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Tomiwa Awoyera: 10 Incorrect Notions Nollywood Sells To Us

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Tripican Nollywood Actors of 2015 - BellaNaija - December 2015006Nollywood films satisfy their fans through entertainment, education and motivation; but most of their scenes seem to be fake i.e. no reality. Most of what they present to us in some of the scenes are mostly unrealistic and sometimes too predictable. For example, will a Yoruba movie be completed without the visit to any Baba? All we watch is all about money rituals, witches, and wizards. Some of the films don’t portray the truth people want and that is why some people lost their interest of watching Nollywood movies and switch to foreign movies.
The education aspects in film are not featured nowadays. Anybody can just sit down and form a story line then put it in acting without proper editing. In fact, some of the popular songs by musicians are used as story line, which has no message for the viewers. The story line of the past seems better than this present one. The video quality is another problem the Nollywood films are facing. Some of these movies are not clear enough to watch due to the picture quality and recording.

Here are some of the things which we watch on Nollywood film that are not true.

1. Recently, I watched a film where the armed robbers attacked a chief’s house. The armed robbers just appeared in the room. Nobody knows how they entered through the gate. If we have to relate that with what is happening in real life, the armed robbers will have to ask the victim to open the door and if he refuses then they will break in. Another thing that surprises me is that they will have to cock the modern gun two to three times before shooting and after the shot which is always at the chest, there is no sign of blood stain on the victim.

2. The accident scene is also a part which is very funny to me. Imagine, a man was just driving then a spirit appeared on the road and the man was unable to control the steering then park at the side of the road. The next thing we are going to see is blood all over his body.

3. Witches run mad or die when confessing. Why is it that any time the witches in Nollywood films are confessing they either run mad or die? This is very common in the Nollywood film, when you see a witch confessing and after the confession they either die or run mad. We have heard about so many wicked ones who confess their wicked act and nothing happened to them in our society. Even after the confession some of them work for God. So, what message are they passing across to us? After confession is death? These are some of the untrue scenes in Nollywood films.

4. If the police in Nollywood film want to arrest a suspect, why are they so aggressive and more efficient? There is a common saying “police are your friend”. But that is not the case in Nollywood. When they want to arrest, they take it as if they want to arrest a criminal by pointing the gun to the suspect and treat him badly before getting to the station.

5. I will also mention the aspect of flash back in Nollywood movies. Flashbacks are always in black and white. It is only in Nollywood movies that will show Yinka Quadri ten years ago making phone call at the side of the road and a bill board close to him inscribe “Vote Buhari 2015”. And their future scenes are always between 2 to 15 years after.

6. Also, the hospital scene aspect in Nollywood film looks unprofessional. They will just find a small room and a small bed nothing more. Then, the only thing the doctors in Nollywood movies will use to treat a patient with heart failure, typhoid, malaria etc is placing the stethoscope on their chest and that’s all. It is also common in a police station scene whereby just one room and a desk is used as office.

7. Grandmothers are wicked.
Nollywood movies also make us believe in most of their films that grandmothers are wicked, in particularly the husband’s mother. In Nollywood movies, the grandmothers are always the ones that do evil to their son’s wife if he refuses to marry the wife of choice. So, they have made it known to the female youth that are yet to marry, that their husbands’ mothers are wicked. This is not true.

8. Traditional idol worshippers are evil.
80% of the Nollywood movies that I have watched, the traditional idol worshippers are the only ones who carry out evil act. They condemn this particular religion in most of their films. In Nigeria, we have three major types of religion, the Christian, Muslim, and the traditional worshippers. So, they should not condemn any of them, because they all have their way of worship.

9. Illness are caused by curses.
Barrenness, mental, malaria etc illnesses are caused by curses in Nollywood films. So, they advise people not to seek medical attention but rather visit the native doctors for help. This has polluted so many minds that they don’t believe in going to the hospital for medical if they have any type of these illness because they watch it on their home video.

10. The only way to get rich is through rituals.
In most of the Nollywood films, the only way to get rich in life is through rituals. 99% of people who are poor in their movies later end up doing rituals in order to get rich.

In conclusion, Nollywood industry in Nigeria should work on their storylines. Script writers should improve on their research and they should provide enough funding for their movies. Also, genuine talented actors should be made use of in their films in order to provide better production for their fans. They should also give more suspense to their movies so as to hold the interest of the viewers.

