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By Oluwatobi Opusunju

Veteran actor, Segun Arinze has lamented the poor state of the Nollywood filmmaking industry, especially in the aspects of developing and promoting Cinema houses like it is done in other countries.

The actor who was commenting on the recent tax break granted the Nigerian creative industry enjoined all practitioners and the necessary bodies involved to look into the development of cinemas in Nigeria.

Citing South Africa with over 500 cinema houses as an example, he said Nigeria with just 30 cinema houses needs to focus on living up to its title as the giant Africa.

He however said for the industry to celebrate the tax relief, it must engage the government and corporate bodies to help in the development of community theaters.

“It is also sad that as big as Nigeria is and despite the hullabaloo about Nollywood, we only have 30 cinema houses, it doesn’t make any sense. South Africa makes little or no noise despite having over 500 cinema houses. We call ourselves giants yet we only have 30 cinema houses,” he said.

“If we are going to celebrate the tax relief, we must involve the government and corporate bodies to build community theatres. We must see to it that we use that tax break effectively so that by the time it elapses, we will be prepared ahead to begin to pay our tax effortlessly,” he added.

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