The furore over sex in Nollywood is partly a reflection of our schizophrenic attitude to sex, one attitude behind closed doors, one when things are out in the open.
We are like the conservatives in America, who are the largest consumers of porn but also the loudest voices railing against sex in cinema, and against almost anything to do with sex in general.
There were many more: “Nollywood has gone haywire”, “Pornography takes over Nollywood”, etc. I happened to be chatting with friend and blogger Sugabelly, when one of us mentioned is one of the so-called pornographic movies that Nollywood had apparently started releasing.
The first thing that struck us was what appeared to be a rape scene.
One possible answer is that Nollywood has long been seen as a means through which African cultures and mores are celebrated, thus, in the opinion of the morally panicked, sexually explicit scenes are demeaning because they show how the lack of moral values in the West is penetrating the African consciousness. Another writes: “when you think of doing something that has sex, let it convince the viewers not make them furious over nothing”. I am all out with my job and fuck you hard if you find otherwise. Benson Okonkwo, who appeared in the “gay porn” movie a couple of months ago got everyone in a tizz again and made the female lead Afro Candy notoriously popular with bloggers and online versions of Nigerian newspapers eager to interview her.
Read the comments below articles about these so-called porn movies and if you’re anything like me you will find yourself rolling your eyes in disbelief at the amount of puritanism on display.The Ghanaian connection It is hard to read about the so-called growth of sexually obscene films in Nollywood without coming across mentions of Ghana.“We [are] extremely shocked at Nigeria’s sudden affiliation to the whole soft porn syndrome.Another goes “I wonder what it is with Ghanaians and pornography, maybe it is the only way they can put their movies on the map”.Yet another notes “We have been complaining in Ghana about how some of our movie producers enjoy putting a lot of unnecessary sex scenes in movies, but unfortunately the trend has now been shifted to Nigeria”.There a market for porn in Nigeria that has nothing to do with Nollywood.