Mo Abudu has taken to social media to respond to critics following her recent announcement on co-producing a film base on the arrest of embattled social media influencer Ramon Abass also known as Hushpuppi.
The Ebonylife Studio boss took to her Instagram page to explain why it was necessary to have a Nigerian studio backing up the story.
According to Mo Abudu, there are to be learnt from both good and bad stories.
“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.