Nigeria's actors guild and the quest for royalties
Cast from 76, the movie.  Source: Kunle Ogunfuyi via Flickr

As the Nigerian film industry expands with multiple avenues for producers to make money, actors have expressed the need to be paid for each reuse of films they feature in. 

From television airings to streaming, every new license should count as additional wages for them too, they proclaim.

Actors want a residual payment. 

Residuals are royalties paid to actors when a movie or TV production is licensed for redistribution, after the initial release. It is an industry practice, which began in Hollywood through the actors union —the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). 

With the advent of television, films initially released in theatres were broadcast to viewers repeatedly. Actors wanted a renewed contract authorising these television reruns. It was put in place in 1952, chaired by Ronald Reagan, the President of the guild at the time. 

Like Nigeria, film industries in South-Africa and Ghana have also

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