Nigerian filmmaker and storyteller, Tunde Kelani has called on Nigerians to join forces with the government to fight piracy.

The cinematographer and producer made this call at this year’s edition of Yoruba Latokun.

The event was held at the Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi Lagos.

According to the veteran filmmaker, who is also the Chairman of the Board of the National Film and Video Censors Board, he said piracy had almost wrecked the creative and industry adding that he has been a victim of the menace.

Kelani said; “There is one of the movies of Mainframe Productions that has up to five pirated versions, barrowed across major cities in Nigeria. In fact, some of the versions did not give appropriate credit to Mainframe Productions.

“It is our collective responsibility to fight piracy because it has eaten deep into the creative industry. Many people have gone bankrupt as a result of this menace. We have a movie made in 2014 but we have not been able to release till date due to the fear of piracy.”

Kelani urged Nigerians to “desist from purchasing pirated copies of creative works” and instead, “purchase original works from credible outlets” which will be a “great boost for the creative industry.”

He also made reference to the foreign movies that are been imported to Nigeria without authorisation.

“There are some movies shipped into the country without the authorisation and all of these need to be checked so that the nation does not keep harbouring unapproved visual contents,” he added.

He also urged Nigerians to be proud of their culture.

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