Nollywood and Gollywood

Source: Alayande Dayo -
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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

up recently.

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

National P.R.O

Actors Guild of Nigeria