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8 Oct 2017

Immoral Dressing And Bad Movies Made Me Quit Nollywood -Elesho

Adewale Adeoye, popularly known as Elesho, is one of the veterans in the Yoruba movie
industry, having been around for over 30 years.
However, observers would note that it has been quite a while since the sharp-tongued actor
graced the silver screen.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, he gave his reasons:
“A lot of people have been asking me this question lately. If you notice, many of the people
in my category that we started acting at the same
time are no longer that vibrant in the industry. It
is because we are afraid of the type of scripts that
the children are churning out these days.
Even in my house, I cannot watch most of the films that are released nowadays because there is really nothing to learn from them. Many of the
actresses don’t dress properly. And because we are not their parents, they don’t listen to us. You cannot expect people whose parents are not
responsible to behave well.
You cannot see people whose parents are theatre practitioners, or those who actually trained for the job, behaving badly. Another major issue which is
killing the industry is piracy. Many of us borrow money from banks just to shoot movies, and at the end of the day, we are not able to recoup our
funds because of piracy.
There was a time I caught the person who pirated a particular movie of mine, and he threatened me that if I took him to the police station, he would
come back for me.
He told me that he used to be an armed robber, and that it was when they killed his gang mates
that he started piracy.
At that point, I had to let him go. The government really needs to do something urgently about
piracy. If there are strong punitive measures for
pirates, you would see that it would reduce drastically,” he said.

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