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British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega, has hinted that he is planning on shooting a low-budget Nigerian movie with $20-25 million dollars (around ₦9 billion). Boyega made the revelation while on a show, CNBC Africa, During the promotion of the recently released sci-fi movie, Pacific Rim: Uprising, in which he stars.

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He told, the host of Power Lunch West Africa:
“We’re developing a few Nigerian stories and choosing one which makes sense budget-wise. We’re probably looking at an indie budget of twenty to twenty-five million dollars.”
The actor, who has landed leading roles in major movies including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has been interested in telling a Nigerian movie for a long time, but has now gotten to a point in his career where he feels it is time to tell Nigerian stories and do so professionally. In his own words:
“I’ve been interested in Nigerian stories for a very, very long time. It’s just that now I’ve worked to a point where I have the opportunity to do something… It’s a chance for me to develop these stories, merge Hollywood with Nollywood, to bring the genuine and most important stories to light but captured in a very important and professional way.”
While he and his team review work on choosing the most appropriate story, considering the proposed budget, it is important to note that Nigerian movies generally have a budget less than $500,000 qhilw, according to Ralph, who is an expert in the movie industry, it costs about $139 million to make a major Hollywood film. Boyega might be starting a revolution that will lead to Hollywood’s greater involvement in the Nigerian movie industry.

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This article was first published on 5th April 2018


Akwaowo Willie is a social media consultant for several businesses including SMEs and Startups. He is also an entrepreneur and writer with interests in entertainment, media, fashion, among others. He is married, with 2 adorable children.

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