Nigerian film Actor and producer Dele Odule has cautioned young Nigerians to be weary of the dangers posed by the social media platform , stating that without caution, it could destroy a lot of people.
In a chat with Saturday Beats, the respected actor said that while the social media has helped the society to develop in many aspects, it has contributed to the loss of morals and values in several parts of the country today.
According to him, the situation has resulted in a lot of people losing sense of their cultural values and imbibing all sorts of alien behaviours that are now threatening the sanity of the society.
“My worry is that a lot of people are not making appropriate use of the social media. In instances that they are supposed to hide their heads, they expose themselves unnecessarily all in the name of posting certain things on the social media.
“People have forgotten our culture; they are indulging in practices that our society ordinarily does not accept all in the name of civilisation and trying to follow trends in the Western world.
“Though the social media will not expose an individual on its own, it is what such persons put out there that will expose and endanger them. This technology and innovation have been abused by a lot of people in Nigeria,” he said.
But despite that hard stance, the celebrated movie practitioner also had positive thoughts about the social media. Odule said that the entertainment industry has benefitted immensely from the creation and usefulness of the social media to continue on the path of development.
According to him, the industry in Nigeria has continued to enjoy global prominence with much of that credit going to this innovation in recent times.
“Social media has been very good to the entertainment industry in Nigeria.
“As a result of piracy, many producers have gone online so that they can get the money they have invested in a particular production.
“A lot of young guys in the sector have continued to make names for themselves by leveraging on the power of the social media to bring their ideas and concepts to the front burner,” he said.