FG bans movies glamourizing villains

FG bans movies glamourizing villains

President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has banned the production of Nigerian movies that glamourise villains. Adedayo Thomas, CEO of the National Fi

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has banned the production of Nigerian movies that glamourise villains.

Adedayo Thomas, CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), warned movie producers that if they produce films that only glamourise villains such movies will not be approved.

He urged filmmakers to produce movies that depict Nigerian cultures positively and not glamourise evil.

This latest development is coming on the heels of Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV, Universal Pictures, and Will Packer Productions getting the adaptation  rights for a movie on Ramon Abass, also known as Ray Hushpuppi.

The production houses have decided to do a movie on the International fraudster, based on a Bloomberg story, “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master.”

Thomas stated who stated this new development at the opening of a five-day capacity building on censorship and classification for selected University of Calabar students in the Theatre and Media Studies department, said,

”Nigerian films and movies should not depict reality but also give out moral lessons at the end. Our films should identify a societal problem, go into action and at the end of the day, show what happens to perpetrators of evil in the film,” says Thomas.

“But when you produce a particular film and you glamourise or celebrate someone who has done terrible things against the culture or humanity without punishment, we don’t approve such films.”

He reminded filmmakers that the government was monitoring movies produced to see if “the film is morally right and protect our children from societal ills.”

The NFVCB boss added, “Even though we are aware that some defaulters still produce movies without passing through NFVCB, we want to make students understand the activities of the board so that it becomes part of them.”

He added that the workshop would also look into hate speech in movies, YouTube, Google, and script development into movies, PeoplesGazette reports.

The NFVCB was established by Act 85 of 1993 to regulate film production both for import and export.