Pulse Blogger 'Yoruba Movies have no logical thinking, message'

There is no logical thinking in their stories, except for the likes of Kunle Afolayan, Tunde kelani among others. I was watching a movie with a friend, mere looking at the title of the movie, she was able to tell me the next thing that would happen, how it will take place, plus the likely circumstances.

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Years ago, the Yoruba movie industry was known for its rich culture, tradition and its eloquent use of the Yoruba language. These could be seen in some of the movies that were produced then “Ti Oluwa Nile” by Baba Wande, “Oleku” “Aago eewo” and “ Saworo Idée” by Tunde Kilani and so on.

Those were the days of prominent actors such as Adebayo Faleti, Lere paimo, Baba Ogunde and the likes. During that period, your talent speaks not your money or name.

These movies would make you think very deep, make appreciate and be proud of your own mother tongue. The use of our own adire, the traditional songs, games and dance made it unique.

Years later, the industry turned into a marketplace. It is made up of different people. Little with talents and many with no talents, they are just selling their names, wealth and bodies.  It has turned to a place for prostitutes to showcase their talents.

There are some Yoruba movies that they just talk about the opposite sexes’ organ in an offensive manner or describe it sometimes. This is a slap to the industry, because our culture forbids us from referring to private parts in the public.

They are not passing any message across at all; I see it like squandering money.

 Every actor and actress wants a movie written by him or her, but most of them are not making sense at all.

Placing the Yoruba movie industry with the Korean and American movie industries side by side, if you are very conversant with the three movie industries, you would agree with me that the last two industries use their native language with no or little interference of a foreign language compared to the former.

The mode of dressing, talking, use of proverbs could be likening to that of the English language speakers in the former, they are not portraying our norms and culture and it is very disheartening.

There is no logical thinking in their stories, except for the likes of Kunle Afolayan, Tunde kelani among others. I was watching a movie with a friend, mere looking at the title of the movie, she was able to tell me the next thing that would happen, how it will take place, plus the likely circumstances.

After watching the movie I called her a witch, because she was right. They repeat the same plot all over again. I am not trying to condemn the movie industry, there are some I have watched and they really nailed it, they include, ”unforgivable” by Dayo Amusan, “Eye Aiye Kooto”, “Aruugba”, “Maami”, they are great and sensational movies. They made me fall in love with Yoruba movies.

It was observed that most youths don’t watch Yoruba movies. They prefer foreign movies such as Korean, American, Indian, Mexican, Philippines and the like. Because of the way in which they use their resources to impact and pass messages across.

Finally, like I said earlier, I am not condemning the Yoruba industry; because no one is perfect expect God. But I am laying emphasis on what I think they should work on.

Written by a student of the University of Ibadan.

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