Veteran Nigerian actress, Hilda Dokubo, has disclosed that the movie industry in Nigeria called Nollywood has now been taken over by mediocres.
The actress, also speaking on why she has not been very active in the industry which got her fame, said things are no longer the way she left them before returning to school.
Explaining the reason behind it, she emphasised that, “I didn’t stop acting. At least, this year alone, I’ve done six movies. What I did was to slow down. I took a break to go to school, then I got back and a few things had gone not so right.
“So, I took another break to go and give back to society and ended up serving in my state government. Then, I got back again and realized that mediocrity had taken center stage; it had become clamour for money and being used for all the wrong things. I’m not someone cut out for that. Again, I took a break and began to build an institution for training people and then that institution started running and I began to build a team.”
Hilda, who now runs a foundation known as ‘Center for Creative Arts Education’, explained that the foundation started off as an advocacy group, which later became a training and support group for young people and women.
“In Rivers, and indeed we work across the Niger Delta States, working with young people and women. At some point, we included advocacy. Really, it wasn’t at some point; it started off as an advocacy group, then it became a training group and then it became a support group for young people and women and today it does the three – it does advocacy, it does research, it does training and it does empowerment across the Niger Delta,” she said.