BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
The fourth instalment of MTVShuga officially came to an end last night as the 6th episode and season finale aired on MTVBase and a few other channels.
For those of you who missed it, step this way to catch the pulsating end to the show. I stopped doing spoilers when I became born again, so I wouldn’t ruin the experience for you.
And after the various success stories recorded on the just-ended season, here are 5 quick reasons I think Viacom should #BringBackOurBelovedMTVShuga.
Honestly, it was a resounding success.
Pre-production, production and the aftermath of the whole process. There wasn’t any drama…at least, none that we heard of. If there were any major controversies, they were properly managed “backstage”. Kudos to the cast and crew of the show.
MTVShuga’s success did not only end with the show itself. It made massive impact among its target audience – the youth. This year, 47,642 young people went for testing during the “On Tour with MTV Shuga” while 160 peer educators were trained in conjunction with the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Those beautiful ladies and gentlemen.
Who did not love seeing the beautiful faces our screens were graced with while the show ran? From fast-rising Nollywood beauty, Adesua Etomi, to the stunning (and I mean STUNNING) Ghanaian actress, Peace Hyde. Add to that list South Africa’s Mohau Cele, and the young Jemimah Osunde and Zoe Favour.
I’d leave the females to make the list of the male characters.
The quality of the production.
It isn’t everyday that you see a TV show aimed at the youth produced so meticulously as MTVShuga. Especially in this part of the world.
The production was way above average. Cinematography, location, set, props, costume, make-up and almost everything else was on point. Many other film and TV show producers should take a lesson on crowd/extras management from MTVShuga. The opening montage is one of the best I have seen in a “Nigerian” production for a while.
Acting wasn’t particularly great for me. But I wouldn’t lay the blame on the doorstep of the actors. As talented as he is, Biyi Bandele still has some way to go in proving to me that he is a first-class screen director.
Giving young African actors a taste of Naija.
Three principal actors, Nick Mutuma (Kenya), Peace Hyde (Ghana) and Mohau Cele (South Africa) were part of this MTVShuga instalment and having had the opportunity to interact with the trio, I am firmly of the belief that bringing them to Nigeria to be part of the show is actually a good point the producers scored.
Nick and Mohau had never been to Nigeria prior to the shoot and they told me they were glad to be in Nigeria and they had fabulous stories to take back home with them. Mohau even told me she felt safer in Nigeria than she felt when in SA while Nick said he was looking forward to moving here someday soon.
The money. *gulps*
*Gulps again* Do you know how much was expended on this series? It was nothing short of good news for the Nigerian entertainment economy.
The cast and crew were WELL paid and it was a welcome development seeing some of the young talents get rewarded for their talent rather than for how long they have been around.
For example, this was Zoe Favour’s first encounter with the camera on a professional level (she’s fresh out of secondary school) and what she got paid on this project is enough to *begins sobbing* make me question if I’m in the right profession.
*Passes out sobbing*