The Bayelsa state government organized a symposium last week, aimed at promoting movies in Izon and other indigenous languages in Nigeria, which had The Deputy Governor Gboribiogha John Jonah representing The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson. At the symposium, the guests were informed of the government’s interes in the project and determination to support the rich heritage of the Izon race.
According to Channelstv, the symposium was held in Yenagoa-Bayelsa attracted a number of familiar faces in the Nigerian movie industry such as Olu Jacobs and Hılda Dokubo who had some words to share in support of this move by Bayelsa state government.
The deputy governor Gboribiogha John Jonah reiterated the need for students to be able to read and write the Ijaw language ın schools as this would foster their plan. He said; “When we can produce students that will be proficient in writing in our language then they can actually act in the language. They must be able to read and write in the language before they are able to act.”
Olu Jacobs reminded those present at the symposium the existence of other Nollywood “sectors”. The veteran actor asked; “There are already Hausa language movies, Igbo language movies, why should there not be Ijaw language movies,”
He went on on to cite one of the importance of not producing every movie in English; “English is not our language. It is our joy; it is our pride to use our language to communicate. The power, the joy and love in that language will be lost when you translate it,” he said.
While the Ijaws are gearing to start producing their own movies, you have to consider the fact that the Hausa movies produced in Nigeria are not getting as much hype as the Igbo or Yoruba movies which begs the question; is it all about making your own movies or being able to deliver and being able to get people to actually watch it????