Nigerian women in film calls for better structure in Nollywood

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The Inkblot Women In Film (IWIF) has been handle challenges experienced by women in the movie industry in the May version of the IWIF lunch held in Lagos.

Initiated by the Co-founder of Inkblot Productions Zulumoke Oyibo, the IWIF was created to advocate for women’s inclusiveness and impartial access in the Nigerian Film Industry.

With the objective of tackling social, ethical and professional issues surrounding girls in Nollywood, IWIF aims in creating a working environment that is secure and free.

Among the problems discussed in the dinner were intellectual property rights and the way Nigerian creatives aren’t well protected and don’t get the essential credit for their work. It was mentioned that writing is one of the undervalued departments in Nollywood, as authors do not get credited in the promotion of movies and are usually not even mentioned.

“We need to get into a level of professionalism by which individuals are valued and can be easily credited for the work that they do. This isn’t just for bragging rights, but also to make a job portfolio for themselves and their careers” said film producer, Abimbola Craig.

A significant challenge that was brought to the fore was that the insufficient data and lack of structure in the industry.

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According to award-winning actress Kehinde Bankole, “The very initial solution to the significant challenges being first in the sector is access to information. There ought to be a ready area where people are able to get advice and be educated concerning the goings-on of the industry and the various resources available to filmmakers and actors. There should also be informed of how people can get coaching to enhance their craft and advance their careers”

Nevertheless, in the vein of access to info, IWIF convener Zulumoke Oyibo added it is hard for investors to put money into the business since there’s not any structure. “Oftentimes, investors do not have data and cannot understand the numbers to tell whether a film project is going to be a viable investment or not. This makes it tough for filmmakers to access financing”.

Actor, producer and series host Eku Edewor believes that a lack of transparency is a big offender,” unlike Hollywood such as where the movie’s budget is published and how much the film makes is also released for all to see. So people are able to tell whether the movie is successful or a flop. Talents’ fees are also known for the most part and in this manner, creatives are paid well for their job.” She shared.

It was reiterated that a fantastic method for Nollywood to mitigate this would be to welcome a standard/union degree fee structure as can be practised in some other movie industries in different areas of the earth. The belief is when there’s no secrecy concerning the fees which people are paid in the industry, people will not be rapidly changed as everybody has an idea just how much should be paid and how much manufacturing makes or does not make. A construction that caters to what everybody ought to be eligible for based on experience and experience, irrespective of sex, considering that women have often been paid less than their male counterparts.

 

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