BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
I think there are actually Instagram stars in Nollywood.
But no, Blossom Chukwujekwu and OC Ukeje are not part of them.
I think that that dread-carrying, cannot-act-to-save-his-life dude who referred to someone on Twitter as a “bitter black woman in need of multiple orgasms” should be first on the list if one about Instagram stars is ever made. But OC and Blossom?
I personally think that OC hasn’t really been challenged/challenged himself in 90% of his recent works. But that does not take away from the fact that he is a fantastic actor. And an intelligent one too. I have interacted with him on several occasions and he earned my respect each time. Blossom? I think he is doing very well too.
Oga Charles Novia has proven himself over time to be someone who is attracted to controversy like an ant is attracted to sweets. That itself is not too much of a problem. But he really needs to learn – probably by going back to school – to choose his words properly.
He loves the word “upstarts”. He uses it more than he actually makes films.
That too, for me, is not much of a problem.
The problem, for me, is the entitlement that he has come to afford himself, that because he made some films in the centuries Before Christ, he should be automatically feared and respected by those who are new in the system but have probably even done far more than him.
That he should never be called out when he goofs.
And Uncle, you goofed big time sir. With your utterances on that show, and your subsequent arrogant series of tweets. Goofing is not leprosy. Even the best of us goof from time to time. But to put on an air of entitlement after and refer to your colleagues as upstarts because they defended their own and called you out?
Wait first sef, let’s do a quick English lesson. Where is your 2B exercise book?
My Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an upstart as “a person who has recently begun an activity, become successful, etc., and who does not show proper respect for older and more experienced people; a newly successful person, business, etc.“
So, Sir Novia, apart from your attempt at an insult, you goofed, again, in your “upstarts” statement.
Here’s how. While talking on the show, you insinuated that many of these “New Nollywood” people were not exactly successful. Hours later, you describe them as upstarts (which means newly successful). Erm, esir. I am not understanding.
Don’t you and Oga director Moses Ewang who made the “Abeokuta” statement realise that if there is any truth to some people not being popular once they step out of Lagos, it is by no means the fault of the actors that they are “only popular in Lagos?” It is an indictment on the system.
The Ramsey Nouah and RMD you referred to as bigger stars made their names when TV was still TV and video cassettes were still the major means of film distribution. That meant almost everyone in the country had access to their works. Well, except they didn’t have a TV set or a video cassette player and they didn’t have video clubs around them. OC and Blossom began making their names when distribution turned into total nightmares and films began to retreat into the convenience of cinema halls.
How many cinema screens are in the whole of Nigeria? How many Nigerians have access to or have warmed up to the idea of watching Nigerian content on VOD platforms such as iROKOtv and Netflix?
So, it is almost natural that they won’t be as popular as the Ramsey Nouahs of this world – just yet. But it is not down to their talent being inferior. Or them putting in less work.
Uncle Novia, the whole world cannot be wrong, and only you right. The almost unanimous backlash that have been directed your way since Saturday should tell you that you were wrong on this.
Admitting this, apologising and moving on will not make Alan Poza any better, or worse than it already is.
Remember, if you cook for the whole community, it will finish the food in no time. But if the whole community cooks for you, by this time in 2044, you’ll still be using water to push down mouthfuls.
Don’t make an enemy of the world sir.
If you had kept your respect intact, some of us would never have had the reason – or the liver sef – to send shade tweets your way or even write a blog post calling you to order.
You’re always quick to remind everyone that you are an elder. But elders maintain respect. They earn it naturally. Not demand it.
Are you an elder who deserves to be respected, or a toddler who should be handed a feeding bottle so that you can channel your frustrations into it?
PS: I used to be a fan.