In just a few days the doors will open to international flights from Nigeria and that will be the cue for those who are stuck here to pack their bags and make a run for it.

Places of worship around the country have also been affected by the new opening directive and so religious leaders are mounting altars once again.

Restaurants are back to in-dining, whether they were expressly ordered to do so or not.  Markets are in full bloom, disregarding most of the safety precaution directive laid out for its operations. Overall, all sectors of the economy are slowly being turned on.

But in the attempt towards normalcy, one industry has been conspicuously ignored in all the directives and they have resorted to calling out this unfair selectiveness.

The entertainment industry, in spite of its track record of being one of the biggest revenue-generating industries have been left shut. Enquiries into why the shutdown has remained even with the opening of virtually every other sector in Lagos, has been met with stony silence.

 A few concerned entertainers like ace rapper, Falz have bemoaned the closed cinemas as an attempt to stifle the sector while ‘Living in Bondage’ star, Swanky JKA compared an open cinema experience with a three-hour local flight from Kaduna to Lagos, wondering why the former is regarded as unsafe while the latter isn’t.

Veteran actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and convener of the entertainment event TEFFEST, has also been vocal about the unexplained closure of cinemas in Lagos.

Their protest has been fashioned into a campaign called #SaveCinemas that is slowly garnering some viral following in the wake of the series of Cinema-directed outcries. Is there a conspiracy at play that is geared towards stifling the entertainment industry, or is the government not yet convinced about the safety measures articulated by cinema stakeholders?

Is this simply a subtle show of force by the powers that be, to get content creators in line and guarantee their compliance when the time comes to collect the controversial 5%?

We can only make arm chair assumptions based on our personal biases, while in cinemas around the nation, viewing seats remain unoccupied and the lights remain off.

This article was written by Henri ‘Yireconnect on Instagram with him here


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