Check: A look into Ebube Nwagbo’s movie and our today’s youth - by Amaechi Ossai

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The youth of today are under pressure. Consciously or unconsciously, the youth box themselves into a needless spot in their pursuit to belong and be termed popular, cool, fashionable, hip in todays pop culture. This need to fit in also comes with the added advantage of being accepted by their peers.

In this quest, the youth act indifferent in the face of the damning consequences that lie up ahead. To the youth, they are in-tune with global trends in fashion, music and lifestyle. They know everything. Yet, they are totally blind to the end result of their choices.

Of late, unplanned pregnancy has become a common issue. To them,havingsex is an integral part of coming ofageandthose who have the good sense to abstain and concentrate on their education, are considered to bestrung up,andto use street lingo, wackby their peers.
The day a girl discovers that she is pregnant she mentally receives a sudden shot of reality check, and those issues that she was indifferent about all the while starts comingto the fore.She suddenlyrealizes that herdreamsand aspirationswereabout to take a backseat. She no longer thinks about herselfin exclusivity,but about taking full responsibility for another human being. A responsibility she ismentallyill-prepared and ill-equipped to shoulder, financially and emotionally.

To make matters worse,instead of seekinginformed opinions, sheleansonher peers for advice;ill-informed advice. Some forcing marriage on thefellow who is responsible forherunbornbaby, a fellow who may be ill-prepared to shoulder the consequences of his actions. The outcome from such contrived situation isanything but pleasant.
In my view,thesepitfallsare avoidable.And it starts with theyouth setting their priorities right from the onset.Theyouth shouldcling to education and self-development and actualization instead of engagingin activities capable of circumventing theirentire futureprospects. An educated youthis an informed youth. And an informed youthknows what is right and proper at the right time and under the proper conditions.
I posit that the only way to prevent teenage pregnancy iseducation. Educating the minds of the youth isthe key. Ibelieve that organizing talks on this issue, formal and informal, will go a long way in addressing this scenario. One veritable informal platform is entertainment: the big screen to be precise.
This writer was privileged to watch a sneak preview of a new movie from the stables ofPoshworldProductions titled NOT ENOUGH, starring AlexEkubo,EbubeNwagbo,OgeOkoye,NazoEkezie, TinaAmuziam,SaraphinaAmaechiand Bassey Bonny Michael.The movie isdirectedby award-winning director,AfeOlumowe.It was produced by Nollywood actress Ebube Nwagbo,co-produced and written by Ogonna Mbonu.
Thestoryline of themovie dwellsbasically onyouth issues. Irecommend this movie to theyouth. The movie can also be used as material for youth issues-based workshops and seminars. Also, the youth shouldmakeit a priority to watch themovie whenit is eventually released for public viewing.
Todaysyouth need a reality check. Sex is not love.Love is not sex.Both are notinterchangeable. Pregnancy is not, and will never beaticket to forcingmarriageon a man who is not prepared for it. Marriage is a good thing. Butmarriage under duress is a misnomer.
Theright priorities over time, strengthen self-esteem, engender self-actualization and guarantee a great future.

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