Nollywood actor and winner of African Movie Academy Award, Ramsey Nouah has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan saying he believes Goodluck Jonathan has done very well for the entertainment industry compared to other leaders who have ruled in the last twenty five years. He endorsed the president while having an interview with CNN Africa Voices. Apart from endorsing continuity for the Jonathan led adminstration, he also disussed other things including Nollywood.
CNN: How do you see the political situation in Nigeria and what do you think about the recent security tensions?
I find it quite dicey, it’s a case of uncertainty, not knowing what is going to happen …however I’m actually endorsing the present government because he [Goodluck Jonathan] has contributed immensely to the growth of our industry – call me selfish call me what but I’ve been in this industry for 25 years, no government ever spoke about my industry like this one. He gave us audience, he listened to us, he gave several grants to help the industry, he sent so many of the practitioners outside to big film schools … he’s giving money for distribution — so for all these reasons.
CNN: So what have you learned throughout this journey?
I learned a whole lot of lessons, when the chips were high – many people knew me and everything but I was so deeply passionate about the industry that I wanted growth and I wanted something better.
I wanted Nollywood to look like Hollywood and Bollywood, I wanted it to have that appeal … and at some point in my industry it wasn’t happening. Because I’m one of the very top actors, knowing that with my influence I could make a difference, I decided at some point … to be like “look guys, lets upgrade, the new technologies are coming, how do we move forward.”
Most of the people I was working with wanted to live in that mindset, and I felt “no, I need to make a change,”… and then I was just picking movies deliberately that I knew would stand the test of time as I grow old.