After several cries to the government and individual lovers of Nollywood films in Nigeria, the filmmakers themselves have decided to take the bull by the horn. Husseini Shaibu reports how it all went yesterday.
"Today, some members of the Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers walked the talk as they embarked on a peaceful and very successful anti piracy rally. They took off from Ikeja under bridge, made some seizures along the road, stopped by the Lagos State House of Assembly and then they finally laid their complaints before the listening governor of Lagos state Babatunde Raji Fashola. The governor was at an EXCO meeting when his 'friends' came calling. He excused himself, received them and assured them of his support for the struggle. Foremost filmmaker Tunde Kelani was appointed coordinator of the group. They are to meet with BRF in a matter of days to articulate a strong position on how to tame the scourge in the new dispensation. Well done Yemi sodimu, Yemi solade, Yinka Akanbi, igwe gabosky, uncle TK, Kunle Afolayan, Prince Jide kosoko, Oga Bello, Mosun Filani, iyabo Ojo, Abiodun Aleja, Dr. Tunji Azeez, Biodun Olakanmi Kupoluyi, Funsho Arogundade, Victor Akande, uncle tunji bamishigbin, stephnora Steph-Nora Okere for the good work of mobilising people at such a short notice. Like the governor remarked, you guys need sustain the struggle and the awareness".
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