Nollywood star actor and comedian, John Okafor, popularly known as, Mr. Ibu, in an interview with Vanguard recalls how his father died and reveals why their movies are full of rituals
During the course of the interview, he was asked why most Nollywood films tilt towards, ritual and affluence that are perceived as lacking morals?
The actor said,
Films are a reflection of the society. Nobody believes he is a poor person in Nigeria. We are trying to give proper interpretation of what is happening in the society.
Films give back the life in the society. But, already, we have held a meeting that all things should go and give way for films dwelling on family, tragic, comedy stories.
The issue is that the ritual thing can’t even go in the society. My father for instance, was poisoned to death by his best friend. I was young then. When my father died, he told my mother in a dream about three weeks after, that it was his best friend that killed him. In that dream, my father told my mother, to invite the man who killed him but nobody should hurt him.
My father equally instructed my mum to invite his brothers and relations inside our compound. And tell them what he said. My mother invited the man, as my father instructed and other relatives.
My fathers instruction was done exactly as it came. They told the man what my father said. He denied and they said okay, you will eat the yam roasted on my father’s grave. If you did not do it, you will go home, but if you did it, you will die here. The yam was roasted on my father’s grave in the presence of the man.
All the elders in my village ate the yam and said the yam was sweet and that we did not put poison in the food roasted on my father’s grave. Then came to the turn of the man to eat. The elders asked him to say that if he was responsible for the death of my father, Emmanuel Okafor, let this food be the last food he will eat. But if he did not know anything about my father’s death, let his life span be increased. The man who killed my father refused to eat it. And remember, my father had warned us in the dream, that we should not touch him.
When he refused, nobody touched him and he left. That is to tell you that the rituals we are shooting is real. But the new generations coming up, they are oblivious about these concoctions. That is why we shoot films to highlight these things so that people will know and shun such evil ways.