Lagos – Renowned artiste, Zack Orji, has urged the Federal Government to sign international co-production treaties with other countries to create funds for international feature films.
Orji told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that the horizon of Nollywood would expand once the government got involved.
“We have been gradually reaching out to our colleagues in other African countries and the response has always been very encouraging.
“The good thing is that with the work we have done so far in Nigeria we occupy a vanguard position in all of Africa to the point that a lot of our colleagues in other African countries invite us when they want to do the kind of thing we are doing in Nigeria.
“And that is something we find very welcoming, very commendable.
“So we have been doing a lot of international feature co-productions; the only thing you can say is that at the governmental level, Nigeria has not signed co-production treaties with other African countries.
“So that is the level we have to cross.
“When we cross that level, it will make certain funds available for feature co-productions on an international basis.
“If our government signs co-production treaties with other African countries, it will begin to generate a lot of feature co-productions with those countries.“
NAN reports that Orji is one of the pioneers of the contemporary Nigeria movie industry and has featured in numerous movies since the early 1990s. (NAN)