Peace Anyiam-Osigwe tackles lawmakers over statement on Nollywood, rituals

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the president of the Association of Movie Producers in Nigeria, has tackled Nigerian lawmakers for saying that Nollywood is responsible for the surge in rituals killings.

In a recent statement titled The Gods are to Blame, Anyiam-Osigwe, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Movie Academy Awards,(AMAA) opined that the lawmakers exhibited their ignorance with their submission.

She said: “The high level of ignorance exhibited by the members of our house of representatives, in deciding that the fact that our films mirror our societies ills is the reason money-making rituals are on the rise, is inexcusable. Unfortunately, this shows how little our so-called political leaders actually understand the structures with which the Nigerian film industry operates.

“Stories abound as to how political aspirants have to swear oaths of allegiance to their godfathers, as prostitutes, who are being trafficked abroad also do.”

She added: “Rather than take cognisance of all these, we all sit down and concentrate on the blame game! Is it not time that we begin to really look at the foundations of what has brought us here? Fraudulent acts mixed with rituals, which is widely referred to as Yahoo plus, is no different from the infamous ritualistic acts, Otokoto, and high-net fraud that reigned supreme in the 90s and early 2000s.”

The award-winning filmmaker also blamed the politicians for the youth’s resort to quick and illegal wealth while lamenting on the lawmakers’ inabilities to implement life-changing policies.

“In furtherance, our government keeps up the blame game blaming everyone but themselves for the failed country they created. The people whose job is to safeguard us are known to be in cahoot with these so-called ritualists. Our legislators can’t implement policies that will restore dignity to our communities.

“The politicians are why the youths believe that you can only be wealthy through rituals yet Nollywood that is receiving the bashing is the most successful brand out of Nigeria being Africa’s highest content market plus second in the world,” she concluded.