If you ask the average Nigerian filmmaker, he or she would tell you that there are myriad challenges besetting the movie industry.
However, top actress, Uche Jombo-Rodriguez, has come out to put a finger on the biggest headache afflicting filmmakers, especially those in Lagos State.
She told Sunday Scoop in an exclusive chat, “The major challenge of making films in Lagos State is the menace of area boys. They usually come on set to harass and molest us. On several occasions, they have beaten members of the cast and crew, and even destroyed expensive equipment. Getting location and enabling environment is also a problem. Electricity is also among the problems because we have to make do with generators when filming and the noise affects our productions. Lastly, getting funds could also be cumbersome and we all know that producing a good film is capital intensive.”
The buxom actress also pooh-poohed the notion that she was a beneficiary of the largesse given to the industry by the immediate-past president of the country. “I didn’t get any of the grants former president Jonathan gave the industry. And I know thousands of filmmakers who didn’t get anything as well. I don’t believe that anybody should throw money at Nollywood for filmmakers to go and share; I’m of the opinion that proper infrastructure should be put in place. If this is done, people would sort themselves out financially,” she said.
Speaking on how much time she usually takes to get ready for red-carpet events, Jombo-Rodriguez said, “Sometimes, I work with stylists and they just handle everything about my look and I wouldn’t have to do anything. This usually makes the process faster and sometimes, I get myself ready. The bottom line is to look good. I love simplicity and my favourite fashion items are earrings. But I never leave the house without my phone.”
Gushing about her first son who was born in May 2015, she said, “My baby, Mathew is doing fine and I feel so blessed to be his mother.”
As a parting shot, the actress made it clear that she has not been affected by the economic recession. She said, “Recession has not affected me. I’ve been working back-to-back since I returned to the country and I think most people have been working as well.”