Nigerians react as Desmond Elliot urges FG to ban foreign movies


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The member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Elliot, has incurred the wrath of some Nigerians by calling for a ban on foreign movies in Nigeria.

He compared such ban to the ban on the importation of rice, saying it would help develop the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Elliot said, “Secondly, they need to consciously and intentionally focus on improving this industry. Treat it like you’re importing rice… You ban all foreign content, make it difficult for all foreign content to come in, so your local content can grow.

“And then, you need to support (financially) the music industry, you need to support the film industry… even the comic industry as well…”

However, many Nigerians said such trade protectionism would not help Nollywood as being prescribed by Elliot.

Read reactions below:

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