Nollywood and Gollywood
The Ghana Actors' Guild, (GAG)and Actors Guild of Nigeria, (AGN) signed a
memorandum of understanding on Thursday, 14 July 2011 to end the much speculated
controversy on working relationships between Nollywood and Gollywood that came
The signing ceremony was conducted in the conference room, Ministry of Chietancy
and Culture, Accra Ghana by the two Presidents respectfully.
The Host President, Sam Nii Odoi Mensah of Ghana Actors Guild, could not hide
his joy and happiness as he openly confessed to pressmen that it was one of the
greatest moments of his life and major milestone achievements of his
administration. Also his counter Mr. Segun Arinze Aina, President Actors Guild
of Nigeria bared his mind on the new development, as he asked their detractors
to leave them alone and let them concentrate on their creative work.
Part of the twenty-two paragraphed MOU, is to provide conducive working
environment, protect the interest and cater for the welfare of the Actor between
the two countries.
Also Actors are to obtain Production Information Form, PIF, before leaving their
country to work in either of the two countries.
No payment of money and or work permit was included in the MOU but members were
mandated to get clearance from their home Guild.
It was earlier speculated that both Ghana and Nigeria introduced stiff
conditions for Actors and Producers who come to work in their respective
The two Guilds equally agreed to jointly embark on some developmental projects
such as, trainings, seminars, symposia, productions, sourcing of funds and
organize other socio cultural activities.
The MOU which takes effect from thursday, 14 July 2011 was witnessed by key
Executive members of AGN, including Messrs, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, National
Sectretary and Abubakar S. Yakubu, National PRO, as well as all Exco members of
GAG and notable actors in Gollywood.
It is hoped that with the coming together of the Actors from both countries,
other practitioners such as Producers, marketers/distributors would take a cue
and resolve all contentious issues amongst them so as to create a healthy and
mutually beneficial working relationship aimed at developing the motion picture
industry in the sub region.
Abubakar Sanusi Yakubu
Actors Guild of Nigeria