Kunle Afolayan, movie director, has urged Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, to help create an avenue for Nigerian filmmakers to make money through the social network.
The celebrated movie maker on Wednesday approached Zuckerberg with the request when the latter paid a visit to the Ikeja, Lagos office of Afrinolly, a mobile movie app.
Afolayan, whose films have over time been heavily pirated, told the fifth richest man in the world that he’d be considered a hero if Facebook can make it possible for movie practitioners to monetise their works.
He said: “Before now I used to pay to promote my work on Facebook. Distribution is a major problem in this country. DVD is a no-go area.
“We have tried to come up with an app that is safe and not easy to copy but its a major challenge.
“If there is an opportunity for an app on Facebook where you put up content like Youtube is doing and the amount of follows and views can earn one money, that will make you superman.”
Afolayan’s “superman” expression elicited rapturous laughter from those present while they conversed, after which Zuckerberg assured him that his suggestion would be considered.
“It’s something we are thinking about”, the Facebook CEO said.
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