Prof. Abdulrasheed Adeoye of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin on Friday advised Artistic-Directors in the Nigerian film industry against promoting nudity in films.
Adeoye made the call in his paper presentation at the 186th inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin entitled:”Poetics of Legislation and De-Legislation on play Directing”.
He said that in the post-colonial age, flaws remained a combatant or combination of illusion and the performing artists are not exempted.
According to him, this is so because nudism sells and indecent dressing through body exploitation brings money to some performing artists.
He stated that his studies on films showed that artistic directors who placed economic gain above other positive issues allowed the pressure from producers to override their beliefs.
He said that studies also showed there was dislike for actors and actresses who often act nude, half-nude or dress indecently.
“The culture of copying bad Western tendencies and behaviours should be discouraged,” he said.
The expert in performing art also pointed out that theatre could be used as a critical conveyor of culture because of its universality.
“Performing artists as philosophers of revolution and reality can use theatre to show societal ills such as armed militias, indiscriminate killing, Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, maladministration, unemployment and anti-democratic tendencies.
“The aim is to bring desired change. The performing artists are expected to use the current local, national and international issues for artistic creation, direction and production of performances,” he said.
Adeoye urged Performing and Theatre Arts Departments to include the multicultural society in the country to their art plays to foster unity and cohesion.