BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
Nigerian films are flying at TIFF. Wonderful!
So far, The Wedding Party and 93 Days have screened to SOLD OUT audiences.
What’s the big deal, why put SOLD OUT in bold letters you ask? Ask the production companies’ PR outfit who make sure they include that detail in their press releases. They are also quick to add that the films received standing ovations. Nollywood films have done what films from other City to City participants haven’t done. Someone should write those Guinness World Records people about this feat now that it seems like they have Nollywood‘s time.
Who else saw David Oyedokun Oyelowo‘s speech? Correct guy! Making all our comported and composed Nollywood celebrities scream since 1818. See how they were just shouting anyhow. After they will be forming superstar who cannot applaud other people’s films here in Nigeria. And, am I the only one who noticed how Oyelowo was able to properly pronounce his names despite only spending seven years in Nigeria as a child. But seated, in that same, auditorium were ‘stars’ who couldn’t properly pronounce their names without an accent despite spending all their lives in Nigeria. They should continue.
I hear that our people have been taking photos everywhere and with everything in Toronto. That’s not a problem sha. At least there are no reports of anyone applying for asylum yet. Some of us have been holding fire prayer sessions since we heard that some people (don’t let us call them filmmakers) under the umbrella of Nollywood Refugees Association of Nigeria (calm down, that’s not the actual name they used) started applying for visas immediately they heard TIFF was hosting Nollywood.
TIFF Rising Stars, OC Ukeje and Somkele Idhalama have been gleefully talking to the press. They haven’t said anything they shouldn’t have said yet but come to think of it, is OC still a ‘rising star’? Idhalama we can accept. OC? Not so much. Some even think he hasn’t outperformed himself in several years. He’s a brilliant actor and all but he hasn’t raised the OC standard with his performance in recent films. He needs to give us something truly jaw-dropping soon. I hope Adesua Etomi reads this too. AMVCAs can be deceiving. Anyway, we love our OC. And our Adesua. They are both bae.
I’m still rooting for our films sha. We should be getting reports of Izu Ojukwu‘s ’76 premiere soon (it should have ended an hour or so ago); In Conversation With Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan too. The Arbitration is screening tomorrow. But make una wait first! Isn’t Just Not Married supposed to have screened on Saturday? Warrapuned? Why didn’t we hear anything or even see fotos? Not even peem! Abi they don’t have money for PR like the others? Or there is no “SOLD OUT” and “STANDING OVATION” to report? OK o!
We are still waiting for aunty Omoni Oboli and her people to address the
TIFF thief allegations. She’s being too quiet for my liking. Or is she telling us she’s guilty?
Anyway, let me go back to my prayers. There must be no sudden disappearances in Canada. We wee not take it!