Stand up comedian, Francis Agoda, popularly known as I Go Dye, has advised the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, on a dialogue between stakeholders in the entertainment industry and the Federal Government.
I Go Dye, who was reacting to a warning issued by the minister to Nollywood entertainers, also advised Mr. Mohammed to avoid ” confrontation, which will not be in the best interest of both the government and the artistes”.
Mr. Mohammed had on July 15, 2017, via his Twitter account warned Nollywood entertainers of being prosecuted if they shoot music video outside the country.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, I Go Dye advised the Federal Government on a dialogue between key stake holders in the entertainment industry adding that the Government had still not tackled the issue of piracy eating into the movie industry.
He further advised Lai Mohammed not to result in confrontations but instead invest in the industry by providing soft loans to aid film production.
He said, “While the ministry of information and culture should engage the film writer and producers to build contents that can significantly profile our image as a country.
“Instead of confrontation, which will not be in the best interest of both the government and the artistes.”
The announcement had generated a lot of criticisms from Nigerian entertainers, leading to an outburst from Petter Okoye of Psquare, Rugged man, rapper Yung6ix and the likes.
Lai Mohammed also tweeted some few hours ago in response to the trendy news.
Here’s What I go dye Wrote;
Undoubtedly,entertainment: Music,Comedy,Sport, and Film productions are the highest-ranking human resource export from Nigeria.Government should protect their intellectual property and invest into its capacity building. I have observed with keen interest the recent reports credited to the honourable minister of information and culture,proposing to ban the production of our indigenous films abroad.instead of such pronouncements,I expect a mutual partnership with government and all stake holders in the entertainments industry.what level of support has government provided to growth of entertainment in terms of protecting their works?piracy is still on the high,most of the actors,actresses and producers do not earn what’s is obtainable in other parts of the world in terms of technical,social support and general contribution to their well being.I recommend that instead of putting laws to check the issue of films produced outside Nigeria.Government should invest in the sector to develop it,introduce partnership that will bring about government earning funds from the services provided through technical equipment, logistic sites, and establishment of a standard Nollywood village.more so soft loans should be provided to aid film production ,while the ministry of information and culture should engage the film writer and producers to build contents that can significantly profile our image as a country.instead of confrontation,which will not be in the best interest of both the government and the artistes.