“It implies that most of the films they are producing now are meant for adults and they are not children friendly in any way.
“There is an urgent need for sensitization of stakeholders on the importance of making movies that are full of child-friendly contents,” she said.
The director noted that the trend was not good enough for the moral development of children since they were prone to watching films than adults.
According to her, most of the movies submitted for censorship in the past year were centred on themes such as royalty, domestic violence, money rituals, prostitution, and marriages.
She added that “only a few treated themes on advocacy and awareness on diseases such as Sickle Cell, Polio, HIV, and VVF”.
Alonge-Oyadiran, therefore, advised movie producers in the Nigerian movie industry to eschew storylines that erode values that define the African people.
While noting that the filmmakers are business persons set out to make a profit, she, however, said there is a need for them to be socially responsible as they shape public opinions.
She, therefore, urged filmmakers to always submit their contents to NFVCB for a rating in order to safeguard the Nigerian child.
“The language used in a film, act of violence and nudity, send messages out to people, especially children, who may apply them wrongly,” said the director.
According to her, 406 films were approved by the board in 2019, covering genres such as Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Bini, Urhobo, Hindi and movies in English.
NAN reports that the NFVCB is a Federal Government body that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria.
The board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.
It is also the duty of the board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets, among other functions.
Its classification symbols include the “G” rating, which implies ‘suitable for viewing by persons of all ages’, “15” meant only for persons of 15 years and “18” meant for mature audiences.
Others are “12” meant only for persons of 12 years and the “12A” for 12 years and above, “PG” implying Parental Guidance and “RE”, which implies Restricted Exhibition.