In a foreword written for a brochure on the Nigerian film industry, President Muhammadu Buhari said that movie makers should not make films for “art sake” but should ensure that their productions are “functionally and socially relevant.”
“I want to see more films that celebrate our diversity, films that celebrate the achievements of our people, films that promote social causes of right to education, films that tells us the evil of domestic violence against men and women, films that inspire hope and faith in our country and humanity in general. I am confident that Nollywood would go from strength to strength,” Buhari said in the brochure titled, Nigerian Film Industry at a Glance, which was published by the Africa Film Academy.
The president further urged filmmakers to project Nigeria in a positive light and avoid promoting violence and sex scenes.
“Filmmakers, whether local or those who come here to use our facilities, must however be sensitive to our cultures and religions. They must not glamourise violence or sexual vulgarity in all their forms. They must not promote racism or ethnic superiority or demonise any religion or culture,” he said.
Tracing the history of Nollywood, he said that it started as the effort of a group of enterprising young men and women who traded on their talents and sheer determination without anyone paying attention but has now morphed into a big industry employing thousands of people, contributing to the national Gross Domestic Product and empowering a new generation of creative entrepreneurs.
“Our government will continue to support the creative sectors of its economy so as to encourage our teeming youths,” Buhari said.