BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Last week turned out to be quite an eventful one in Nollywood. During the week, news broke about FilmOne Distribution entering into a major partnership deal with 20th Century Fox, one of USA’s biggest film studios. The deal will see FilmOne distribute Fox films to Nigeria and West Africa. Also, The Guardian Newspapers announced the launch of an online TV platform – Guardian TV. It will be dedicated to news, sports and entertainment videos.
Foluke Daramola, Stella Damasus, Omoni Oboli and of course, Tiwa Savage (Yes, we can claim her. She acted in MTV Shuga 3) were all in the news for various reasons. Some of them were in the you-cannot-beat-my-stupidity competition.
So, here are 5 major things I learned last week.
- Foluke Daramola needs to keep QUIET! Haaaaaaaaa!!! *pulls hair* Jixox! This woman proved to us, twice in the past week that you shouldn’t judge people’s intelligence by their looks. As if Paris Hilton hasn’t done that enough! Her take on gender equality was as watery as the makeup she carries around. As if that was not enough, the Yoruba actress also went into an Instagram bout with two of the women who called her out. After being knocked out several times, she decided to resort to the childish I-am-more-educated-than-you weapon. I think she mentioned an international relations degree somewhere. Well, shame. Anyway, Aunty Daramola, the next time you want to say something that thousands of people will hear, say it into the palm of your hand and put it to your ear first. Make sure it sounds intelligent before you release it. Thank yew.
- Stella Damasus continues to look “guilty” with her explanation analogies. In trying to convince the disinterested universe about how she didn’t “snatch” Daniel Ademinokan from Doris Simeon, our dear Gospel singer keeps letting herself down. In the interview, she says, “You are a man, and according to their story, he is happily married inside his home with his family and I walk into that home to forcefully take a man, able-bodied man, and a kid, away from somebody’s hand and you are there looking at me. How does that work?” Erm, mummy, that is not how husband “snatching” works, and you know. What you just described is kidnapping and no husband “snatcher” does that. How long before Daniel gags this woman abeg!
- Spending over ten years in Nollywood automatically means you’ve had a HUGELY successful career. No ma, it doesn’t work like that. You know yourself.
- Imoh Umoren’s‘ The Happyness Limited looks like a film to look forward to. The filmmaker released a teaser trailer for the movie which stars two of my favourite young actors, Tope Tedela and Seun Kentebe. It tells the story of Gregory Ameh who loses everything in a fire and is trying to reclaim his life. From what I saw in the trailer, it seems we have one makeup masterpiece coming up. Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.
- Nollywood keeps getting the recognition that it deserves. Organizers of Toronto International Film Festival have announced that the Nigerian film industry’s creative and commercial cinema boom has attracted TIFF thereby the need to spotlight it in its City To City Sidebar later this year. This again shows that the hardwork being put in by industry practitioners is not going unnoticed internationally. More of these to come, if hopefully, we do not allow MOPICON to send us back to the 70s.