Awoyera Tomiwa is young Nigerian student and enterprising blogger, who is passionate about the state of things in this country. He resides in Ibadan, Oyo state. He writes technical content and in the politics and entertainment niche.

36 Comments

  1. Mama

    May 30, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    My dear Tomiwa… It will not be Nollywood if it lost the 10 facts you’ve listed. These things are part of the entertainment factor of Nollywood.
    It’s like a Hollywood movie where “Superman” is killed, or “The Avengers” fail in a mission. Nollywood is loved because of its drama. Only a crazy person will think everything they see in Nollywood movies are true. It’s just the way it’s crazy to think Superman is real.
    We are not Americans so let us celebrate and embrace our own!!!
    My two (cents) kobo!!

  2. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    May 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Nollywood=Magic

  3. A Real Nigerian

    May 30, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    “Awoyera Tomiwa is 17 year old Nigerian
    student and enterprising blogger, who is
    passionate about the state of things in this
    country.”
    What is it about Nigeria that you’re passionate about? The widespread poverty? The lawlessness? The lack of roads, water or electricity? The shamefully corrupt government? The stupid, ignorant, greedy masses? The sad state of education, healthcare and the economy? What exactly? Or are you passionate about mediocrity?

    • bodunade

      May 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      @A REAL NIGERIA,
      Nne/Nna, odikwa very confusing. When people say they are passionate about Nigeria I dey always confuse o.
      Is it the landmass or the scarcity of tomatoes that’s evoking the passion.

    • Na wa

      May 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      If you are not passionate, you are free to take a seat. You can’t assume that simply because you have no sense of patriotism, others have none as well. All some people know how to do is criticize, criticize, criticize, e never tire una?!

    • "changing moniker"

      June 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    • Chu

      May 31, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I take it that he is passionate about Nigeria in that he sees a greater Nigeria, not bedeviled by the things we see now. I know our generation is jaded but let us not discourage a young boy passionate about his country, after all they are the ones that can bring about a change.
      I am glad that a 17 year old has the presence of mind to write this article

  4. nikky

    May 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Nollywood or Hollywood it’s all the same. They are in the business of entertaining us by selling us fantasy. Movies are not real. Some of them have messages and stories that mirror reality others don’t. It’s left to the viewer to either be entertained or educated. Unfortunately some movies watchers always look to movies to depict reality. It’s not possible.
    The problem I personally have with Nigerian movies is the quality. Either the production is down right wack or the story is unnecessarily long and incoherent. I would also like Nigerian movie makers to make movies more sympathetic to traditional worshipers. I don’t believe every ifa worshiper or amadioha follower is evil. After all everyone likes Thor.

  5. Bodunade

    May 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    If the script is too real or complex best believe the target audience is not going to feel it. Same reason wizkid, davido and the likes have more fans. Nigerians just want entertainment nothing that requires too much thinking. Life is hard enough lol.
    Why spend so much time and effort on a movie bootleggers in Alaba will be the ones to benefit from.
    We have exceptions though, One of the best movies I have Ever seen is DRY by Stephanie okereke, beautiful acting and some parts were so painful to watch. Guess what? We were not up to 5 at the cinema lol.
    If the audience isn’t ready for what you are giving, best believe you are wasting your time.

  6. Abuja Bored Girl

    May 30, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    This topic is highly over flogged, abeg let it rest. If you feel so passionate about this why don’t you make your own movies and be the change you want to see.

  7. bruno

    May 30, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    nigerian movies destroy the brain. the most superstitious people ever love nigerian movies.

    if u watch nigerian movies or indian movies, both of us cant be friends. there are also some dumb hollywood movies. anything tyler perry, I avoid. empire is another example of bad hollywood entertainment. I just cant associate with u if u watch such bad entertainment. also, vampire and werewolves ,I avoid that sh!t. anything high school or cheerleader or over romantic, I avoid also. the worst is yoruba films.if u watch yoruba movies u better stay the hell away from me.

    I love intelligent entertainment. something that will stimulate my brain and also entertain me.

    • Ruby Doo

      May 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      This post would not be complete without some diatribe from Bruno! Not withstanding what kind of Nollywood films is this Tomiwa watching? Certainly not the ones from 2000’s. The more recent films dont have the complaints you mentioned. Anyway, we have heard you. Remain passionate about Nigeria, It is well,

    • Puzzles

      May 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Bruno, mind yourself o! Bollywood for example is doing really well and has left Nollywood far behind. Watch the latest Bollywood movies, you’ll be surprised that how advanced they have gone in terms of visual effects, graphics etc.

