- Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has described Leila Djansi's 'Hitler' comment as disrespectful to most Nigerians
- The actress believes Leila Djansi did not express herself with the right choice of words
- Omotola insists that Nollywood is the biggest movie industry in Africa and therefore no one can go against it, irrespective of however they feel.
- TV reality show, 'Omotola: The Real Me' Season 2 kicks off in April with more spotlight on family this season.
Nollywood star actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has described Ghanaian filmmaker, Leila Djansi’s recent association of Nollywood with ‘Hitler’ as disrespectful.
The Nigerian actress who is currently in Ghana for a number of activities including the shooting of her Glitz Africa magazine cover story as well as a content showcase in Ghana, felt Ms Djansi’ comments were in bad taste and said that Nigerians are really offended by them.
Leila Djansi said 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’.”
According to actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde who spoke to Hitz Entertainment news, Leila did not express herself with the right choice of words.
“It (the video) 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. 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.”
According to Omotola who featured in Leila Djansi's movie, ‘Ties That Bind’, 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. You did not start Nollywood and you can’t end it. It’s just as simple as that,”added.
Meanwhile, Omotola who was the special guest at the iFactory Live and GOtv content showcase in Accra on Monday, February 8 disclosed that she would not act in certain Nollywood movies because their quality is not what she wants to be associated with. She revealed that actors are usually paid a lot of money for such low standard movies compared to the more cinematic films, but she had made the difficult decision to go for quality over money.
Watch excerpts of her interaction with Ghana media below:
The content showcase also launched iFactory Live’s seasons offering of new Pan African, new and returning content, commencing in April, which includes the return of Omotola; The Real Me, Season 2. Omotola also confirmed that the new season focuses more on her family including her son Captain E’s chronicles in the music industry, her daughter love for fashion as well as more spotlight on her often private husband.