Have you ever wondered how Yoruba films are made?
As if confirming the fear that many people have about Yoruba movies, seasoned actor, Dele Odule, has said that only a small percentage of films from the ‘Yoruba’ section of the industry are scripted.
Critics have observed that poor scripting is the bane of many Nigerian movies, including Nollywood products.
Odule noted that, as far as Yoruba films were concerned, it was a carryover from old theatre practice from which many of the practitioners evolved. He said,
“it is true that many Yoruba films are not scripted. They are 30 percent scripted and 70 percent improvised. It boils down to the way theatre practice started and those who started it before the emergence of theatre scholars who now combine the raw talent with the theory of theatre”.
Odule made this known recently when he was hosted by the Ibadan Film Circle, an online forum created by ace director, Niji Akani.
No wonder it is usually easy to foretell the conclusion of Yoruba films before the conclusion.
It is an advice for Nollywood, let us write our scripts (screenplay) as it is expected of us, so as to show the professionality in the game.
Afterall, Nollywood should be for professionals.