The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, and its Ghanaian counterpart, Ghollywood (… i have no idea how they come up with these names either), have been at peace with each other and collaborating on projects for a while now. However this is set to change according to Ghana MMA’s reports that The Film, Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) have decided to ban Ghanaian movies from being sold on Nigeria.
Uzo Godson Nwosu, the Onitsha branch of FVPMAN, disclosed that the decision to stand in the way of people marketing Ghanaian movies was reached during a meeting of the association which took place recently in Onitsha.
This move is some sort of retaliation after the Ghanaian’s allegedly banned Nigerian movies from being marketed in their country, Ugo Nwosu had this to say about their decision; “Starting from the first week of August, no Ghanaian film will be allowed to enter the Nigerian market again. We have resolved that no Ghanaian film will be distributed within our controlled market. Our Ghanaian counterparts have long stopped distributing our films in their country, and given this development, we have no choice than to reciprocate the gesture.”
How exactly do they plan to execute this in a country with millions of people and probably thousands of marketers? well Ugo Nwosu mentioned that there are plans to prosecute and most likely seize the goods of any member found to go against this new rule of the association so maybe this might reduce the number of people marketing Ghanaian movies.
It doesn’t end there as its also reported that the Film, Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) is working on getting to local television stations in Ghana which are airing Nigerian films without permission from the right owners.
Lets know what you think of this move by the association, do you see reprisals from the Ghanaian Movie industry or no response at all…