Ali Nuhu, ‘Banana Island Ghost’ actor, has said that the proposed film village in Kano state was rejected because many clerics didn’t understand the idea behind it.
The Nigerian government had announced plans to establish a N3 billion world-class film village in the state but it was frowned upon.
The plan was shelved by the federal government in July 2016 largely as a result of opposition from Muslim clerics who complained that it would promote immorality in the state.
Nuhu, in a chat with Pulse, said entertainment has limitations in the north because “some people have reservations”.
“For anything to be in existence in a society, the people living in the society must accept it,” he said.
“I must say that entertainment in the North is still not accepted the way it should be, like it is accepted everywhere else in the globe, because some people have their reservations.
“When the issue of the film village came up, a lot of the clergymen were against it because they didn’t even understand what the whole idea behind a film village is, and they revolted.
“In Northern Nigeria, most of the things that come, people don’t easily accept because of the culture and the religion of the people of the north. I think that’s what is responsible for all these.”
The film village, which was to be built on 20 hectare land, was intended to have a cinematography centre, 400-capacity auditorium for training, hostel, sound stage, eatery block, three-star hotel, shopping mall, stadium, clinic and equipment for filmmaking among others.
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