NOLLYWOOD NEWS: Are all native doctors bad? If your answer to that question is no, then why are Nollywood filmmakers constantly portraying our African traditional beliefs as evil all in the name of movie? Filmmaker Mildred Okwo have come out to address the status quo surrounding Nollywood depicting native doctors as evil, calling the stereotypical movies – trash.
Late last month (May 2016), Nollywood movie director and producer, Mildred Okwo, via series of tweets, condemned the Nigerian movie industry, saying they keep feeding Nigerians with trash.
She called out stakeholders of the industry over their mediocre productions, saying they are to be held responsible for such ‘trash.’ The movie icon questioned why Nollywood depicts native doctors as evil and how unprofessional they cast romantic scenes. A common issue Nollywood fans can attest to.
On her Twitter handle @MealdredO, she wrote in a series of tweets:
“Nollywood keeps feeding us this trash!” – @MealdredO
“[We are] using our own hand to perpetuate long held stereotypes. Think about it.” – @MealdredO
“Why is every native doctor made out to be bad? There must be some that heal and advice. Our ancestors went to them for guidance before British entered.” – @MealdredO
“I do not ascribe to d theory that all African trad beliefs are bad simply cause a group of British people brainwashed some people years ago.” – @MealdredO
“There must be some that heal and advise. Our ancestors went to them for guidance before the British entered.” – @MealdredO
“For goodness sake, leave your shots sometimes and watch your actors. Watch for certain muscles running down the body of an actress during a kissy kissy scene; that usually indicates they are uncomfortable.” – @MealdredO
“If the actress is uncomfortable during a love scene and we see it, director did not do their job.” – @MealdredO
“If you are going to shoot a series, please do so and stop forcing us to go and watch it as film in cinema,” -Mildred Okwo tweeted.
What are your thoughts and opinion regarding Nollywood depicting African traditional beliefs and native doctors as evil in movies? Do you agree with everything Mildred Okwo said?
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