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Title:'I want to be a star': doping technology and the incidence of performance-enhancing drugs among actors in Nigeria
Author:Nwadigwe, Charles Emeka
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:drug use
Entertainers--Substance abuse
Drug abuse--Government policy
social problems
Abstract:The incidence of drug addiction and abuse to enhance performance is rising among actors in the Nigerian entertainment industry and this manifests itself in the adoption of different doping technologies to achieve desired results. The author carried out a study to find out why some actors and actresses use performance enhancing drugs, in what circumstances the drugs and stimulants are used, the kinds of doping technologies and drugs they use, categories of performers that use such drugs and the effects of drug use during and after performance. The study was conducted among 64 actors in Onitsha, the centre of the country's home video industry. The study indicates that peer influence, a weak legal system, poverty, and youth adventurism contribute to drug abuse. It concludes that there is a dire need to review the legal codes and enforcement machinery related to the sale and consumption of drugs in Nigeria. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]