“Stop Casting Black Americans as Africans” – Nigerian Actress Omotola Sends Message to Western Movie Industry

Well-known Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, is calling with the western film industry to stop portraying Black Americans as Africans in their works.

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The Last Flight to Abuja actress urged Africans to speak up for themselves, according to a news report by Joy Entertainment’s Doreen Avio.

She objected to the way that Africans were portrayed by western movies as being different.

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“The West also needs to understand our complexity and be a little more open to working with us. When you have roles for Africans, stop casting Americans as Africans. It makes no sense.

“We have to stand up for ourselves when we see movies where people are speaking as Africans in a different way. Who talks like that in Africa? These things are archaic, they are old and we should fight to stop them.

 “I pray we are in that era now where African actors and filmmakers will be respected for what they bring to the table and we can really foster collaboration,” she said.

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