Veteran Nollywood performer Kanayo O. Kanayo has advised directors to avoid using deceptive costumes in their productions.
In a video posted on Instagram, the actor gave the industry advice to always dress a rich man in more casual attire rather than an agbada or traditional Senegal garb.
Kanayo noted that while most directors do not agree with movie costumes, wealthy people frequently wear agbada in movies while being recognised in real life by their pricey watches, shoes and T-shirts.
His statement that “Many Nollywood Producers paint the wrong picture of costumes in movies all in the name of fine pictures” included criticism of how female characters slept wearing wigs and heavy makeup. It’s deceptive.
IN HIS WORD’S
“The reality is that many practitioners have yet to realize that filmmaking is part of an agenda setting in national development, especially the tradition and culture of the people.
“The rich most of the time dress casually. Many are known through their expensive footwear, T-shirt, and wrist watches not by Agbada.
“How can a man be resting in his house fully dressed? How can a woman be adorned with full makeup while cooking? Most ladies sleep with their wigs on, with applied facial foundation. Dear colleagues, let’s watch it.
“This is what the music industry has done with Afrobeat. And now, they all get paid like they hit a jackpot. Nollywood can do better than them”,