      As per story line, I have appreciated some Bollywood movies more than Hollywood movies. Films like My Name is Khan (Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol), 3 idiots (Aamir Khan), We Are Family (Kajol and Kareena Kapoor), Fanaa (Aamir Khan and Kajol) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol) are in my personal list of 25 best movies and I have boldly recommend them to critics of Bollywood movies like you. Some have watched and appreciated them too.

      Sadly, no Nollywood film is on my list but some are really good e.g. Mr. and Mrs. Give Nollywood time. They are getting there.

  8. olu

    May 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    You never see naija police in action b4? Abeg nollywood even underplays the aggression. Nor worry, since you are passionate about naija, you will soon see it.

    2. Nollywood has also moved past the points stated above. We used to critic them for these before but they are no longer at that level except you are just seeing the old movies.

    Like someone said Hollywood, bollywood, nollywood they are selling us someone”s fantasy and because they are fantasies they can’t be 100per cent accurate.

    I was surprised when I found out that all those Hollywood films we used to watch and die for as kids have so many flaws as well if you watch them again.

    Have you ever wondered why the actor never dies in Hollywood movies despite the fact that he is captured, tied, wounded and secluded in one heavily secured warehouse in the outskirts with 25 men and 10 security doors againt him. He alone will face them and the doors and kill all of them! Haba!!!

    I think our industry is growing and need encouragement and government support against piracy. Kunle afolayan, stephanie okeke, dayo amusa. Nse. Uche jumbo etc ain’t doing badly these days. Go see their movies and let’s talk again dear

  9. Ayo Jabaru

    May 30, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    He’s 17 years old people,please let the criticism be light…Tomiwa,you write well. I totally get your point but really as nigerians we have too much to think about and we just take whatever we are given (entertainment). It wont be entertaining if you have to think so hard.

  10. seyi

    May 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    You guys take it easy on the dude/girl Abeg…

  11. Petite afrique

    May 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I swear to God, I was going to comment : the writer of this article has the mind of a child. And suddenly I saw the profile of the 17 year old.
    Anyways, most of what he wrote is true.

  12. Sigh

    May 30, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    What has happened to the educational standards in Nigeria? How can a secondary school graduate write like this??? And BellaNaija you guys didn’t think to edit this? I had a terrible headache reading this. If he was 10 sure its acceptable but at 17 this is ridiculous. Please Tomiwa face the important things in life. Nollywood movies do not fall into that category. Use your passion for Nigeria to invent something or provide solutions to a problem. Also read! read! read! The more you read, the better your vocabulary and writing style become.

    • Double Sigh

      May 31, 2016 at 9:26 am

      You had a headache reading this so what should we do? Talk about a sense of self-importance. Nonsense

  13. Spunky

    May 30, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I understand your angle @ poster. Entertainment in this part of the world is pretty light. A little something most people can connect to. I used to like Hallmark ( been a while I watched that channel). Point is, most of us prefer easy stories we can comprehend and quickly adapt to. Take am as you see am my brother.

  14. Angie

    May 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Fine, nolly wood is not as good as Hollywood but they have greatly improved in the last few years. I keep telling people, the yoruba movies are so much better than the English ones. And I have watched so many yoruba movies without baba’s.
    Plus the subtitles make me laugh.

  15. X-Factor

    May 30, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Tomiwa, very good job, you rock absolutely, keep the fire!!! weldone

  16. Sheri

    May 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Your write up has show that you are just that. A “17 year old.” This same picture you used for this post? Have you watched the movie it’s from, at all? The same movie the picture is from was not in alignment with any of the points you made here. In fact you wouldn’t be able to find reference to any of your prejudiced based points in that same movie. It seems to me it’s been a few years since you last watched a Nollywood movie. Because Nollywood has come a long way from the way you have presented here. There are a ton of impressive movies on the likes of IROKO TV. I always wonder why people like yourself do nothing but bring down, focus on only the negatives and not the positives. Or why don’t you bring forth some constructive criticism. Let me tell you Hollywood can be UNREALISTIC. But guess what? It’s allowed. Because they are “movies” . They can be fictional and non-fictional. I urge you to go forth and do more research by yourself about Nollywood. I can give you a list of movies if you’d like. By the way the picture is from the movie called “The visit”. Watch it and get back to me.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      May 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Your write up is about 100times worse than that of the writer. Your rants were not coordinated and erratic. Instead of you to offer constructive criticism you went about ranting off point. The issue here is what the boy noticed in Nollywood movies that he has seen. You either counter his points with valid examples or tell him the kind of Nollywood movies to watch. I bet you are one of these Nollywood artistes that churn out irrelevance. msheeeew! What has his age got to do with the write up?

