Yorubas started Nollywood and they own the industry – Actress Aisha Lawal

Aisha Lawal’s statement reflects a perspective on the history and contribution of Yoruba actors and filmmakers to the Nigerian film industry, commonly referred to as Nollywood. The Yoruba-speaking people of Nigeria have indeed played a significant role in shaping the industry, particularly in its early years.

It’s important to note that Nollywood as a whole has a diverse history that involves contributions from various ethnic and linguistic groups within Nigeria, as well as influences from global cinema. While Yoruba filmmakers like Hubert Ogunde and Ade Love made important contributions to the industry’s development, Nollywood’s growth is a result of collaboration among filmmakers from different backgrounds and regions.

Nollywood emerged in the 1990s and has since become one of the largest film industries in the world in terms of production output. While the Yoruba-speaking community has been a prominent part of Nollywood’s history, other Nigerian ethnic groups and languages have also played crucial roles in shaping the industry’s landscape. The growth of Nollywood is a collective effort, and attributing its success solely to one ethnic group might not fully capture the complexity of its development.

In recent years, Nollywood has seen increased recognition on the global stage and has gained a wide audience both within Nigeria and internationally. This growth is due to the collective efforts of filmmakers, actors, and various stakeholders across different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
while it’s true that Yoruba filmmakers and actors have made significant contributions to Nollywood, it’s also important to acknowledge the broader collaborative effort that has led to the industry’s success.