Veteran Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki from the famed movie, Aki and Paw paw has said the social media phrase “Old vs New” as it relates to Nollywood was coined by overzealous Gen Z performers in an attempt to exert some kind of superiority.
He spoke in the latest episode of the TeaTalk podcast hosted by actress, Toke Makinwa.
According to Aki, “There’s this thing now, Old Nollywood and New Nollywood. It’s absurd.”
“I think the Gen Zs in Nollywood are trying to make it look like, ‘Oh! We’re the latest. We’re the Hollywood standards. We’re the best. We know it all.”
Meanwhile, a guest on the podcast, comedian Bovi disagreed with Aki’s position.
“It’s not even just them (Gen Z)Let me tell you one thing that is common. I think it’s general in Nigeria but let me speak on the entertainment industry. Those before tend to look down on newcomers. They would be like, ‘Who’s this? Me, I’ve been in this business. I’m an aunty. She just came and said hi. Who’s this guy? He can’t behave himself. Does he know how long you’ve been doing it?”. Bovi said
Bovi further stated that older actors are a guilty of this issues, stressing that amongst the ‘Old Nollywood’, many of them have seniority complexes.