The Nigeria Movie industry is the fastest growing in the world. www.themidwestjournal.com caught up with one of the leading lights of this industrial revolution. He is the ace movie Director/Producer and Nollywood Czar, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen. His chart blockbuster movie, INVASION 1897 which has premiered globally was released on online and on DVD last week.
Below are excerpts from the brief chat with our UK/Europe Lead, Tony Agbonasevbaefe.
TMJ: Good to have you Oduwa Lancelot Imasuen and thanks for finding time to share with us today.
Imasuen: Thanks my brother. It`s my pleasure.
TMJ: There was great anticipation in Nigeria and beyond for your blockbuster movie, INVASION 1897 that carted away numerous local and international awards. What was the inspiration behind Invasion 1897?
Imasuen: I was inspired by the hard truth never before told by the victor of 1897.
All job done before now are all written books by Ola Rotimi and I am sure many of us will remember the literature book,”Ovonramen Nogbaisi”.
TMJ: From the historical perspective, was the movie an attempt to correct some age old held anomalies of the actual event?
Imasuen: Oh, it was not just a massacre but an invasion told from my perspective as a Bini man, a Nigerian and as an African. We must always maintain the lead
TMJ: Undoubtedly, you are a nollywood Czar. Was that film and numerous others you have churned out another bold statement from your stable in cementing your legacy as Nigeria’s leading movie director.
Imasuen: Oh sure. We wanted to make a statement and God provided the resources.
TMJ: We are aware that it took 4years to roll out that fleek? Can you give us a hint about why this happened considering the knee jerk approach in the movie industry in Nigeria
Imasuen: We needed a world class production. It can never be business as usual.
TMJ: Undoubtedly, INVASION 1897 had a star-studded line up, can you give us a sniff of the line up?
Imasuen: O yes! It is starring Segun Arinze, Paul Obazele, Eliel Otote, Charles Inoje, Rudulf Walker, Charles Chuckky Venn, Leo Menzie, Nosa Ehiemwenma, Annika A`lofti….. and introducing Mike Omoregbe as Oba Ovonramwen, Loveth Okunmwendia and on and on.
TMJ: Nice speaking with you, Mr Oduwa Imasuen
Imasuen:: Thanks bro and a big hug to you all at www.themidwestjournal.com for all the good work you guys are doing. Kudos!