The founder of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, has said that piracy played a huge role in the success of Nollywood.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Anyiam-Osigwe said movie pirates are sophisticated in their activities and even have a distribution network, which most Nigerian filmmakers lack. According to her:
“There is no distribution plan by filmmakers for their films but pirates have.
“Piracy will never go away. It is even what made Nollywood films popular”.
She said that although filmmakers now make money from digital platforms, DVD and VCD are still viable means of revenue in Africa.
According to Anyiam-Osigwe, the distribution of movies by African filmmakers will be discussed at a business roundtable preceding the AMAA awards billed to take place in Rwanda.
She said aside from handing out awards, AMAA has trained over 10,000 filmmakers in Africa.
Speaking on the perceived marginalisation of Nigerian filmmakers in AMAA, she said it is up to the jury members to determine the best films on the continent.
She stated that there are three Nigerians including Steve Ayorinde, Lagos state commissioner for tourism, arts and culture, on the AMAA jury.
“If they are not able to defend Nigerian films and get them nominated, then something is wrong”.
She further appealed to Nigerian filmmakers to produce movies with a global audience in mind.