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Gangs of Lagos: We had to pay before we could shoot in Isale Eko – Chioma Akpotha

Nollywood actress, Chioma Akpotha has disclosed how the producers of Gangs of Lagos had to pay before they were allowed to shoot the movie in the area.

Gangs of Lagos; Isale Eko, had the Nigerian movie industry steering into a unprecedented direction with a beautiful story line and amazing scripting.

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The beautiful scenes and screen play was not to be achieved without encountering difficult challenges.

Speaking in a recent interview on The Corner Shop Network, she disclosed that the residents of the area were initially against them shooting the movie, but eventually gave in after they were given some money.

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She said, “[filming in the ghetto] Wasn’t all fun. Initially, there was a pushback. They [locals] were like ‘No, you guys can’t do this. Nobody is going to come here.

“Then the other camps said ‘This is our land’. They were like show us some love. You know what it means”

“Afterwards, because we filmed for a little over 50 days. You know when you see someone constantly for day-to-day, two weeks, three weeks. So, we became like friends and then family to have them [locals] play some sort of roles in the film”.

They were involved. It gave them so much joy and they did it with all of their hearts. Even though they were compensated, they wanted to do it out of love.”