Nigerian film production faces shutdown
The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has revealed it is considering cancelling movie productions in some locations around the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the president of AGN, Emeka Rollas, an effort is being made to liaise with the executive producers so that movie productions can be cancelled for three weeks.
He added that since the federal government has shut down some areas, the AGN must also take measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We are talking to producers to see how they can hold on in terms of movie production for three weeks,” he said.
Agility Onwurah, the former chairman of the Abuja chapter of AGN, appealed to the federal government to partner with the organisation to redouble its efforts in increasing awareness of the need for social distancing. He added that if actors engaged in raising awareness, it would help to reduce fear and tension about the pandemic in the country.
He said that although the cancellation would have huge economic implications for the industry, the safety of the AGN’s members was of the utmost importance.
He urged producers to cancel productions in order to not put the health of crews in jeopardy.