Nollywood movies promoting money rituals, encouraging kidnapping – Fashola

Without doubt, one of the common themes in Nollywood is money rituals. While such stories could be entertaining, especially with the mystical manipulations embedded in them, Minister of Works and Housing and former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, during the week asked moviemakers to stop telling such stories, because, according to him, money ritual is a myth.

Fashola, who was the guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change, themed, ‘Security of citizens as a social contract’, said that belief system, reinforced through Nollywood movies, could be fuelling kidnapping, given the number of persons the police have arrested with human skull and other body parts, with the motive of money ritual.

But the former governor, who titled his lecture, ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime’, however, said it was high time moviemakers and policymakers changed the narrative, to save innocent lives from being wasted.

Fashola said, “Some people believe that if you get a man’s head or a woman’s body parts, they could be turned into money. It’s not true! And when you ask people who believe in it if they have seen it happen before, they tell you someone said they had seen it.

“However, it has become a reinforced belief through entertainment, social media and Nollywood. How can human head bring money? Money is paper invented by man, not God. They put the paper in a machine to print what we call money and that is the only place money comes from.

“But the challenge is the belief system. Just think about how many people have been missing – through kidnapping – because some people believe that it exists. The police could tell us the number of people they have apprehended with human parts, such as skulls. This belief system must go.

“Therefore, all of us, including those who make the films, must reverse the story and start selling a new story that money is printed in a machine and not through any other way like money rituals.”

He also faulted the fears that engulfed the populace last year when there were reports that cyber fraudsters were stealing women’s briefs to make money.

Fashola said, “It is not true, or how does that happen? What is the connection between paper (money) and cotton (pants) or has anybody seen cotton money before? Those of us who have influence and authority must take positions to see to the reversal of this kind of beliefs.”




–  Tunde Ajaja (Punch)

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One Response to “Nollywood movies promoting money rituals, encouraging kidnapping – Fashola”

  1. Pure lies and weak research, sir.
    Politicians could not meet their promises to the masses, which created mass hunger and poverty. These impoverished youths created 419 out of the failed system,. Where only the politicians and failed leaders could be guaranteed a future from the system. We failed to kill 419. We all became corrupt and encouraged it as a shot cut to poverty.
    Now, that 419 has stepped upto YAHOO-PLUS… Where we read that, they need ritualistic practises, to make this new 419 happen. It has evolved to rituals and more rituals. Kidnapping has been an old global trade. Read its history in America and other nations. There’s money in kidnapping as we are told that human parts are sold in exchange for that those printed note you talked about sir. . It’s huge business sir. It’s a syndicated uprising. I heard of some Nigerians who trick innocent and unsuspecting young Nigerian girls out to be SLAVEs all over AFRICA, NOW IN DUBAI, & the world over. Where this girls only gets to discover their new destiny of either a robber, prostitute,, drug pedler or any crime that can only put them on the other part of the law. Thereby making their masters, the only life to live, with what it comes with. Death in 80% cases. Big syndicate Mr minister sir. I dont think Nollywood told this stories. The police, did. NAPTIP did, CNN did. We only reflect the society to make a change and balance. ” I wanna be a millionaire ” music reagning everywhere is not a Nollywood movie. I thought Nollywood stories end in good over evil at the end of the day. I never made a movies without demanding adequate PUNISHMENTs for any characters l depicted . Pls with due respect sir. I say wrong target, sir. Let’s not loose the narative… BOYS ARE HUNGRY & NOW ANGRY… BOKO HARAM SELF NA SMALL THING, IF WE LEADERS DONT MAKE A DRASTIC MOVE LIKE RWANDA DID. E.l

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