Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nigerian movies are fueling crime rates in Uganda

It has been reported that the rate of child crimes have increased over the years, although the Police has put up a spirited fight to prevent such crimes. According to statistics from the Police, over 3,760 cases involving children have been reported and investigated.

Most of these cases range from child neglect, abuse, torture, abduction, sacrifice, murder, kidnapp and abortion. Although some measures have been instituted to reduce these crimes, one area that has not been exploited is the contribution of Nigerian movies towards crime.

For most of you who have watched these movies, the scenes depicted are mostly those that involve violence, witchcraft, murder, child sacrifice, robbery, theft and breaking families.

The images these movies portray are detrimental to our society and could possibly be one of the little known causes of increased crime in Uganda. Desperate people pick tips from these movies on how to execute crimes.

Over the years, the Nigerian movie sales have increased tremendously. The entry of these movies that go for as low as sh1,000 on the streets, has a negative effect on our families and society.

Parents have entrusted housemaids with their children and they spend most of their time watching Nigerian movies as opposed to doing domestic chores.

Have we ever assessed the impact that the Nigerian movies have on our families? Are we aware of the content in these movies and how this can either contribute to or destroy our families?

I have also read about cases where families and the public have blamed the Police for failure to protect children, yet parents are contributing to the bulk of criminals by breeding them in their homes.

The Police should investigate the contribution of Nigerian movies towards increased crime rates and take appropriate action.

It is time parents banned Nigerian movies from households and screened the material they expose their families to.

Lastly, the electronic media should sieve what movies are fit for public viewing and which movies would fuel violence and evil thoughts.

New Vision

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1 comment:

  1. I will rather not sayJuly 27, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    Hi, I live in the U.S my Dad has been acting very mean and cruel to my Mom i am not sure if it is because of the Nigerian movies which portrays wives as women who are continuously abused hit and most of all are mostly used as a device which makes kids, cleans the house, and cooks food and if the husband doesnt see any of those reponsibilities the husband reacts in a way that here a=in the U.S is rather mean....I of Kenyan descent and my parent are originally born in Kenya, i dont know about in Nigeria but here when people do that they file for a Divorce i pray to God that doesnt happen but then i don't want my Mother to be unhappy with her marriage which has lasted more that 30 years...... If this is because of Nigerian Movies or him being tense from work this is not looking as if it will go for the better in my family i am asking sincerely for your prayers for my family you may not know my name but in your prayers just say THAT family....... I am also asking if it is possible for anyone to know when they are watching these movies to know the effect they will have on your life in the long run.. also whether if you are looking as me as this kid in the U.S who doesnt know what he is talking about think of me as your own and try to feel the unsure emotions i am feeling towards my parents possibly undergoing a divorce. PLEASE as i end remember pray for me thx and God bless