Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Buhari advises Nollywood “Stop promoting violence and sex in your movies”


President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerian filmmakers against promoting violence and sex scenes in their movies.
The president also urged movie practitioners to endeavour to always
project the country in a positive light.
Buhari sent the message to the movie
industry in a foreword written in a brochure on the film industry.

The brochure was titled, “Nigerian Film
Industry at a Glance” and it was published
by the Africa Film Academy.
Buhari was quoted to have said:
“The Nigerian film industry that is now
called Nollywood, in the fashion of the
American, Hollywood and Indian, Bollywood started as the effort of a group
of enterprising young men and women
who traded on their talents and sheer
determination without anyone paying
attention.
“It has now metamorphosed into a big
industry employing thousands of people,
contributing to the national Gross Domestic Product and empowering a new generation of creative entrepreneurs.”
“Our government will continue to support
the creative sectors of its economy so as to encourage our teeming youths while we
enjoin our filmmakers to continue to project the image of Nigeria and the continent of Africa in a positive way lthrough their story lines. Filmmakers
should not make films for art sake. Films
should be functional and socially relevant.”
“Filmmakers, whether local or those who
come here to use our facilities, must
however be sensitive to our cultures and
religions. They must not glamorise
violence or sexual vulgarity in all their
forms. They must not promote racism or
ethnic superiority or demonize any religion
or culture.
“I want to see more films that celebrate our diversity, films that celebrate the
achievements of our people, films that
promote social causes of right to education, films that tells us the evil of domestic violence against men and women, films that inspire hope and faith in our country and humanity in general. I am confident that Nollywood would go from strength to strength.”
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