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Omotola Jalade Ekeinde

Actress Omotola describes Leila’s comments as disrespectful

Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has registered her displeasure about the comments made by Leila Djansi describing it as disrespectful.

US-based Ghanaian movie director, Leila Djansi suggested in a documentary that, “I don’t think those people; this crop of filmmakers shouldn’t be put under the umbrella of Nollywood. They should be put under independent film producers because the name carries a lot. If you start tagging it Nollywood, every negative connotation that comes with Nollywood affects you, it is like calling your son ‘Hitler’.”

In an interview with an Accra-based radio station, actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde said Leila’s comments are in bad taste and attribute it poor choice of words.

“It was sent to me by another film maker, I am not very sure of when that was recorded but I saw some clips of what she said and I just felt it was very disrespectful, she might have meant something else maybe or she just did not express herself with the right choice of words.”

Omotola is not the only one who has come out publicly to react to Leila’s comments, but popular stars including Stella Damasus and Kate Henshaw has all expressed same sentiments about her comments.

She noted that “Nigerians are very unhappy about it and that’s why I have advised her to apologise especially for somebody who constantly works with Nollywood actors.”

Nollywood is the second biggest film producer in the world. The film industry is now priced at $5 billion and makes more films than Hollywood in the U.S.

The actress, who featured in Leila’s movie, ‘Ties That Bind’, believes that Nollywood is the biggest movie industry in Africa and therefore, no one can go against them irrespective of however they feel.

“As a film-maker, if you feel like somethings are not right, what you ought to do is to correct that with your work.”

The actress and reality TV star added that, “You did not start Nollywood and you can’t end it. It’s just as simple as that.”

She celebrated her 38th birthday in Ghana on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

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