About twenty years ago Nigerian movie industry otherwise known as Nollywood, kicked off themes of witchcraft, ritualism and greed that dominated some of the early movies.
While today, the practice has shifted and lovers of the country?s films are helplessly being compelled to watch obsc?ne movies which promotes immorality and cultures that are alien to us as Africans.
Indeed, recent survey has shown that p?rnographic movies are increasingly taking over Nollywood.
Ardent followers of the recent development in the industry would have noticed the disturbing increase in the degree of n?dity portrayed in some of the recent Nollywood flicks.
Regrettably, Nollywood actors have thrown caution to the wind as they now venture into hard core p?rnographic roles.
The internet, and particularly YouTube, is not helping matters as it is one avenue frenquently used by these desperate, and materialistic soft-pron producers to gain wide popularity for such obsc?ne movies.
Until recently, the production of s?ft-p?rn movies only thrives in Ghana. They were considered bold enough to engage in s?xually suggestive roles.
This, however, paved the way for the popularity of Ghollywood movies in the country, as Nigerians, out of curiosity, patronized Ghanaian films just to see how far they were willing to go with this obsc?nity.
But today, the story has changed. Nollywood practitioners who have been very conservative when it comes to displaying s?x and n?dity on screen, are now leading the way with the production of p?rnographic movies.
Some of the soft-p?rn movies that have flooded the Nigerian and African markets in the past few years includes: The Benjamins, Greedy S?x, Room 027, Another Game of Men, Bold 5 Babes, Bedroom Assassins, All My Ladies, My Pretty Angel, Take My Wife (Pretty Wild Things), Pool Party and I slept with My Bosses Wife.
Interestingly, the production of g?y movies are also on the increase. Last year, popular producer Dickson Iroegbu, released a g?y movie, ?Law 58? where Kanyo starred.
O.Kanyo, who played the lead character, Clarion Chukwurah, Halima Abubakar, Ghanaian actor, Kofi Adjorlolo, Mark Morris, Chibueze, and other Nollywood stars.
Also, g?y movies like, Pregnant Hawkers, Sinful Act 1&2 and also a Yoruba movie, titled, ?L?sbian? were also released into the market.
Still on soft-p?rn movies, the most recent of these hardcore p?rn movies is ?Destructive Instincts?, produced recently and starring Nigerian born American actress cum producer, Judith Opara Mazagwu popularly known as Afro Candy.
In the movie, Afro Candy played the role of a seductive mistress, with a steamy s?x scene where a male actor was grappling her bare br?asts and b?ttocks.
Her boldness and unrepentant attitude about her act was attested to when she took to her facebook page asking for actors who could act n?de roles and are interested in being a part of her production to get in touch with her.
Shortly after the noise about Afrocandy and the lewd scenes, another soft-p?rn movie, ?The ?Benjamins? surfaced with its trailer.
The movie produced by Charles Smooth X Edegbe and directed by Temple Chinedum is a high class campus movie based on rap music and love.
According to some critics, the movie isn?t worth releasing because, it was a sheer display of obsc?nity and mediocrity.
However, it is on record that soft p?rn movies started flooding Nigerian movie markets about two years ago, when controversial actress, Tonto Dike starred in ?Strippers in Love?, a soft-p?rn movie produced by Divine Touch Productions.
Scenes from the movie showed Tonto kissing another female cast and x-rated scenes with another actor.
She had earlier starred in ?Dirty Secrets?. Apparently, with these kinds of unholy movies dominating the Nigerian movie space, questions are being asked today regarding the future of Nollywood.
Many people are of the opinion that the current trend which must be discouraged remains a degradation of values that we hold as Africans.