Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a Nollywood filmmaker, Alex Nweke, has appealed to his colleagues to de-emphasise gains and positively influence Nigeria’s socio-political life.

“Filmmakers and the entire motion picture industry should use their platforms to sensitise the masses regarding desired political attitude,’’ Nweke said in Lagos on Sunday.

The filmmaker spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

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He said that the industry had enormous roles to play in encouraging effective youth participation in politics as well as in promoting good governance.

“Nollywood is third movie industry in the world but we have not done so much to influence the development of our society.

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“It is sad to know that some movie makers are more concerned about money and are careless about correcting the ills that strangle our value system,” he said.

“Building big brands and neglecting the state of the nation might boomerang on the industry.

He said that the industry should use movies to sensitise Nigerians to best practices in the socio-political sphere as well as encourage younger people to run for elective posts and distinguish themselves if successful.

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“Now is the time to encourage younger people who are fit and innovative enough to govern us,” he said.(NAN)