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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

WAR BETWEEN SOUTH AFRICAN AND SIERRA LEONEAN MOVIE INDUSTRY: WHO IS THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF SOLLYWOOD?

Jimmy Bangura, Sierra Leonean Producer
In 2010, Sierra Leone producer and director Jimmy Bangura had this to say about the Sierra Leonean movie industry: “In few years, people won’t be talking about Hollywood, Bollywood or Nollywood. People will be talking about Sollywood in Sierra Leone”.
Tiro Venter, South African Producer
The experienced film maker has successfully produced and directed a few movies that have been screened on Africa’s popular television stations like DSTV and MNET. His films have also been screened on Sky Television.  He was also at one time reported to have lured A-List Nollywood actor Ramsey Nouah to partake in a Sollywood movie. He has also reached out to other African countries’ film stars to help grow Sollywood, casting them in roles in his films.
Also for a long while now, there have been questions raised about why the South African film industry has not join the big movie-making business with their own South African stories and movie industry.


But finally in the same year 2010, Actor and Director Tiro Venter and producer) Inda Khumalo, decided to take on the challenge.  They succeeded in making a huge budget movie. To avoid piracy, the movie was available exclusively at www.sollywood.co.za, Hence the creation and registration of South Africa’s Sollywood.
Since then not much has been heard of both film industries, and non has been able to meet or measure up to the standards of Nigeria's Nollywood nor Ghana’s Ghollywood. But the question remains which of these is recognized as the legitimate Sollywood internationally?

 

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