Amyoruba movies deify their traditional Religious worship system unlike their Igbo counterparts That demonizes it and make it appear ineffectual
More recently, I have taken to liking seeing Yoruba movies subtitled in English on AMYoruba Channel. All thanks to my wife’s penchant for their movies. She’s Igbo, born and raised in Lagos, speaks fluently and understands perfectly, the Yoruba language.
We switch on to foreign and local News channels when there’s need and occasionally sees AMEpic that shows Nollywood movies where English language is spoken (ever since the A and even the B-lists Artistes left the stage for cinematographic movies, the quality dropped, leaving it for the decline for the amateur thespians and producers).
In all the movies I have seen on AMYoruba, I’m yet to see where African traditional religion or institution of the Yoruba People was demonized like it has become a regular feature in many movies produced by the Igbos or those from the South-South. Instead, the Yorubas deify their traditional religious worship system as being far more effective in discharging her functions.
What are my saying? You would unlikely see where a man or woman is having spiritual issues for which was caused by any of the deities to which prayers through the other faiths burnt Ogun or any of the other God’s shrines and kills its Priests. That’s not to say there are no movie where people prayed through Christ or Mohammed (Christianity x Islamic religions) that weren’t effective. However, the movie producers are conscious of the effects it would have on their people and the generations to come, demonizing deities their forebears lived and worshipped to which there are many adherents today that still do worship it. They, in their movies, showed restraint and respected the religious beliefs of their forbears and in it, are building religious harmony.
Unfortunately, ours down Southeast, even in the movies shown on AMigbo, it appears no movie would sell if the script didn’t portray the effectiveness of a deity at first and later become powerless through prayers of even bad people who had committed crimes against humanity and God. This is acted and depicted in a most bizzare manner sometimes, one wonder if the imaginary fires that engulfs this shrines and kills the priests ever happened.
Let me conclude by saying that if movie producers from the Southeast and South-South don’t emulate their Southwest and the Northern counterparts in portraying exactly the true situation of our histories and stories as it’s currently in our society but dwells on demonizing our traditional religious worship modes whilst exalting the ones we were forced into accepting, it will lead to driving the wrong narrative which would continually yield negative perception about a people and what bounded them before the advent of the Colonialists.
Note: ever wondered why people freely commit atrocities: killing, spilling of blood and other forms of crimes without a repercussion in our today’s society?