Popular Nollywood actor, #RamseyNoah has appealed to the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for cinemas to thrive across the country.
Noah stated this on the sideline of the ongoing Tozali African Fashion and Cultural Week in Abuja.
He said that more cinemas would attract more viewers and motivate film makers to inject indigenous content.
“I will like the Federal Government to create enabling environment for cinemas to be established in all parts of the country.
`’The cost of obtaining license should be reduce to encourage more people to go into cinema operation; this is because the demand for local contents in cinema is quite high. “When that is achieved, we the practitioners will then create demand, raise funds and create quality indigenous contents that will attract many to the cinemas.
“If we have more cinemas in the country, it will also provide opportunity for more Nigerians to watch movies of their choice,’’ Noah said.
He explained that it was a good thing that Nollywood had contents that could be consumed globally, stressing that the contents transient language, culture and traditional barriers.
He, however, stressed that some Nollywood movies did not currently have enough content but with more cinemas, film makers would be encouraged to begin to inject quality local contents in their movies.
On piracy, the Nollywood star said that pirates were encroaching into the industry and that it was affecting film makers, producers and actors in many ways.
Noah who also spoke on his achievements in the movie industry said, “ it is great and overwhelming; I did not envisage fame and success at the beginning of my career in Nollywood. “However, it feels good to see that you are in a position in the industry where you are respected and leave a legacy behind.