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In Nollywood, Shrines & Priests Are Misrepresented, Chants Are Misused – Kunle Afolayan

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Nollywood Propagating Misconceptions About Traditional Religions In Nigeria Through Exaggerations – Kunle Afolayan

In Nollywood, Shrines & Priests Are Misrepresented, Chants Are Misused – Kunle Afolayan

Top filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, has accused the Nollywood film industry for contributing to the devaluation of religious traditions in Nigeria.

He revealed this in a chat with London-based broadcaster DJ Abass.

“Nollywood has helped bring down Nigerian religious traditions,” the ‘Mokalik’ director said.

He said the movie industry has propagated a lot of misconceptions about traditional religions in the country, most of which are either exaggerations or falsehoods.

“There are a lot of misconceptions through our films. The way our traditional religions are presented in our films is not proper,” 

“Most of the shrines and priests are misrepresented, even the chants are misused.

“On mentioning Babalawo (Yoruba traditional priest), everyone would run but Babalawo wouldn’t see you and say you would die tomorrow (as portrayed in films).” – he explained.

Afolayan, who is a 44-year-old father of three, made a distinction between two kinds of priests in the Yoruba tradition.

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“People need to understand the difference between the Onisegun and the Adaunse,” he said.

“We have misrepresentations in our traditional religions just as we have them in Christianity and Islam.”

Afolayan promised that he and others who still see the need to do the right thing would not relent in their efforts in propagating traditional religions.



  1. Kelvin Klein

    January 28, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Every about Nollywood is fake. They shout too much and fake accent. I don’t watch

  2. Nikky

    January 29, 2019 at 12:38 AM

    Whether well represented or misrepresented, of what good was this traditional religion to your ancestors (forefathers) in the past and of what good is it to you now? Africa has always been backward from time immemorial cos of these dark religions and traditions. The continent gets worse rather than better, especially Nigeria. Every year comes another cycle of horror- ritual killings, corruption in politics backed by human sacrifice, panties rituals, yahoo plus, suicides, etc- powered by these evil traditions and religions that don’t give glory to God. Dump darkness and embrace light!

    • Olujobi

      August 11, 2019 at 3:36 PM

      Do find time to read: Africanism by Olusegun Okedairo. For better enlightenment.

  3. Danti

    January 29, 2019 at 2:59 AM

    I don’t think there is one religion that has not been corrupted, humanity is just one hell of disappointment, things are not what it used to be. We are lucky that most of the dark energy were not written down and our forefathers died with them. Do religions compel people not to use their brain? Christian, Islamic and Jewish religions have collections of people and era that are so pitiful when you read books about them.

  4. NIYI

    January 29, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Kunle Afolayan must be sick, we are trying to abolish the whole Africa tradition and this f**l is telling us about misrepresentation. Tell us who shrine & priest help.

  5. Rosy

    January 30, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Shrine is known to be a place where all evil are done. So what’s the point of representing well or not?

  6. Afrikanroots

    February 3, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    This just shows how much African ppl value other people’s ‘religions’ and not their own. What has christianity and islam done for Africans but made us more ignorant. Both religions have slaughtered us mercilessly. African spirituality is the root of our greatness if we harness it correctly, not the foreign white and arab gods of other people.

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