Nigerian Actor, Film Producer and Director, Kunle Afolayan, has condemned the level of piracy in the movie industry in the country while speaking about his new movie: “Citation.”
“Citation” is the title of a 2020 Nigerian film directed by Afolayan, written by Tunde Babalola and starring Temi Otedola, a Master student in the film, who became a victim of attempted rape by her Senior Course Supervisor.
Afolayan during a conversation with fans on his Instagram live video on Friday, said patronizers of piracy were slowly killing the movie industry.
He said: “You are not doing the film maker any good by downloading from unauthorized sources because he does not get any revenue. “Therefore, I am pleading that you watch the movie from the right source, which is Netflix.
“If Netflix continues to get good numbers, it will not only benefit the industry, but everyone because they will come back and commission more people to make good films.
“Now when a production company is commissioned to make a movie, do you know how many people that benefit from that production? “You have caterers, barbers, hair dressers, make-up artists, carpenters, welders, not to now talk of the actors and actresses.
“There are about 150 people on set. “Among them you can have five people in catering department where they earn.
“So I will plead with us to stop patronizing platforms that copy films illegally.
“It kills the industry. “Netflix is not even expensive. “The same money you waste on downloading the unauthorized copies with low qualities can be used to subscribe to Netflix.”
Speaking on the movie “Citation” and the not-so-fluent Yoruba-speaking Temi Otedola, Afolayan said the movie was a fusion of language and culture.
He said: “As regards Temi’s speaking of Yoruba, a lot of youths from age 25 downward don’t speak clear Yoruba.