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Piracy is Nollywood’s largest canker worm, says movie producer Bugantra

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Popular film producer Bugantra, whose real name is Ayo Balogun, has said that piracy is one of the loopholes in the Nigerian film industry.

Bugantra told reporters in Lagos that piracy is the main reason why many Nigerians abroad refuse to invest in Nollywood, especially in films about their homeland.

He said: “I can mention many gaps in the film industry in Nigeria, but I will only mention the main ones that I observed when I grew up.

“I have studied the Nollywood industry for a few years and it always breaks my heart to see the high level of piracy with which the industry canker worms defeat us.

“It’s heartbreaking to see you share the dividends of your creativity with a scammer, who doesn’t even have an idea of ​​how hard you’ve worked to create that project.

“These rotten eggs are known, but they cannot be completely eliminated for selfish reasons. Except you have a strong security against their forces.

“I made certain resolutions and strategies, I pushed for work plans and I worked on what now can lead me to achieve what I always dreamed of.

“I could say that I am ready to work and make some differences, since man cannot continue to live in his fears and obstacles.”

Born in the 1980s, Bugantra, who is married, also took time to elaborate on his early life in Lagos and his stint in Nollywood.

His words: “My early life began in Lagos, where I was born, precisely in the family of Chief Balogun.

“I attended A.D.R.O. Schools; Command Secondary School, both in Ipaja, and then at the University of Lagos in 2001, where I studied Medicine and found a passion for production and theater arts.

“This addictive passion pushed me to join the London Film Academy, where I made my professionalism stand out and one day, hoping to do it big for my country.

“I am married to a beautiful woman with happy children and ready to do great works. I’ve been here studying, acquiring resources, and building whatever it takes to produce many blockbusters.

“But while working I have also taken care of my creativity and the security of resources.

“Studying what the majority of Nigeria is related to, while also capturing everyone’s attention.”

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