In a ceremony organised to mark her 77th birthday, veteran nollywood actress, Mrs. Idowu Phillips popularly known as Iya Rainbow, has beckoned on the Federal government to save the film industry from extinction.
Phillips who spoke in Ibadan, said the government needs to render financial assistance to help improve the industry and also save the profession from the negative effect of social media.
In her words “It is worrisome that most producers and film makers run at loss after producing home videos, because most of the films would have been on the Internet before they are released.”
Phillips stressed that the Federal Government should save the industry from extinction due to the adverse effects of Internet and social media.
“I appeal to government to support us to avoid this profession going into extinction. I don’t want it to go into extinction. We are begging the government; we are urging them to look at our side. The marketers are the ones giving us money in the past, but we don’t get what we spend on the film now, that is one of the reasons we don’t get support again. Before a film is out, it is already on the Internet.”
“I am appealing to the government to make money available to us as loans. It is the marketers that are borrowing us money and we don’t get our money back again. You will see a situation when someone will spend two million for a film and in return he gets N600,000 because the film would have been on the Internet before it is even out for sale,” she reiterated.