- Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye caused quite a stir in Lagos traffic recently when he seized pirated copies of Nigerian movie
- Mike shared a clip in which he pretended to want to buy the pirated copy of Chief Daddy movie and threatened to arrest the street side hawker selling it
- According to him, the street side hawker eventually escaped being arrested
Many producers and movie makers in Nigeria have had an age-long battle with piracy. Many of them invest millions of naira into a movie production and end up reaping half fruits of their labour as street side hawkers take to pirating the movies and selling to make money for their own pockets.
Since Nigerian movies graduated into partnering with cinemas to show their movies, it has gone a long way in helping movie producers gain profit from their sweat, however, the issue of piracy is still a huge one that needs to be treated.
Just recently, Nollywood actor, Mike Ezuruonye got furious and decided to take action where necessary. He shared a clip on Instagram where he caught one roadside hawker trying to sell him a pirated copy of a Nigerian movie.
Acting like he wanted to buy it, he seized the copy and threatened to arrest the hawker for doing something illegal and reaping fruits where he had not sown.
Some Nigerians have reacted to the post and some have condemned the action which they state is only punishing the street hawker as the the real perpertuators are still out there. Read some reactions below:
@kristopherjeffogbu said: "He’s acting Really Childish doing that to a mere street Hawker.. If they are organized they will form a committee and inaugurate people to stop this Piracy stuff bcos it’s becoming very Nasty.. The poor Hawker is actually trying to survive if Mike was wise He would have parked buy the whole CD’s from him and ask him where he gets it from and then start up the real war!!"
@youngidris246 said: "You shouldn't have done this. Eyes are watching."
@alhaji_stanley said: "if the guy was an armed robber or car snatcher or kidnapper na una go still dey day make him go find handwork ,he got one now it’s a problem, i’m fully aware that someone who doesn’t have a clue on movie production can not pirate a copy ,it all started within the industry if you want to arrest anyone go to alaba international market there are a lot to catch if you are strong enough to."
Meanwhile, just recently, actress, Uche Jombo, took to social media to call out movie sites that upload Nollywood movies without going through due process.
Jombo addressed movie sites illegally profiting off Nollywood productions and she spared no words in expressing her disgust and anger.
She wrote: "Let's discuss nollywood illegal uploads please which is not just a sin against the film makers but sin against God. Are you kidding me? Do you know what WE go through?Had an interesting chat with some people who uploaded my film DAMAGE illegally on their site, the sense of entitlement to that 'you never make money reach feeling to calling me an imposter on their little WhatsApp group...got me thinking of how we can ALL do better this 2019.
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