Olaiya Igwe, a veteran Nollywood actor and movie maker, has revealed why he stopped producing films.
‘Aditu Isokan,’ which was pirated in 2008, was the last film Olaiya made before deciding to stop making films. He revealed that he spent N52 million Naira on the film’s production.
“The last time I shot a movie was in 2008, and I worked on it until it was released in 2014. The title was ‘Aditu isokan,’ and the English title was ‘Mystery of Unity.’ My witnesses are Adebayo Salami and Jide Kosoko, and I spent 52 million naira on it.”
He also revealed that after sending the film to the United States for coding in order to prevent piracy, he received a call from Nigeria informing him that it had already been pirated. He also said that he would not make any films unless the government and his fellow producers band together to combat piracy.
“After it was published, I had to take it to America for coding so it couldn’t be pirated,” says the author. The next day, I got a call from Oshodi telling me that it had been pirated.
“Since then, I’ve agreed that I won’t make another film until the government and we, as individuals, are able to combat piracy.”
He did say, however, that he plans to make a film soon because technology has helped to reduce piracy in certain ways.