Nollywood gets first French movie

The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, took a leap at the international market with the production of the first French movie, titled Ecole Buissonniere.

Produced by Sandesco productions, the Nigerian-French movie is fully subtitled in English for non French speaking people.

According to Ekwem Ogechi, the movie producer who spoke during a press conference in Abuja, the purpose of the movie is to create employment for French graduates in the country and bridge the gap between French students and the French audience.

“We want people who are French-speaking to understand that what they have learnt so far in school is not a waste. Many have studied and forgotten that they could also put the French they have learnt into practice since government cannot create employment for everyone.

“I love the French language; that is why I came up with this initiative. We have to justify what we read in the university.

“It is all about the introduction of the Nigerian-French theatre to Nigerians. We are looking at Nigerians who have studied French over the years who can produce their own movies,” she said.

The movie has no release date yet.


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  • John650

    Why don’t Mr. Ogechi and his cohorts all move to a French speaking country, or better yet, move to France and make your movies there? Why are our people always selling our own culture short? If the French or French speaking countries are interested in our movies, the producers of the movie should subtitle it in French for non-English speakers, not the other way round. I have travelled around the world to non-English speaking countries and the foreign films shown in these countries, for instance, American, English or French movies are all sub-titiled in the country’s language. If Mr. Ogechi and his friends want to practice their french, they should move to France. Making a movie in a language other than your own is the biggest absurdity I have ever heard.

    Another useless project by a Nigerian who should know better.