Nollywood legend Ifeanyi Azodo needs no instruction. The Abagana, Njikoka, Anambra State born movie producer, actor, and director started his immensely successful career in 1999 with his first movie Sorrows of Ken, and according to him, it has not been easy. Even though his movie Akidi was a monster hit, the hardworking director chose another of his film as his biggest. In this brief interview with ONITSHA GRA, he talks about his biggest movie to date, Kingsley Orji (Egbe Igwe’s) accident, religion, challenges facing Nollywood, and more.
How many movies have you done so far?
My brother, without meaning to brag, I’ve lost count, though I’ve done lots of chart bursters.
Your biggest work so far?
What makes the movie so unique?
It’s the first movie I produced for Amaco investment Ltd, even though I was a little naive then, but I was so happy, because I saw myself expressing myself via producing. Being on set with Pete Edochie, Liz Benson, Adiele Onyedibia and a whole lot of great artists, it was really fun, and when it came out, it was a chart burster.
If you had not become a filmmaker, what would you have become?
Do you consider yourself a politician right now?
I’m apolitical for now.
Do you consider yourself a religious person?
It depends on what you mean. We have different types of religions. We have African traditional religion and other religions. Well, to help your course, I’m a devout Christian of Catholic extraction and I don’t joke with my faith.
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with ONITSHA GRA, Kingsley Orji (Egbe Igwe) said many glowing things about you. He even credited you with his success in Nollywood and called you a mentor.
I’m glad he sees me as a mentor. And to still add to your question, I gave him that name Egbe Igwe in my movie titled Akidi.
Kingsley Orji has been bedridden for more than one year after his ghastly road accident. Do you know about this?
Of course, I do, and I have been trying my best, needless blowing it out of proportion. I’m also pleading with good spirited individuals to come to his assistance.
Do you have mentors?
Yeah…sure! My late father.
Nigerians often compare Nollywood to Hollywood and Bollywood. What’s your opinion on that?
In Nollywood, we are still starting. You cannot compare the two to Nollywood, because we don’t have the financial muscle to do what they are doing.
What are the major challenges facing the Nigerian film industry?
Distribution outlets, but above all, funds.
What advice do you have for up-and-coming entertainers?
They have to persevere and always ask God for His grace.
Thanks for speaking to ONITSHA GRA.
It’s my pleasure.