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OUTSPOKEN: Nike Adebayo Asks “Is Nudity & Porn in African Movies An Evolution or Regression?”

   

By ‘Nike Adebayo

Recently, I was asked to watch and review a Ghanaian movie titled “Single & Married”, and I was filled with regret after watching it. I had just wasted 1hr 45mins of my existence on a baseless, porn-filled movie. To say I was ashamed of every actor that took part in that movie would be an understatement. Have you seen any music videos of late? They are filled with naked women jumping up and down, degrading themselves and allowing themselves to be abused by men. Which way Africa?

Over the past decade, the African movie industry (Nollywood, Ghallywood and all the other woods) have grown tremendously. The change in storyline, level of talent and standard of production that is evident in most African movies is beyond commendation. With particular focus on Nollywood/Ghallywood movie, it is evident that producers are challenging themselves to do better while the actors are taking more time to learn about the characters they portray. Indeed, the African Entertainment Industry is taking the world by storm. However, with growth comes change and that change is not always a positive one.

Nudity, sex, porn and unexplained wealth have become the order of the day in Nollywood/Ghallywood movies. There is hardly any movie or music video that does not entail any of the aforementioned. African movies have drifted away from the slogan “less is more” and have made porn/nudity the means of selling movies and music videos. Decency has been left for the dogs and protruding cleavages, tattoos and skimpy clothing is now the “selling point.” Talent has taken a back seat to the ability to wear daisy dukes shorts and cat-walk down the red carpet.

The values, morals, traditions and standards that separate African movies from others are being torn down. Some movies and music videos are destroying the foundation upon which the industry was built. Why must we be like the westerners? Can’t we grow and become civilized without trading our dignity and substance? Let a porn movie be it and let a home video be it. A combination of both is misleading, degrading and unacceptable. What about are the young ones? What impression is Nollywood laying on their innocent minds? Gone are the days when you could enjoy a home video in the company of family members; you never know what shocking display of immorality will be displayed in the movie.

Another movie that accurately depicts this insanity is “My First Wife.” From the inception of the movie, I could tell it was made for the trash. One second I’m watching an “ok” movie, and the next second they are having blown out, uncensored sex! Say what? “Aint nobody got time for that.” Yoruba movies are no exception. Movies such as “Omo Gucci” and “Ija Ashawo” are just typical example of mismanagement of funds. Imagine Dangote investing is hard earned money is such rubbish? To begin to name names and compile a list of movies/producers that have fallen prey to these evil deeds will be an absolute waste of my time and yours.

But then I ask myself, who is to blame? Do we blame the producers of the movies who allow their funds to be used in such unimaginable ways? Or do we blame the actors and actresses who partake in acts? Maybe we should blame the social media/bloggers who give airtime to and celebrate these actors/actresses? We could even blame the system/politicians/organizations who constantly dash our “awards” to mediocre actors and actresses? Who do we blame?

Looking at the totality of the circumstance, I am forced to ask myself whether the African Entertainment Industry is indeed growing and evolving or rather regressing. The impact of this wrong is felt on the society. People are influenced by what they see. There is increase in rape, nudity and money rituals. Ladies are doing all they can to wear Brazilian hair while men have turned criminals just so they can drive a 2013 Rang Rover at age of 22. Hard work now takes too long; just show your boobs, look pretty and you are star. I’m saddened, my heart is broken. Which way Africa?

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Writer: Adenike “Chatty” Adebayo is a Law student, Nollywood Movie Reviewer and Blogger who is passionate about God, purpose and relationships. She’s the Chief Editor of www.prodigaldaughter.com and www.girlsonthemission.com. She also runs a YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/Smexymiable) where she reviews Nollywood movies. Adenike spends her time pursing all her passions relentlessly. You can contact her at adenikeoadebayo@yahoo.com or on Twitter @NollywoodMovRev

 

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12 Comments

12 Comments

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    Eya Ayambem

    March 11, 2013 at 9:34 am

    God bless you Nike. I am so saddened by this development and I strongly believe it’s a REGRESSION.

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    Sunday Aiyedogbon

    March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Well said nike, we africans are just trying to copy the westeners and do what they do without realising that even them (westerners) cherish our values which we have thrown to the dogs. Its a high level of regression which should be checked.

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    Boye Falonipe

    March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am

    The devil is the “prince of the air” and he is exerting greater influence on the media in this phase of human existence. It is time for him to rake in a harvest, the media is his largest sickle. While we bemoan what we see in home vidoes and music, our focus should be to create alternative content with high quality, so that undecided viewers and the already lost can have a respite.

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    Sola Francisca

    March 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Kudos dear, the truth needs 2 be told and there should be a visible delineation between a PORN and HOME VIDEO.keep this up.

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    oloruntoba Oni

    March 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I was telling one of my friends yesterday that I think bollywood is really trying cos you
    Can never see anything pornography I their films. African movies are full of immorallity, nudity and even their story line does not make any sense. Nike this article is awesome. Thank God for people like you
    In the industry. More Grace.

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    tobi

    March 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Well done, good justice, at d same time, you have only pointed out the problem.. You also have the capability to profer recommended solutions and most importantly,few words of encouragement to few part of the movie industry who are doing well. seeing it from dat perspective, an investor or an individual with a normal opinion wud think dats the way it is for all d films in nig industry which I’m sure its not so. Nice one

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    Unyime-Ivy King

    March 17, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    It is a sad trend indeed, and like I would always say, foundation is everything in life. When we get it right in the family, we will get it right in the society because all these deviant behavior started somewhere-it has a root and a father, mother, aunty or uncle should have helped nip it in the bud by not condoning nudity in any form. As long as mothers dress their toddlers like miniature sluts, we will continue to have this problem. Sadly enough, movies are a parody of what is happening in our society. Somewhere along the line, someone started equating nudity with westernization, and like a forest that has been set on fire in the dry season, the fire is raging. It is indeed sad!

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    Faith Kel

    March 17, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Nice writeup …
    Regression- it’s high-time the Truth be told.

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    ij

    June 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I remember watching movies with my parents while I was growing up and mum will task you the moral behind the story. I feel pained that I can’t even watch a music video with my kids talk less of a movie.

    All I let them watch is cartoons which I must watch first. Our artistes are yet to understand that acting nude doesn’t make you talented.

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