The Nigerian movie industry, fondly referred to as Nollywood is reaching beyond entertainement to other fields like politics, humanitarian services and others. The industry is currently collaborating with relevant stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking.
It has been recognised by the National Agency for Prohibition In Persons, NAPTIP, and other agencies like EXIT, UNODC as a medium through which the aim of the campaign against human trafficking can be achieved.
At the NAWA Festival which was organised during the week in Abuja, Ms Joana Adesuwa, the founder of EXIT, said the body is looking forward to see how filmmakers in Nigeria would work with those in Europe and other countries, so that shooting films outside the country would not involve human trafficking.
In response, film-maker Lancelot Imasuen said before now, nollywood was purely an entrepreneurial industry, where profit-making was the only concern, but stated that presently, it has gotten to a level that certain issues in the country have to be addressed through movies.
According to him,“Just the way a preacher stands on the pulpit to preach, films are now being used to pass across messages in politically-related issues and human trafficking, since nollywood films have always been known for their messages, that good triumphs over evil.”
Another film-maker, Isong Ubong Awah, stressed the need for the government to do something about the issue rather than rely on international donors to fund the projects. “In making realistic movies, the government is expected to support filmmakers because we do not have enough resources,” she added.