    • Tunds

      May 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Your comment was rather mean dont you think?. Constructive criticism would have been way better. Keep in mind he is a 17 year old boy. I agree with you that the new nollywood movies are way better. You could subtly told him this and not go off on him the way you did.

  17. AmaPra Twia(Ghana)

    May 31, 2016 at 2:44 am

    It is not just Nollywood. The same thing happens in Ghallywood films as well. Another problem is the overuse of the same actors and actresses, bad script writing, bad cinematography, and LAFA(it is a term used in Ghana, meaning Locally Acquired Foreign Accent). I would much rather settle for local Akan films known as Kumawood although it also has bad scripts, poor cinematography, and the same actors and actresses. At least the actors and actresses can act and they do not use LAFA.

  18. Cis

    May 31, 2016 at 5:30 am

    The future of the nation lies in the hands of the youth so maybe his passion is what we need to change things around . The kid is only 17, allow him be passionate about whatever he wants to be passionate about. For his age, he deserves a pass and not blatant criticism.

  19. person

    May 31, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Guys… the writer is 17. Probably his/ her first time blogging on a major public forum- and that alone takes guts that should be commended! Lets offer constructive criticism please. And truth be told, s/he writes better than plenty “adults” on line.

    well done Tomiwa. keep at it you will get better!!

    • Toese

      May 31, 2016 at 11:48 am

      As in mehn some people sha
      I think thus is a good write-up by a 17 year old and here we have some adults like some pple here behaving gra-gra
      Well done jare T and more grease to your elbow

  20. whocares

    May 31, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. HOH honey, but these reasons are why we the ‘were and asiwins’ love nollywood. lool. I suppose a fairer article will acknowledge that these trends are changing though. I have watched some veryy veryyy good nollywood movies that have not been this cliche, but yes as it concerns old school nollywood movies? Yes, we like our prostitutes to wear their uniform of “shorts and thigh high boots”, house helps with all back and jajajaga hair, to have our actresses with the same hair during flash back and “present day” scenes, and as for the person who helps a dying person? instant murderer. LMAOOOO. I liked this. lol.

  21. Simi

    May 31, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I appreciate that Bella Naija has incorporated a teenager in it’s blogging but please, try to ensure that the posts are edited before broadcast.

  22. Mary Scott

    May 31, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Really? I’m still wondering how this article made it to BN. The issue is not just overflogged; even the writing is one kain. Dear 17 year old, Keep writing sha…

    • Smh

      May 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Madam Mary Scott, I wonder what YOU could write at 17. If it hadn’t been mentioned in his bio that he is 17, would you guys be attacking him like this? I suspect not. Say No to Ageism.

  23. HI Again

    May 31, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Even though we do not agree with Tomiwa. I do not think we should attack his age.
    What has him being 17 got to do with his opinion. That is his opinion as at today. it may change it may not. we were all 17 and had opinions at the time. some of those opinions have changed and some have not.

    If indeed we consider him a lad, we should educate him and not intimidate him with age.
    My issue with dem niaja oldies!!!!! the way we were brought up that has brought Nigeria to this level is the same way we want to start training our youth!!!!

    He needs encouragement. How many 17 year old Nigerian will even contact Bella Naija, Talk less of write.

    Abeg….. Tomiwa I gat your back. Ride on…..

  24. Honeycrown

    May 31, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Na wa for all these Aunties and Uncles sha. I don’t see anything wrong with Tomiwa’s post. You guys have been passively watching Nollywood movies as teenagers but this is a 17 year old in 2016 asking for better production and storyline because he sees the world differently. Abeg make una chill jare. Good job Tomiwa you can only get better. Don’t let all these old school lapel discourage you.

  25. NR

    June 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Just going to drop a comment in support of our industry and the growth that she has attained over the years. Mainly just dropping this comment in acknowledgment of the fact that in today’s nollywood there are many movies that don’t succumb to most of these notions and that some of these notions add to our own ‘flavor’ of nollywood. So uhm… on that note. I dropped a comment

    A COMMENT.

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