Genevieve: I did not describe Nollywood as “bland and mediocre”
One of the leading Nollywood actress and singer Genevieve Nnaji has refuted claims that she dissed the Nigerian film industry in her latest interview with THE PUNCH.
She denied describing Nollywood as a “bland and mediocre” industry, saying that the interviewer must obviously have made up such words..
Nnaji said that those words were not spoken by her.
Responding to the reports via Twitter, she said, “I never called my industry bland and mediocre. Truth or not, they were NOT MY WORDS. As a person/writer, you can “assume” what you like about my thought process but DO not project those thoughts as “quotes” by me.”
She added that it was distasteful, insensitive as well as unprofessional; and that she was a product of Nigerian film industry and her loyalty to the industry remained unshaken.
She also announced her support for the `New Nollywood' where quality is given more importance than quantity. She stressed that she was among those who advocate for the improvement of the industry, adding that she was in support of films and shows that a lot of creativity and professionalism.
Genevieve Nnaji, who entered the film industry of Nigeria with the Movie “Most Wanted” in 1998, also said she would take retirement from acting when she would become too old and weary to continue.
Nnaji, an A-lister in the industry, is unarguably one of the most talented and admirable in the industry.