Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nollywood Movie: 'Anniversary' Producer GREGORY ONUDA Urges General Buhari To Assist In Eradicating Piracy

Gregory Onuda is the CEO of OGPLUS International Films. A top Nollywood producer, Gregory who is reputed for such great flicks as  "Sasha", "The Living Ghost", "Scam" and his recent work, "Anniversary", is a member of  AMP (Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria). In a couple of weeks time, Gregory is set to premiere his much talked about, high definition romantic drama movie, titled "Anniversary" directed by prolific film maker, Afe Olumowe. During the interview, Gregory speaks more about the movie, the industry and particularly how the president-elect, General Buhari has a major task of bringing his much touted 'change' to bear in Nollywood. 


May we meet you?

My name is Gregory Onuda. I hail from Edo State and I am a movie producer. I have a couple of movies to my credit, for example "Sasha", "The Living Ghost", "Scam" and "Anniversary" which Is my most recent movie. We are hoping to show the movie "Anniversary" in the cinemas across the country and beyond because we utilized state-of-the-art equipment, high grade casts, good locations in shooting the movie. It's a very big project and I have to say it cost us a lot to achieve and I'm very optimistic it will appeal to a wider audience. 

How much did it cost you?

It cost us quite a lot, in monetary terms and man power.

Many Producers seem to be eyeing the Cinemas lately, but despite the Cinema trend, you still find producers complaining about piracy, why is that so?

As a matter of fact, that's one of the challenges we've been facing for years now. This has become a common fear in the minds of producers because you don't want to put so much into a movie and at the end of the day, some hoodlums or heartless set of people will try to frustrate your effort. We just have to look for a way to curb this menace in our society. We also hope the incoming government can help in this regard.

Do you think government is trying for Nollywood, particularly do you think that the outgoing administration did something tangible for the industry despite all the Aso-Rock visits by members of AGN/AMP?

In the past we didn't really feel government attention. But with due respect to the outgoing administration and in all honesty, a lot has been done to assist the industry.  One of the outgoing administration is the Project ACT Nollywood initiative which was created to support producers with funds to produce movies. Some producers benefited from the said  initiative and hopefully that could help to better the quality of movies in the coming years. The incoming administration needs to take a cue from this great initiative. Most important of all, I would like to use this medium to challenge the president elect, General Buhari to look closely into the possibility of assisting Nollywood to fight piracy which has badly affected the industry.

Really, how will President Buhari do that?

It should be easy if the government sees it as a priority. Nollywood has done a lot to project a good image for Nigeria and I think it makes a lot of sense if the government gives Nollywood the attention and support it deserves. Take a look at the amazing things we are doing with the little we have. All that Nollywood needs is a government that is committed to improving the industry. 

Tell us about your new movie, Anniversary?

Anniversary is a story about a man who pretends to be the perfect husband, an honest man and everybody saw him like that. Even his wife could bet her life for his 'uprightness'. But the events that unfolded in the course of the movie will keep you glued to your seats. More than 50% of all spouses are victims of infidelity, which means that one spouse in most marriages will suffer the greatest marital pain  possible. Infidelity can shatter even the strongest relationship, leaving behind feelings of betrayal, guilt, and anger. This is a very touching story and worth your time and money for your ticket and popcorn. The movie features top Nollywood actors like Gideon Okeke, Ebube Nwagbo, zynell lydia zuh, Elikem kumordzi, Juliet Ibrahim and her sister, Sonia Ibrahim and a host of others. Anniversary will be premiered in a couple of weeks from now in Ghana, Nigeria, Europe and America. 

It's been nice talking to you Mr. Onuda, so what should we expect from now?

It's my pleasure. Please expect the premiere in a couple of weeks. We are premiering in Ghana, Nigeria, the U.K and U.S. I'll definitely keep you posted. Thanks so much for having me.

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