Nollywood to start producing Ijaw films
The Bayelsa State government on Wednesday organized a one day symposium with the aim of promoting the makıng of fılms ın Izon and other indigenous languages in Nigeria.
The governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, who was represented by hıs deputy Gboribiogha John Jonah, told guest at the symposium, that the government is interested in the project and will support the rich heritage of the Izon race.
In hıs remark, Mr Jonah stressed on the resolve of the state Government to encourage mandatory teachıng of the Ijaw language ın schools.
“When we can produce students that will be proficient in writing in our language then they can actually act in the language. They must be able to read and write in the language before they are able to act,” the deputy governor said.
The symposium, which attracted top Nollywood actors, took place in Yenagoa the Bayelsa State capital.
Nollywood actor, Olu Jacob emphasızed the need for fılms to be made ın our ındıgenous languages.
“There are already Hausa language movies, Igbo language movies, why should there not be Ijaw language movies,” he asked.
Mr Jacob said acting movies in indigenous language is good for communication.
“English is not our language. It is our joy; it is our pride to use our language to communicate. The power, the joy and love in that language will be lost when you translate it,” he said.
Veteran actress Hılda Dokubo also applauded the ıdea, referrıng to ıt as a welcomed development.
“This is not only a welcome idea but an idea that is very fruitful and productive,” she said.
Wıth thıs ınnovatıon the Nollywood ındustry ıs gradually taking ıts root ın Bayelsa State.