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This study was set to examine the influence of home videos and drug abuse on youths in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers State. It is a widely held view that the future leaders of any country are its youth. They are the means by which constructive adjustments can be made. For this reason, a lot of people prefer to invest in their youth’s future development. Governments, parents, and guardians invest a great deal of time and money in identifying and developing the potential of young people.  The survey yielded 77 authenticated replies in total. The results of the analysis and collection of responses showed that the use of violence in Nigerian home video films is one of the things that negatively affects young people. Drug usage is another detrimental impact it has on young people. Additionally, one of the effects of Nigerian home video films on the youth in the research region is foul language. Finally, the majority of the time, home videos are to blame for the rise in rape reports in the public. According to the study, parents should be in charge of their children’s home video programs in order to optimize the benefits that these programs offer junior secondary school pupils in the state. Additionally, students’ viewing time could be limited in order to avoid addiction and combat the bad habits that come with junior secondary school kids watching home videos for extended periods of time. Lastly, educators need to help children understand the distinctions between role-playing in theater and real-life situations so that they will not necessarily copy every move in a movie that has a hook and a silk.





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Table of Content

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1.1       Background of the study

1.2       Statement of the problem

1.3       Objective of the study

1.4       Research Questions

1.5       Research hypotheses

1.6       Significance of the study

1.7       Scope of the study

1.8       Limitation of the study

1.9 Definitions of Terms


2.1       Conceptual Framework

2.2       Theoretical Framework

2.3       Review of Empirical studies


3.1       Introduction

3.2       Research Design

3.3       Population of the study

3.4       Sample size determination

3.5       Sample size selection technique and procedure

3.6       Research Instrument and Administration

3.7       Method of data collection

3.8       Method of data analysis

3.9       Validity of the study

3.10     Reliability of the study

3.11     Ethical consideration


4.1       Data Presentation

4.2       Answering Research Questions

4.3       Test of Hypotheses


5.1       Summary

5.2       Conclusion

5.3       Recommendation





                                                CHAPTER ONE


1.1 Background of the Study

Home videos have become more and more significant in public relations initiatives, thanks to its extensive distribution and capacity to sway behavior, it has aided in the fight against racism, poverty, and gender bias related to HIV/AIDS. Currently, there is a pressing need to utilize this medium’s full potential to teach young people to abstain from drug addiction and trafficking. There is compelling evidence that well thought-out home video advertising can lower drug consumption by dispelling myths about normative drug use. Numerous military and civilian governments have looked for solutions to address the issues caused by the worrying trends of youth indiscipline. On the other hand, youths frequently use digs (self medicine) without a pharmacist’s prescription. Drugs used without a pharmacist’s prescription could cause a number of health issues in young people. Adolescents abuse drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, marijuana, and so forth due to a variety of factors, including ignorance, tradition, peer pressure, and the desire to feel more confident.

The words on home videos have a profound effect on society, and young people play a key role in establishing socially acceptable spaces. Quick and simple information and education flow is ensured via home videos. Certain home films play music and convey messages against social media, including drug, alcohol, and sex abuse. Teenagers have recently gotten incredibly violent and out of control, and this is awful. Drug misuse and other harmful behaviors have contributed to this outburst of instances. As our home video has shown us, drugs and other pleasures have similar effects on the brain to those of gambling, chocolate, the internet, and drugs. This revelation has significance that goes far beyond understanding drug misuse and pleasure.

Nigerian film industry produces movies on video cassette, video compact disc (VCD), and more recently, digital video disc (DVD). These formats are used to create Nigerian movies, also known as Nollywood movies. These Nigerian films are also aired on cable networks that people subscribe to and watch on television; these networks fall under the category of media types. Examples of these networks are “Africa Magic,” “Nollywood,” “Magic Africa,” etc.; they are also shown on DSTV, “Cine Africa,” “MYTV,” and other channels. According to societal studies, the media is undoubtedly regarded as one of the socialization’s agents. This indicates that the media has the power to positively or negatively impact people’s attitudes, characters, lifestyles, and cultures. Since more and more members of society have access to televisions thanks to technology, it is crucial to understand the genres of movies that are being made for viewing.

Drug misuse at any age can have major detrimental impacts on one’s health, but teens who abuse drugs are especially vulnerable to these risks. As a result, drug abuse has an impact on society and youth in certain ways. Adolescents who abuse drugs are more prone to experience addiction in the future and suffer from severe brain damage that is permanent. All people, young or elderly, frequently take drugs. Drug abuse is the use of drugs for reasons other than medicinal ones, which has a detrimental impact on a person’s social, cognitive, or physical well-being. Kuria (in 1996). It is true that drugs can be used therapeutically and are a useful substance for maintaining good health, but many people, especially young people, abuse them. They utilize it for illicit and illegitimate purposes, which makes it bad for the body.

