Despite the directive issued by the National President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, some Nollywoodpractitioners are still shooting in remote areas in the South-east zone of the country.
In July, Mr Rollas instructed all Nollywood actors to avoid going to the outskirts of cities to film unless full security cover is provided to ensure their safety.
Mr Rollas said he was worried about the high insecurity rate in the South-east region.
He gave the directive after two prominent actors, Cynthia Okereke and Clemson Cornel, aka Agbogidi, were kidnapped when returning from a film location.
The actors were reported missing on 28 July after their family members confirmed they didn’t return home from a film location at Ozalla Town, Enugu State.
The abductors contacted their families, demanding $100,000 as ransom. They would later mock AGN for raising a paltry N1.2 million as a ransom for their release.
They were later released after spending ten days in captivity.
The show goes on
In the latest development, the Chairperson of the Enugu State Chapter of AGN, Ene Brown, said that some producers have refused to halt film productions.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Brown said that some filmmakers have invested so much, especially in logistics for their productions and are not ready to halt for any reason.
“When we reached out to some of them, they said they have already paid for the equipment for a specified period. They have also spent more on the cast and crew.