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Desmond Elliot calls for ban of Foreign movies in Nigeria.

Nollywood actor and politician, Desmond Elliot has called for the ban of foreign movies in Nigeria to enable the growth of the Nigerian Movie Industry. Desmond Elliot (born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot; 4 February 1974) is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas. He won best supporting actor in a drama at the 2nd Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards and was nominated for best supporting actor at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

He was elected as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency, on the 11th of April 2015 Nigerian General Elections. The 45 years old, representing Surulere constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly said this in an interview with HIPTV, as he spoke on the current situation of the country's Movie Industry.  According to him, the Federal Government should make it difficult for foreign content to come into the country so that local content from Nigeria can grow.

He likened the banning of foreign films to how the federal government banned rice. The federal government need to consciously and intentionally focus on improving this industry. Treat it like you’re importing rice,  ban all foreign content, make it difficult for all foreign content to come in, so the local content can grow”.

However, some Nigerians took to Twitter to react to the actor’s opinion. Some said that Foreign movies are the best. Nollywood should reform its industry and stop blaming foreign movies for its misfortune. Another said that Nollywood should stop the blame game and reform its industry. Like our music industry is going globally and we are not complaining because our music industry is really good.

All thanks to Ebonytv, Iroko, LITV. I can manage their movies... They are really trying to remove Nigeria from trash . Another person said it's not possible because we are in a global village and the world lives interchangeably. In Daddy Freeze reaction, he said, 'Dear Brother Desmond, I love you, but I’m not with you on this. I should be able to choose what I want to watch if I’m paying for it, shouldn’t I?

Why don’t you strive to raise Nollywood to Hollywood standards and then people will gravitate towards Nollywood naturally? And people have complimented Freeze for this comment as if he spoke their mind on the matter. But Probably Desmond Elliot meant no harm, maybe he thought that idea will help to build the Nigerian movie industry but now he knows better.