Actor Femi Ogedengbe has expressed his dismay over the heavy criticism he received via social media after he chose to christen his newborn kids with inspiration from his means of livelihood.
A Nigerian actor, Femi Ogedengbe, who came under heavy criticism after announcing late May that he had named his twins “Hollywood” and “Nollywood” has released a statement addressing his critics and attempting to explain why he chose the names out of all the options he had. Ogedengbe reveals that Nollywood has done considerable good in Nigeria, and even deserves a public holiday in honor of its contribution to the country. He further opines that instead of dedicating time to cyber-bullying and malicious attacks, Nigerians should channel their energy and time to more worthy matters, such as the prevalent sate of insecurity in the North.
Read his response below.
The level of hypocrisy in Nigeria is just too high or how do I explain the attack I and my wife have received on different blogs for adding Nollywood & HOLLYWOOD among the names we gave our bundles of Joy : King Praise Micheal Victor Tochukwu Jesuogbo Iyinoluwa Hollywood & Queen Grace Michelle Victoria Peculia Chimamaka Jesukomeh Opeoluwa Nollywood.
I guess all those who condemned us have been so blinded by Hatred that they couldn’t see all other names but the HOLLYWOOD and Nollywood. Anyway, thanks for noticing me, my wife and our children, but What is really bad in those two names?
It always come with different interpretations depending on how every one perceive it from their stand point. Most people who criticize the names gave their reason, they said ;the two industries (HOLLYWOOD & NOLLYWOOD) are synonymous with immorality.
And I wonder if they are truly alright at all because if they are normal, they will know that despite some of the negative reports from Nollywood, It is safe for Nigerians to declare Nollywood day because this is an industry that has consistently put our name in the world map and when you are fortunate to travel out of Nigeria, then you will realize we Nigerians are the only people that are not proud of NOLLYWOOD. If we choose to look inward, then questions like ; where and What would have been of Names like, Tonto Dike, Mercy Johnson, Jim Iyke Kevin Ikeduba , Odun Adekola , in a country where unemployment is at it highest level.
I for one will still be in the back street of Mushin hustling or dead like 35 of my childhood friends who all died between 1990 – 1995 around wuraola in pako Eleja Area because they all decided to take the short-cut (armed robbery). But thanks to Nollywood, I am now Femi Ogedengbe! It is a pity that people will seat in the comfort of their homes,hide behind the freedom that such platform as Facebook and all other social network provide to judge the logic behind the actions of people they don’t know.
Here in Nigerian there is a town called Umuagwo & Umueke (descendants of snakes) and you don’t think that is weird enough but some of you whose family names are something around the neighbourhood of Esubiyi,Sango these and Ogun that Join in condemning a name that has its origin in such a vibrant industry as Nollywood that has engage more Nigerian youth in one way or the other and have helped in no small measure in putting smile on our collective faces unlike the Nigeria corrupt politicians who we shamelessly sing their praise
In as much as I appreciate everyone who congratulated me and my wife Nkechi Diane,the matter wey dey face Nigeria pass Femi Ogedengbe name pikinses Nollywood & Hollywood.
Abi Na bro’s Boko “insecurity” Haram we want talk about abi na corruption we wan yan…In my little way I have addressed the issue of corrupt politician in my 1994 movie (Tear of the GHETTO)What have you all done to show your displeasure ?
Nothing but you wan carry placards to protest my children names …..uncles and aunts make una park well oh …Long live Nigeria