likes trouble, he is just a trouble maker. What is trouble making about doing the right thing? Very soon, they are going to feel my hit. I am a patriotic Nigerian and I make sure whatever I say is for Nigeria and not to destroy Nigeria.”

We reached AfricaMagic and they promise to send a response soon.