We all agree Nollywood is not what it used to be in quality. The game has changed.

This statement from the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has now validated the observation.

They have rated highly, the quality of Nollywood movies they verified and classified in 2017.

The Executive Director of the board, Mr Adedayo Thomas, in a retrospective look into the past year, noted that many Nollywood producers have now given quality of production a top priority and had enhanced marketing and distribution.

“Observation on recent trends in the industry shows that the new Nollywood producers have improved on the quality of content and are now competing with foreign movies in cinemas.

“This goes to say that the new Nollywood has come of age as 67 Nigerian movies were premiered in cinemas across the country in 2017,” he said.

Thomas said that during the period, the board adjudged the content quality of indigenous language movies better than those in English language.

He noted with dismay that English movies received by the board had continued to decline with Yoruba and Hausa movies becoming major sub-markets by sheer volume of products, size of audience and pedigree.

“Their story lines are more socially-relevant, the plots are more engaging and the interpretation of roles more mature than home videos in English.

“This is especially true of Yoruba movies with rich tradition that goes back in time long before Nollywood,” he said.

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