Drug misuse among young people worldwide has grown to be a severe issue that affects everyone. Many people, especially young ones, are driven by addiction into a depressing cycle of pessimism that can often be fatal. They range from adolescent ecstasy users and glue-sniffing street kids to die-hard heroin and cocaine addicts (Nacada, 2005). Drug misuse is the cause of lost income, damaged school property, skyrocketing medical expenses, and fractured families. We are all impacted by this issue as parents, kids, educators, government employees, taxpayers, and workers. “The mass media are very powerful socializing agents,” claims Daramola (2005). Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and movies comprise the bulk of the mass media. They are dispersed, vast, and diverse audiences that are reached by impersonal sources. Although their precise function in socialization is debatable, they have a huge impact on news and entertainment distribution. Therefore, a number of studies have linked the mass media, particularly television, to having a significant impact on how children, adolescents, and even adults socialize.

People, especially children and young adults, adopt various violent and aggressive behaviors—whether consciously or unconsciously—from watching these films on a regular basis. They frequently use these behaviors in their community, at school, and in other social situations. They are prone to engage in numerous criminal activities such as rape, bullying, kicking, and other delinquent actions as they watch violent movies. (Oslow, 2003). Themes such as the perils of polygamy, extramarital affairs, elopement, various rituals, cultism, betrayal, marriage, witchcraft, incest, clash between Western and traditional cultures, landlords and tenants, widowhood, teenage pregnancy, drug trafficking, campus life, tribal conflicts, religious conflicts, organized crime, murder, etc. are all covered in these films, which also cover issues that are universal and African in nature (Akpabio, 2003:138–139).

The foundation of the Nigerian cinema business has been the portrayal of negative subjects, most likely due to the benefits of consistent audience support as well as the audience’s interest in pornography, nudity, violence, and other similar topics. It was alleged that the industry overemphasized themes of negativity. In its recommendations for motion picture makers, the industry regulator, the National Film and Video Censors Board, demanded that productions portray violence, crimes, sex, pornography, vulgarity, obscenity, and other sensitive issues in an appropriate manner (NFVBC, 2000:107-111).The majority of Nigerian films now have changed or gotten worse with time, particularly the ones that feature drug abuse, sex, pornography, and vulgarity. This present study is particular about the influence that Nigerian home videos has on youths with respect to abuse of drugs.

1.2 Statement of the Problem

The youth are supposed to be well-educated, morally pure, respectful, honest, intellectually sound, kind-hearted, and capable in the classroom. On the other hand, the majority of today’s kids are involved in cults, drug addiction, robberies, prostitution, and a number of other social vices that have a detrimental impact on society. They are also behind in their academic pursuits. Children are frequently observed watching videos and movies on a daily basis. The bad impacts of these videos will also indirectly damage society as a whole since people who watch Nigerian movies are also members of the community and the media, particularly television, has the power to shape people’s behavior. That is to say, if people start acting in certain ways after watching these films, it could have an indirect effect on society and lead to social problems like an increase in drugs usage and rape reports, abortions, an overabundance of unwanted babies in homes for motherless babies, violence, a rise in crime rates, juvenile delinquencies, and so on. Therefore, by examining the nature and substance of these films as well as the reasons behind their continued popularity among viewers despite their depraved nature, this study aims to examine the depth of the malevolence of Nigerian movies in our modern culture. Drug addiction and its consequences on young people are pertinent to the current pattern of events, which has been seen to be expanding more and more over time. Increased drug use has been linked to a number of risks for the nation as a whole as well as for the individual abusing drugs. The majority of people who live in Port Harcourt City use drugs as a social and cultural practice where drug dealers sell their wares to young people. Additionally, attendees are given narcotics as a form of refreshment at young birthday parties. The younger ones grow up to become drug abuser, thereby seeming no harm whatsoever in use of drug intake. It is in consideration of the above that the researcher is concerned with survey of effect of home videos and drug abuse on the youths in Port Harcourt metropolis.

1.3 Objectives of the Study

The main aim of this study, is to ascertain the impact of home videos and drug abuse on the youths in Port Harcourt metropolis. The specific objectives of the study are as follows:-

  1. To ascertain if there is a significant relationship between Nigerian video films and drug abuse.
  2. To identify the negative effects or disadvantages associated with watching Nigerian movies.
  3. To find out how Nigerian movies can affect the society indirectly.
  4. To suggest ways to prevent or reduce the negative effects or malevolence caused by Nigerian movies in our contemporary society.

1.4   Research Questions

This study will seek answers to questions such as:

  • Is there any significant relationship between Nigerian video films and drug abuse?
  • What are the negative effects or disadvantages associated with watching Nigerian movies?
  • How can Nigerian movies affect the society indirectly?

1.4      Research Hypotheses

H0: There is no significant relationship between Nigerian video films and drug abuse.

H1: There is a significant relationship between Nigerian video films and drug abuse.

H0: There are no negative effects or disadvantages associated with watching Nigerian movies on youths.

H2: There are negative effects or disadvantages associated with watching Nigerian movies on youths.