The Other Side Of Nigerian Arts
I have no doubt that Nigerian arts such as music and home videos have not contributed immensely in the growth of the country.
Arts they say is a recreation of life. It could be through imagination, it could be a real life scenario, it could be fable just like that of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.
Many measures or literary devices could be employed in recreating life through arts. It can go satirical, sarcastic, pun could be used, and so many other literary techniques.
Nollywood has done a lot in this area of recreation. They have tried a lot in correcting the ills in the society. They educate people on certain issues and as well inform. They also sensitize and entertain people by employing comic relief. Likewise, Nigerian music such as high life and so many other musical genres have done a lot in the area of recreation.
But unarguably, this same agents of the Nigerian arts have hands in the ills happening today in the society such as ritual killings, kidnapping, political thuggery, armed robbery, fraudulent activities, bribery and corruption, misconduct, prostitution, and so many others.
That Lagos is today over populated, Nollywood have about 50% hand in it. For instance: Emeka have been struggling to survive in the village for over twenty years but to no avail. 2 months later, Emeka went to Lagos and came back with a jeep. They portray Lagos as the most lucrative area in the whole country. They hardly portray Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Kaduna, Sokoto and many other places as where you can go and make it. For this reason, every youth whether by crook wants to go to Lagos and make it in life.
Nollywood failed to critically read her subscribers and understand that they don’t read meaning into their messages, rather they employ the message in their actions. For instance, persons like Pete Edochie, K.O. Anayo, Clems Ohameze, and host of others have from onset be acting critical roles such as money rituals, drug Lords, bunkering, magnates, etc. They do these as if they are really into them. But in real life, they are not, rather they portray people in reality. But most of us presume the acts are true and they venture into them.
Most of our girls who are into prostitution learnt it from the movies they watch and characters they emulate. Movies like “despradoes” “state of emergency” “Mafians” are in no doubt contributed in armed robbery, Cultism, kidnapping and the rest. But these set of people like Saint Obi, Hanka Nukwu, Segun Arinze, Zubby Michael and the rest were just mere actors who try to portray realities in order to correct the ills.
Coming to Nigeria music, it’s true we appreciate them a lot. We appreciate the artists like Wizkid, Davido, Flavour, *upcoming artistes like Mr P and Rudeboy, Naira Marley to mention but a few. But critically measuring these artists and their songs to what music is all about, lyrically, they have no values. Their pattern of music is somewhat referred to as “Noise” in communication term.
Are we to talk about the present day dance patterns. No correlation with what art entails. Dance ought to communicate and not to mislead or seduce people. But look at the ladies that dance to
these artist’s tunes. What is the role of their nakedness in the area of communication in general? What message are these artistes sending to the younger generations through their lyrics and pattern of music?
We have abandoned our culture while imitating the whites. Not only that, we are trying to overtake them in what belongs solely to them. Our arts are gradually going into extinction.
I stand to be corrected
© Vikz 2020.
The Other Side Of Nigerian Arts