Samklef, the Nigerian singer-turned music producer, says Nollywood movies are to be blamed for the rising cases of ritual killings among young people in the country.

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In recent times, ritual-related killings have become a subject of concern in the country, particularly among the youths.

Reflecting on the issue in a Twitter post, the musician argued that by constantly promoting fetish-themed content, Nollywood movies have influenced a lot of young Nigerians negatively.

“Igbo Nollywood, English and Yoruba movie are the reason why a lot of young boys are doing rituals. They keep promoting fetish stuff in all their movies,” he said.

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In a follow-up, the singer said Nigerian producers must go beyond movies with themes on religion and rituals.

“Nigeria movies producer can do better. Everything must no be based on juju and religion,” he added.

Samklef is not the only entertainer who has condemned the prevalence of ritual-themed movies in the country.

In 2020, AY, the comedian, also said the practice has made many Nigerians lose confidence in Nollywood movies.

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“When people hear about Nollywood movies, they simply say ‘Na dem na’, they are going to give us the usual…,” he had said.

“This is because quite a lot of damages have been done to Nollywood, especially when they start rating us from the days of like the home videos, and when everything you see is about rituals and the rest.

“So, a lot of people lost confidence in Nollywood but we are beginning to bring back that culture and then we are doing it in a more advanced format by taking our films to the cinemas.”

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