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Stop portraying the Igbo as diabolic, evil people in movies – Ohanaeze chief

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Proliferation of fetish and mov­ies in the market has been identified as like­ly factors scaring in Diaspora and others from re­turning home.

The President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra state chap­ter, Chief Damian Afam Okeke, raised the alarm at the 3rd an­nual event of the Association of Music and Marketers of Nigeria (AMUF­PMAN) tagged A Day to Re­member in November 2018.

Okeke, who chaired the occa­sion, observed that movies on land disputes, fetish and diab­olism were nation in bad light in the inter­national community and urged producers and marketers to rather showcase giving, hospi­tality, charity, doggedness and other cultural values is known for.

He bemoaned that the colo­nial masters during their mis­sionary activities were the first to paint the African culture as fetish and , not mind­ing that those cultural and tra­ditional practices were ways of lives, protection, decoration, love, affection and merriment.

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On music, the Anambra state chapter President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo urged producers and marketers to emulate the likes of Mike Ejeagha, Osita Osade­be, Celestine Ukwu, Oliver De Coque and other notable Af­rican legends by singing, pro­ducing and marketing music imbued with moral lessons.

In a brief remark, Stella Okunna, the first female pro­fessor of mass communication and dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, advised pro­ducers and marketers to cham­pion modifications of African cultures that are anti-women rather than glorifying them.

On his part, the AMUFP­MAN’s National Patron, Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, ad­vised the association to remain steadfast and professional as he would always support them.

Earlier, the National Pres­ident, Association of Music and Mar­keters of Nigeria (AMUFP­MAN), Evang. Mascon Justice Nwasike, disclosed that pira­cy was the greatest challenge confronting the industry.

Nwasike said although the association had successfully brought some pirates to book through assistance of the Ni­geria Copyright Council (NCC) and the police, it still needed the public, the media and the government supports to phase them out completely in order to boost the country’s economy.

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The association used the op­portunity to present awards to some deserving citizens of the country including Damain Okeke, Umuobiligbo music group, Abuchi Umenwobi, Engr. Charles Nwegwu, Igwe Joel Egwuonwu of Umuawulu and others.

Speaking in separate inter­views, some of the awardees, Engr. Charles Nwegwu, Chief Abuchi Umenwobi, and Chuk­wuebuka and Ifeanyi Obilig­bo said it would spur them to impact more lives in various ways.

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