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Nollywood producers urged to make films about peace

04 June 2014, 19:15

Lagos - Several stakeholders in the nation’s entertainment industry on Tuesday urged producers in Nollywood to produce films that would enhance peace and security.

They made the call in separate interviews in Lagos.

Richard Okorie, a lecturer in the Theatre and Arts Department of the Lagos State University (LASU), said that as key players, film makers were in a vantage position to promote peace.

He also said that they had a responsibility through their work not only to entertain but to serve as agents of positive change and development.

Another lecturer, Prof. Ahmed Yerima of the Redeemer’s University in Ogun, urged filmmakers to produce films with great relevance to the society.

He said the filmmaker was a cultural advocate and so they must see their films as a tool for the modernising the people of Africa.

He noted that often in filmmaking, the society was the object in providing information and so the filmmaker could be seen as a scientist because he used the film as a medium to affect human psychology.

Yerima added that it was not a matter of how society could enjoy art but what areas of socio-economic problems and solutions of the African society the artwork reflects


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