Abuja – Femi Branch, a popular Nollywood actor, has attributed the reasons why soap operas produced locally are not creating waves like those produced abroad to lack of professionalism and stability.
He made the statement on Monday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
He said: “Soap opera should be produced by people who have the skill and know about the industry, not people that stumble into the industry due to lack of job in the country.
“The different associations in the industry: Actors Guild of Nigeria, Directors Guild of Nigeria and Association of Movie Producers should be involved in screening the casts according to their areas of specialisation before production.
“Artistes who are not professionals should endeavour to acquire training by going back to the University or relevant institutions to acquire the relevant skill.’’
Branch however stated that soap operas produced locally should not be completely written off, saying there was a time when qualitative soap operas were produced in Nigeria.
He cited some of such soap operas to include “Cockcrow at Dawn” and “Ripples.”
He commended Theatre and Motion Picture Association of Nigeria for scrutinising the industry and removing those who are not fit to be an actor, director or producer. (NAN)