Kanayo O. Kanayo, the veteran actor from Nollywood, has issued a cautionary message to filmmakers regarding misleading dressing and makeup in movies. In a video posted on his Instagram page on Tuesday, Kanayo expressed his concern that many filmmakers do not align with movie costumiers.
In the caption of the video, he highlighted that some Nollywood producers prioritize creating visually appealing pictures at the expense of realism. He emphasized that filmmaking plays a significant role in shaping the culture and tradition of the people and should be handled responsibly.
Kanayo pointed out instances where characters in movies are portrayed in unrealistic outfits and makeup, not aligning with their real-life counterparts.
He questioned the authenticity of a man fully dressed while resting at home or a woman cooking with full makeup on. He also mentioned that many ladies are shown sleeping with their wigs and full facial foundation, which he found implausible.
The actor emphasized the importance of being realistic in the images created by filmmakers. He revealed that part of his PhD dissertation focused on “The role of Nollywood in shaping and sustaining a Nigerian culture identity.” He believes that by being more credible, the industry can acquire a more formidable character, making it impossible to ignore in the national and international agenda.
Kanayo urged the industry to follow the music industry’s example with Afrobeat, which has gained global recognition and financial success. He believes that Nollywood can achieve even greater success if it embraces authenticity and portrays Nigerian culture more accurately.