She recently had her say via her social media page, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to her, even if her party loses the governorship election in Rivers State, she will not return to acting because she is absolutely done with the Nollywood industry.
Tonto added that she believes herself, Funke Akindele and Banky W can all thrive with politics in Nigeria.
His words, “I don’t like movies like that again and it’s been a long time since I acted on screen, you know.”
“I’ve acted in about two films in 10 years, I appreciate that my path started from Nollywood, it is something that I respect, but it’s not something that has been in my life.”
“So even after the election, it’s not something I’ll return to, but I’ll love to contribute to the industry when I get into power.”
“It is not easy for Funke and Banky W at their level to put themselves out there to effect change because criticisms and so many things are involved.”
“I believe in Funke, I believe in Banky. With them, I can hold onto something and say I believe that they have a vision for the people.”
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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