It is not a denial of fact that Nollywood back in the days is entirely different from Nollywood in recent times.
Asides from the wide range of actors and actresses, there have been great improvements in the industry in terms of cinematography, innovation, style, and acting.
With Nollywood constantly releasing great amounts of movies weekly, the good, the bad, and the ugly; it is very easy to forget what Nollywood used to be, the caliber of movies released, and what made these movies very enjoyable in the late ’90s and early ’20s.
It can not be denied that these movies had very similar storylines, styles, and characters. Also, we saw the same faces too often, but we were always excited to see more of these movies and more of these actors.
The usual storylines we saw in Nollywood were the love stories of “Prince falls in love with a poor village girl”, campus stories of “good girl turn bad girl”, movies about ritualists and “wicked mother laws”. Let’s not forget movies that make the future prince of the village go in search of the missing calabash in the evil forest.
The stereotype in these movies is that certain actors and actresses were made for every role. Mere seeing Patience Ozokwor, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke, Saint Obi, Jim Iyke, Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot, and many more, you can almost guess the role each of them will be playing and maybe what the storyline will entail. However, we can not deny that we could not get enough of these individuals and the joy they brought to our screens.
Meanwhile, a good number of these veterans are no longer in Nollywood.
Some are still very much in the business of acting and film making and some just show up on our screens once in a while. We can not deny that whatever character or role they take on, they remain distinct.
Recently, one of Nollywood’s celebrated actresses, Stephanie Okereke-Linus, confirmed that she will be returning to the set life with two new confirmed pan African projects; a feature film and a television series. Her last production was ‘Dry’, her multi-award-winning 2014 film co-produced by Jane Lawalata.
The actress confirmed the new production in a recently shared Instagram post announcing an audition call for the film and series. The new projects will mark her anticipated return to the screens after nearly seven years. In March, the star actress announced a gender-based violence awareness series of short films which ran through the month to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Also, in anticipation of these projects, we long to see what the veteran actress will deliver to the screens and hope for some infusion of talents from the early days of Nollywood.
Mere thinking about these projects, one can not help but remember the good old days of Nollywood, how far it has come and where it is headed.