The novelty of Nollywood is over, DGN new boss

The novelty of Nollywood is over, DGN new boss

By Sam Anokam


The newly elected president of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) Victor Ohai has given notice that his administration is all about work.

He said this shortly after he was declared the winner of the peaceful election led by Chairman of DGNEC, Barr. Tunji Bamishigbin declared that Ohai won with 110 votes to beat his closest rival Mac Collins Chidebe who scored 45 votes. Yinka Akanbi came third with three votes while Kehinde Soaga took 1 vote.

He said: “I am excited and at the same time, I am humbled by it because it is not about victory but the job ahead. There is quite a lot to be done and it is overwhelming. It is not something to say I am rejoicing about. Of course, we are not unaware of the work to be done and we are prepared. And for the challenges ahead, we have taken time out. I am one of the founders of the guild. We are six that founded it and I am also the first national secretary so I am not unaware of what the original vision is and we intend to steer the guild back to what the original vision is. The director is first among equals and we need to install the dignity of the director in the sector today. So much has happened. The directors’ image is battered. I don’t think not for everyone but largely the respect is no longer there. The recruitment system of directors is faulty. Beyond recruitment, one of the things we are going to be doing is mandatory continuing education. The novelty of Nollywood is over. When we are like animals in the zoo where everybody will be admiring us, it is over. The honeymoon is over. Nobody is going to lower standards for us anymore. You can sit down here and ask why Netflix is not taking our movies again. You either meet the standard or forget it. I understand what these standards are. I have been president of the international juries, renowned film festivals. I have heard films that have qualified for the Oscars. I have worked locally and internationally. I know what the time is and what it takes and I intend to lead my team to take our place firmly in the 21st century as equals on the table with directors from other parts of the guild or as filmmakers.”

Ohai who became the sixth president of the guild succeeding Fred Amata will be working with Tony Akposheri (Vice President), Uchenna Agbo, (National Secretary), Osita Okoli, (Director of Finance), Perkeme Odo, (PRO), Prince Isaac Kolawole, Welfare/Social, Dan Chukwueze, (Provost), who were all returned unopposed.

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