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Chiwetalu Agu’s Arrest Was Not Just – Ernest Obi

Chiwetalu Agu

Chiwetalu Agu

Nollywood filmmaker and actor, Ernest Obi has come out to react to the arrest of veteran actor Chiwetalu Agu by Nigerian soldiers for wearing an outfit made with the Biafran flag.

He recently had his say via his social media page, and Nigerians have been reacting.

According to him, he completely supports his senior colleague because he has every right to stand for what he believes in.

Ernest added that the fact that the actor wasn’t armed or leading a mob means that his arrest was unnecessary.

His words, “High Chief CHIWETALU AGU. I stand with You And Your Right To Have A Right To Stand For What You Believe In.”

“I Asked.
Were You Armed?
Were You Leading A MOB?
Arsonists?
Flag Waving murderers?”

“Were You Calling Citizens up To Arms?
Did You Murder scores of Children and Women to Propagate whatever Your ideology is?”

“Have you ever sacked dozens of villages and kidnapped and raped and maimed their children?”

“Have Government Officials Ever come To beg You loads Of Money to end your killing spree. Taking pictures and videos whilst you strut around with your AK47 rifle?”

“NO..NO…No!”

“Enough. Enough. Enough.”

What do you think?

Nollywood is a sobriquet that originally referred to the Nigerian film industry. The origin of the term dates back to the early 2000s, traced to an article in The New York Times. Due to the history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term, which has made it a subject to several controversies.

The origin of the term “Nollywood” remains unclear; Jonathan Haynes traced the earliest usage of the word to a 2002 article by Matt Steinglass in the New York Times, where it was used to describe Nigerian cinema.

Charles Igwe noted that Norimitsu Onishi also used the name in a September 2002 article he wrote for the New York Times. The term continues to be used in the media to refer to the Nigerian film industry, with its definition later assumed to be a portmanteau of the words “Nigeria” and “Hollywood”, the American major film hub.

Film-making in Nigeria is divided largely along regional, and marginally ethnic and religious lines. Thus, there are distinct film industries – each seeking to portray the concern of the particular section and ethnicity it represents. However, there is the English-language film industry which is a melting pot for filmmaking and filmmakers from most of the regional industries.


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