There is an ongoing war of words among members of the Idoma movie industry, otherwise known as Idoma-Nolly-wood (Idomawood?). The war, VillageCorner gathered broke out over the week when one of its top members, Godwin Ochola of the St. Godwin Media outfit gladly informed his teeming fans and colleagues via their Facebook fanpage (Face of IdomaCelebrity) that one of the Idoma movies was being aired on Africa Magic.
Apparently angered by the post, top movie director, Sunny Okwori of the Eftown Production countered his supposed goodnews.
Okowri said, “Guyz y r u jubilating? Africa Magic wil buy d right of d movie very cheap, dat wil nt cover ur cost of productn. They wil nt pay royalty. Idoma peeps wil subscribe monthly and watch as many idoma movies as they like every day, so who is going 2 buy d once u wil release 2 d market? u guyz wil hv ur popularity alright but a cheap one at dat cos u wil never hv anytin 2 show. Go n ask wht kild Nollywood? They re 2 stop Nollywood 4rm cablè n we r here celebrating Idoma film on cable. As far as am concern, who ever did it just buried Idoma film Industry.
Reacting to Okwori’s comment, Ihotu crooner, Ibrozano Adams said, @ Soni okwori, you are a thoroughbred professional who know what’s best, am so proud of you. Pls let join forces & make the best of every opportunity, it is not about anybody but about Idoma land.
The ‘war’ took another dimension when Lagos-based director, John Agada (Manex) publicly asked Okwori to tell the people what he’d done to promote the ‘baby’ movie industry.
Agada, who recently organized Miss North Central Beauty Pageant, averred that he never expected such comment from a respected filmmaker like Okwori.
Another Janet Odoh did not fail to express her disappointment over the outburst from a supposed pillar like Okwori.
Jane said, “Idoma nollywood is not diff from the Igbo, yoruba n hausa movies, r there not selling, let’s call a spair a spair, we the so call directors n producer killed Idoma movies long time ago when we brought in betrayers hatred n greed, so if somebody is trying to bring it back all we have to do is to encourage the person.
Still unmoved by the ‘bullets’ from his colleagues, Okwori in his reply to their comments said, “I shld blve dat some of us r stil myopic in d know of d biz bhind movie making. If u hv produced a home video, u wil knw wht am talkin abt. D oda industries hv dea movies dere bcos they are established. If u r current u wil knw dat Nollywood his fighting 2 get her content off d cable. I wnt us 2 b objective in our reasonin pls.
When VillageCorner contacted Okwori, he said that the Idoma movie industry was not yet ripe to go on air.
According to him, the industry needs to be stabilized before such move.
He lamented that those who don’t even know anything about movie production were giving him public knocks.
Efforts to reach St. Godwin Ochola were fruitless as the Abuja-based moviemaker refused to pick his calls.