By Nwobodo Chidiebere
‘’The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’’ –Edmund Burke
A society starts to deteriorate when the foundations and pillars of its core value system begins to decay. The prosperity and stability of a nation is directly proportional to the moral standard being exhibited by the citizens of the nation. A country cannot experience political and economic stability beyond the moral stability of her inhabitants. Morality is not only the essence of life, but also what defines it by attaching meaning and purpose to it. A society experiencing acute moral bankruptcy is like a ship or an aircraft that has lost its rudder in the middle of an ocean or in the sky.
Nigerian entertainment industry started on a very good note by being a beacon of hope for young, talented, and aspiring stars. The entertainment industry has not only helped to develop talents and create jobs for our teeming youths, but has gone a long way in displaying and selling our cultures and traditions beyond the shores of the land.
Without fear of contradiction, the present-day players in the entertainment industry have drifted from the original vision of the founding fathers of the industry by turning the once-use-to-known beacon of morality into cankerworms and valley of moral decadence!
It is very unfortunate and appalling that the majority of the so-called stars in the industry who are being celebrated by the youths are morally bankrupt and mentally deranged people who have sold their conscience to the devil by using their God’s giving talents to promote sexuality and other forms of immorality in the society. The majority of the movie directors and producers in the present-day Nollywood, without knowing have transformed themselves from human beings into wild beasts by enhancing and encouraging sex-for-a-role syndrome in the industry.
Apart from the ugly trend of sex-for-a-role syndrome gaining popularity on daily basis in the industry, Nigerian entertainment industry has not only become an all-comers affair for both mentally stable and unstable people, but has become a yardstick to measure the extent of which moral decadence has eaten deep into the marrows of the society! The kinds of pornographically inclined Movies and music videos being churn-out of the industry into our homes are worthless!
Sometimes, I begin to question the motives and intentions of the producers of these thoughtless and senseless films and music videos, which are only aimed at defiling and mutilating the conscience and moral values of our youths! As if that is not enough, the satanic agents in the industry who masquerade as Directors and Producers have gone as far as copying the negative antics of Hollywood Directors and Producers who are widely known as gays and lesbians by introducing movies that promotes homosexuality and lesbianism into the Nollywood industry.
Homosexuality and lesbianism are gaining acceptability among our youths today because of how Nollywood has been progressing in error by promoting these satanic devices, which is ravaging the moral sanctity of our youths like a wild fire, which the National Assembly has made legislation against. They have not only used their morally defective films to promote satanic lifestyle of homosexuality in the society, but also succeeded in using their evil-minded films to lure some youths into these dastardly and barbaric acts!
The entertainment industry is also facilitating the speed at which brain drain is ravaging our society today like a hurricane by massively churning-out thoughtless and morally defective films and offensive music videos. These videos have no intellectual; moral, spiritual, and societal values on the populace watching them, rather they have gone a way to corrupt and pollute the minds of our youths by wrongly redefining the true meaning of wealth; sex, love, relationship, friendship, marriage and witchcraft, etc.
Ironically, majority of our youths who are aspiring to become great and famous have been caught up in between these two extremes of the same ideological spectrum—inability to strike a balance between popularity and morality by compromising their principles in other to become famous or celebrities without realising that popularity without morality equals to spiritual emptiness! Unfortunately, many of those who are parading themselves as models or celebrities in the industry are people suffering from moral bankruptcy and spiritual emptiness. Imagine a pathetic situation, where our youths are looking up to these kinds of people as role models, it can be likened to a situation where blindfolded people are struggling to lead the sighted. What an irony!
Imagine a situation where people like Mercy Johnson; Chika Ike, Yul Edochie, Ramsey Noah, Van Vicker, Frank Atus, etc, who are still struggling to define the true meaning of life for themselves are trying to do it for others through their love and sex movies! Imagine a group of morally bankrupt people of which majority of them were brought up in orphanages, motherless babies homes and ghettos without any atom of moral values trying to present themselves as role models to Nigerian youths.
Can Mr. Flavour, Timaya and their cohorts explain to Nigerians the motives and intentions behind their pornographic music videos they are promoting to weaken and cripple the moral foundation of our society by polluting the minds of Nigerian youths with their dirty-evil-minded music videos? Are these so-called spiritually emptied and conscienceless celebrities working as devil’s incarnates to win souls for their grandmaster—Lucifer with their God-given talents? Can we continue to watch the entertainment industry to keep progressing in error by leading our youths astray? Is this a sign of end time? Why do we allow the end time to begin from Nigeria? These are some of the overwhelming questions begging and yearning for answers.
The speed of light at which moral decadence is permeating every facet of our society is already raising concern. It is proof that our religious bodies like Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and their counterparts in other religion have defaulted on their moral and constitutional obligations by drifting from the original visions of the founding fathers of the religious associations; which is to act as the custodians of morality and spirituality to becoming platforms of propaganda being manipulated by selfish politicians to advance their parochial and myopic interests.
Our religious leaders should wake up from their slumber and complacency in other to save our societal values from being further eroded by the pollutions coming out of the entertainment industry as films and music videos! Government regulatory agencies in the industry should sit up by enforcing all the regulatory powers arrogated to them by the acts of parliament establishing them to save our moral values from further decay.
Government should kick-start this stringent policy by banning all the films and music videos that promote immorality; both imported and locally produced ones. Home videos coming from Ghana in particular should be properly scrutinize before allowing them to go into our markets, because evidence has shown that Ghanaian film producers are more inclined to shooting films that have pornographic tendencies! All hands must be on deck to fight this menace of moral decadence, because it seems like the moral bond binding our society together can no longer hold again; things have started falling apart, apology to late Chinua Achebe of blessed memory. We cannot escape the moral responsibility of safeguarding our core value system for tomorrow by dogging it today.
Chidiebere is president, Progressive Youth of Nigeria; writes from Abuja, [email protected]
Q1 The entertainment industry is facilitating brain drain ravaging our society today by massively churning-out thoughtless and morally defective films and offensive music videos. These videos have no intellectual, moral, spiritual, and societal values
Can we continue to watch the entertainment industry to keep progressing in error by leading our youths astray? Is this a sign of end time? ….It is proof that our religious bodies like Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN and their counterparts in other religion have defaulted on their moral and constitutional obligations