In a recent interview with Tribune, Aisha Lawal, a prominent figure in Nollywood, boldly asserted that Yoruba actors and filmmakers have a legitimate claim to the ownership of the Nollywood landscape. According to Lawal, this assertion is rooted in the historical fact that they were the trailblazers who set the wheels of the industry in motion.
With fervor, Lawal emphasized her viewpoint, stating, “The industry is ours. Look back at the research. The industry belongs to the Yoruba people. Delve into the research and you’ll come across names like Hubert Ogunde and Ade Love. I won’t delve into specifics, but with thorough research, you’ll find that Yorubas pioneered this industry. We had our missteps, but we’re not trying to catch up. We’ve already arrived. Nowadays, everyone wants to produce a Yoruba movie.”
Reflecting back to June, Naijalegit reported that Aisha Lawal, the Nollywood actress, had conveyed her gratitude to movie producer Kunle Afolayan for the grand celebration he orchestrated for her birthday on a movie set.
Aisha Lawal shared a video on her Instagram page during that period, showcasing her heartfelt appreciation to Kunle Afolayan. She thanked him for orchestrating a dinner event in her honor at the location where the Anikulapo movie was being filmed.
The shared video captured the touching moment when Kunle Afolayan showered Aisha Lawal with money, creating an emotionally resonant scene amidst her colleagues, including Adedimeji Lateef, Sola Sobowale, Eyiyemi Afolayan, and others. The gesture portrayed Afolayan’s genuine gesture of affection and celebration for Lawal’s birthday.