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Revival of live theatre vital tool to correct social ills, says veteran actor

A veteran actor, Paul Adams, has said the revival of live theatres in the nation was a vital tool to corrective social ills.
“In the early 1980’s compared to what we have today shows you how the industry has helped us to abandon our cultural heritage for lack of theatres that thought our children indepth African culture,’’ he said.
Adams told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Nollywood had lost the ability to raise budding acts with strong character trait from the genre of movies produced.
“Nollywood has accepted producers who don’t have passion for the industry but for money. Producing movies that will sell but not tell the truth about life, and what we in Africa believe and live by are not the way forward.
“With the recent movies that flood the market you cannot find acts that have strong character to drive home our values, but if they do stage plays it won’t be the same,’ ‘ he said.
The thespian said that live theatres would promote and sustain purely Nigerian content which would raise a generation that would imbibe and live as Africans.
“I have been in the industry since 1987 and will tell you that there is no way you will have people take their children to theatres and have a bad society.
“It is true because every theatre will strictly have Nigerian content and promote our culture which does not have questionable beliefs. If we promote and build more theatres, we build a people with rich cultural heritage,’’ he said.
According to Adams, the African child needs to learn about his environment in order to find possible ways to correct the ills that destroyed his immediate community.
“I grew up reading stories and saw plays like Palm Wine tapper, Village Headmaster, Drummer boy, Tales by Moonlight and so on. All these formed a mental picture I still carry till date that informs my decisions over the years.
“What drive our children today are the likes of Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, which has nothing to teach our kids. So, when it’s time to make decisions they really can’t make the best out of situations’ ‘ he said.

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