Ebonylife Studio boss, Mo Abudu has stated reasons on why she decided to co-produce a movie based on the arrest of Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Abass aka Hushpuppi.
Abudu took to her Instagram page to respond to critics clearly stating why it is necessary to have a Nigerian studio back up the story.
According to her, if they don’t take up the story, someone else will adding that a Nigerian backup is needed to authenticate the storyline.
“Firstly, there are many lessons to be learnt from good and bad stories,”
“Secondly if we do not tell this story, someone else will and to ensure that this story is told with authenticity, a Nigerian storyteller with our pedigree needs to be involved.
“Too often, these types of characters are one-dimensional and feed into the worst stereotypes. Hushpuppi’s story is based on a real person whose story is already partly known to the world but the film gives us a real chance to tell a cautionary tale about a character formed by his environment and life choices.
“The films of Martin Scorsese are a great example of a filmmaker telling richly layered stories of criminal characters from his heritage that we’ve all grown to love, without ever creating the impression that all Italian-Americans are members of the mafia. Needless to say, all Nigerians are not 419 scam artists.”