Imagine what life would have been like without Nollywood growing up.
That was before it was easy to buy foreign movies or to download one.
For most people who were never allowed to step out of their house (don’t deny it, it happened to a lot of us) that was only what we knew as entertainment.
We stare in awe at the actors and actresses, cursing the ones that have the misfortune of acting bad roles.
We look at each other’s faces to see who is crying to a sad movie.
But in those moments, we were taking in the lessons, both consciously or unconsciously. Lessons that have remained with us and might remain with us for the rest of our lives.
How the wealthy are portrayed?
“I don’t want to be wealthy, I just need enough to take care of me and my family”.
Think about how many times you have heard that statement.
It is one of the legacies of Nollywood.
This is as a result of the way wealthy people are portrayed as bad people. This message is so frequent that most people will rather have nothing to do with wealth.
They will tell you that they want peace of mind.
Nollywood has made us believe a lot of things, but here, we focus on what they have made us believe about money and wealth and about people who are wealthy.
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1.They must pay a visit to the native doctor
Visiting a native doctor is not enough, but as a condition for the ritual to make them wealthy, they must sacrifice something important.
What are the three most important things they usually take away?
Ok here they are:
- Your beloved mother (It is usually mothers, I don’t know why)
- Your beloved wife.
- Then, your beloved baby.
They must be beloved. If they are not loved madly, then they will not do the job.
After then will they become wealthy. Nothing more, nothing less. No hard work or learning from their part. Just do the sacrifice and you are on your way to wealth.
2.They are wicked
They are believed to be inhuman. They deal with people the way they like. When you mess with them, it’s your end.
They do not have a heart. They are wicked to widows, orphans and any other person they perceived to be vulnerable. Most time, there is no reason to be wicked to them. They are wicked to them just so they will bear the name wicked people.
In fact, that is a necessary habit. Even if you are a good person before you become wealthy, then you must change. Being good is not deserving of a wealthy person.
3.They are miserable
They told us that they are not happy people.
Can you imagine that?
It is now known widely that being wealthy does not make you happy. But a lot of people will rather be wealthy and be able to solve some problems on their own. Besides, that lesson does not sell these days.
But that is how wealthy are in our Nollywood movies
4.They don’t sleep at night.
They suffer from perpetual insomnia. But it is not the scientifically proven insomnia.
It is insomnia caused by their village people that will not allow them to sleep at night or insomnia caused by all those wishes and wizard they consulted before they became wealthy.
What you have to do is stay up all night and fire back at them when they fire at you.
5.They are greedy and dishonest
Despite the fact that they are wealthy, they will still force their poor neighbours to give up their lands and every other property they might own.
If you have any business dealing with them, they will deceive you and go away with your money.
You can’t just trust them.
6.They don’t have peace
They are always restless. At any point in their life, something is troubling them.
If they are not thinking of how to kill a rival, they will be thinking of how to kill a neighbour.
If they are not thinking of how to kill a neighbour, then it will be about the next ritual.
What will you say of someone who does not sleep at night. The person does not have peace obviously.
We are all human and human beings want to have a good life and be happy.
If those things are the only conditions to attain wealth, a lot of people will give it up and rather have a happy and fulfilling life.
But they are not the conditions. They are all lies.
There are so many wealthy people that are honest.
There are so many wealthy people that are not wicked.
There are so many wealthy people that are not greedy, that have peace and sleep well at night. In fact, if you have a sleeping competition with them, they will have deeper and longer sleep than you.
If in any way you have been affected by these lies, then see them as what they are – lies.
You can be wealthy and sleep peacefully at night.
You can be wealthy without being greedy and dishonest.
Most importantly you can be wealthy and happy.
Honest people like you can make wealth so long as you keep to the rules of making wealth.
We can all create wealth – loads of them – without all those troubles.
What other money and wealth lies have you been fed by our film industry. Share in the comment section.