The Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood is the world's
second largest, churning billions of naira in export.
Even at that, it seems that roles a lot of notable faces
play is not enticing enough thus the attraction to sóft
pórn. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM brings you some
movies and actors who star in these films as well as
reactions from Nollywood watchers.
It seems roles in the movie industry are no longer
interesting and fulfilling as Nigeria actors and
actresses are now displaying their talent in soft pórn
movies in Nigerian home videos which have attracted
widespread condemnation from a large number of
Nollywood stars are venturing into hard core
pórnographic roles with the help of "I no send"
producers and marketers whose aim is to make
The internet 'YouTube' is one avenue used by these
desperate, and 'must make money' producers to
ensure such movies reach as wide an audience as
The Movies And Reactions
Nollywood English movies like 'Room 027,' 'Bold 5
Babes' are more erotic, 'Bedroom Assassin' and
Taboo! 'Pastor fornicates in the office' are some of
such films. Pregnant Hawkers and 'Sinful Act 1&2' as
well as a Yoruba movie, Lesbian are others.
The issue has raised concern on what the Nigerian
Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB). and other
agencies vested with the power to scrutinise movies
churned to the public.
It was an unending war of words on social media
when fans of controversial actress, Tonto Dikeh,
showed their disgust when they saw her in two
different sóft pórnography movies. But the actress
defended herself in an online interview, where she
said, "Only the ignorant and pretentious souls would
criticise this lovely movie. It is a film, it's a job that
has to be done. I accepted the script because when I
see a good film in the making, I appreciate it.
It's a movie most people can identify with: I love and
appreciate all the hype around this movie."
Also speaking with popular Nollywood actress and
activist, Dorothy Njemanze in an interview, she
stated that Parents should be held responsible for
allowing their children access to such movies
especially when the censors board have directed who
should watch a particular movies.
"Parents have no excuse for not training their kids
right. Any kid who has the guts to pick such and
watch definitely watch porn regularly. Adult movies
are okay for adult viewing. I have no sympathy for
any parent who cannot teach his/her child the right
thing to do whether or not they are there. Movies
have ratings. It is the duty of parents to ensure that
the first thing any kid does is to check for ratings
before watching. There is no excuse for brooding kids
without discipline. Kids that don't look out for ratings
will never obey written instructions anywhere," she
Also, American-based Nigerian actress, Judith Opara
Mazagwu, popularly known as AfroCandy, was
reported to have called for actors and actresses who
could fit into nude roles on April 19, 2012, when she
posted a message on her Facebook wall, which
read,"It takes a lot of guts to get naked in front of the
camera. In a couple of my concluded up-coming
movies, there's a lot of nudity in them.
"I also have scripts lined up for production and there
will also be nudity in most of them. So if you are an
aspiring actor/actress, you have the passion and you
will like to get naked, send in your info/contacts for
casting and I look forward to meeting and working
In an interview with an online blog,the Deputy
Director (Corporate Affairs), NFVCB, Yunusa Tanko
Abdulahi, said the agency was not aware of the
existence of such movies on the internet stressing
none of them was submitted to the board for
censorship and classification.
He said, "We are not aware of such because they
have not come to us. As far as they have not come to
us, we do not know about it. After production, a
movie has to come to us for censoring and
classification before it gets to the market, be it a
foreign or local film. Any movie that doesn't come to
us before going to the market is illegal."
The NFVCB official stated that some producers try to
play smart by sending edited copies of movies to the
agency instead of the master version.
"They ought to send the master copy but some send
an edited copy to us while sending what they want to
the market. When we see the edited copy, we tell
them to make corrections, but it doesn't matter as
they have done what they want to.
"Normally we get tip-offs or raid some markets and
when we find these people out, we get them arrested
and prosecuted," he said.
What baffles movie lovers is the sponsorship by
corporate organisations who would do everything in
making sure their product is known by sponsoring
such, paving the way for legibility of the product
According to Matthew Akande, a movie critic,
corporate organisations sponsoring any product is all
about expanding their market.
He also stated that people might consider it crazy
but they have to look for a larger outreach which
means sponsoring anything like movies, events,
competition that would show their product to the