Nollywood actors and actresses plus television personalities have encouraged Rwandan youths to join the film industry because it is a career professional that can earn them a living while telling African stories.
This publication got the opportunity to interview a few of them who were in Kigali over the weekend for the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) that took place at Ntare Conference hall at Rusororo on Saturday.
Among them, is a veteran actress, television personality and philanthropists Chinwe Owoh referred to as the big mama of Nollywood. She is popularly known for her ability to cry in most of over 250 movies she has acted
“The industry pays and puts food on your children’s table and the young ones are put off the streets and won’t be out doing illegitimate things since they are kept busy reading their scripts.
In her encouraging words Owoh noted that it keeps them very busy, still brings back money so they should join the film industry and not be discouraged by parents or husbands.
” I joined the film industry as a young girl but my late uncle a professor was the person who encouraged to join the industry, so young Rwandan with the dream to join the industry should do so,” Owoh recommended.
Another actress Christabel Uoegbo renown for her role in movies such as “The Storm of Love” plus “The Local Commando said that young Rwandans should take up the profession because acting is also a career that can earn you a living.
” If they feel like they want to join acting, they should go for their dream and not be downcast. Always believe in yourself, the secret to being a good actress is confidence and working hard on your script to achieve your goals,” she says.
“Rwanda is a beautiful country which is a perfect environment for film production and acting especially for its beauty, hills, and clearness.” Actor Seun Ajayi who was nominated for the award of the best actor for his supporting role in the movie “Ojukokoro” meaning greed also says.
He advised Rwandan filmmakers that to over challenges like finance, they should state from where they are, with what you have. There is a digital democracy that has come to the world.
“Camera’s can fit in pockets and can shoot with high resolution. Technology has now provided us with any options where we now have small cameras that are small can be put in the sky “drone”.” he added.
He further explained that, if four Rwandans what to shoot a film but don’t have a camera that costs $ 1,000 they can combine resources by paying $250 each to buy the equipment. He then asked for those concerned to use film training and education to promote and develop the industry.
Established in 2005, The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is a subsidiary of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition is geared towards research, training and propagating filmmaking in Africa.
It is aimed at facilitating the development and relevance of African film and cinema by providing a reward plus recognition platform for filmmakers on the continent.