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Lagos State Assembly Cannot Restrict Free Speech In Nigeria – Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot

Nigerian lawmaker, Desmond Elliot has come out to refute popular social media commentator, Dr. Olufunmilayo’s claim of a bill to restrict free speech on the internet in Nigeria.

The Nollywood actor recently revealed that no such bill has been presented before the Lagos state assembly.

According to him, the report is false and unfounded and Dr. Olufunmilayo should learn to verify things before putting them out because no state house of assembly has the power to deliberate on such.

He added that fake news has to go in Nigeria if the citizens and leaders are ready for her development.

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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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