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Money Ritual Practices In Nigeria: The Role Of Nollywood

Money Ritual Practices In Nigeria

A friend wrote that Nigerian Film Industry (Nollywood) should not be held liable for the high rate of money ritual among the youths in the society. He backed it up by stating that all Nollywood ritual scripts end with a repercussion: a moral that discourages indulgence in the act. He concluded that the boys – some of them are babies of 15 years – are driven by their greed.


In the mid-2000s, the mysterious Nwanyi Asaba was very popular in Onitsha. They said that her breasts were as enormous as a 60 liters drum, and anyone that sucked from her huge nipples will become very rich but will die within 10 years. It would have ended like a whisper in the hair salon, but the first man that heard it in Nollywood ran to Iweka Road, assembled actors, and put it on the screen.

Before the year 2000, there was a fallacious tale of a native doctor that made people rich by turning them into vultures. He turned 2 young men into vultures but could not convert them back to humans. They said it happened somewhere around Nnewi. And the vultures roam the street speaking like humans. Nollywood wasn’t interested in knowing the location of SOMEWHERE. But before people in Awka-Etiti could see the vultures, the entire world was watching the movie.

How It All Started

Since Living In Bondage till today, Nollywood directors have preferred the story of grass to mysterious grace in the society with nearly 100 million people under the age of 15. Nollywood forges opinions, pushes narratives, and authenticates and strengthens the ritual myth; yet, they want to be vindicated.

No sir, Nollywood, you are not innocent. Your rampaging campaign on an existing alternative to getting rich through rituals is the entire takeaway from your poor Americans develop cyborgs, and James Bond made me believe the British are extremely smart. I am talking about the 80s. I knew all these through the movies.

Goddy, whose master lives next door to our house, came to Onitsha from his remote village. In his first years, he had a funny Igbo dialect. He was the first person from his family to live in the city. He served a master in Main Market for 6 years and was ‘settled’. Today, Goddy, who is a father of 4 kids, has become his own boss. He built a modest house for his mother in the village, ensured that his siblings went to school. His house in Onitsha became a resort for his relatives. Through him, 2 of his cousins were introduced to Main Market, and 5 of his nephews are now under him as apprentices.

Celebrating hard work. Celebrating diligence. For every ritual performed in Nigeria, there are 1000 Goddys. Nollywood will not tell the stories of these Goddys. They will prefer to thrust upon me and my kind the stereotype we fight every day to wipe away.

Today, Money Ritual Practices In Nigeria is getting out of hand. And you want me to exonerate Nigerian Film Industry – No sir. Nollywood guilty as accused.

Ozii Baba, a TedX Speaker, is an Onitsha-based storyteller and social entrepreneur. He works directly with children and young people.

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