By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Actress Seyi Edun’s 2014 movie, Eja Nla is what is wrong with Nollywood.
Her name might not immediately ring a bell but with 100k + followers on Instagram and what seems like a fast growing fan base, Ms Edun is clearly one of the fast rising Actresses in the Yoruba arm of Nollywood.
Recently, her name became something of interest on Google when she was reported to be in a romantic relationship with Superstar Actress Toyin Aimakhu’s estranged husband, Adeniyi Johnson.
Honestly, I did not know who she was until then and I would admit that I knew of her through this situation.
However, as a not-too-young woman in the Industry, it hurts to see when a woman’s most popular achievement is marriage or “snatching” another woman’s husband.
Suddenly, her hardwork is shoved in the backseat and the man in her life and what she did to “land” that man becomes more interesting to the media and, the public.
So believe me, when I saw Shai Entertainment on Africa Magic Yoruba yesterday, I was ecstatic.
Remember when I said I had no idea who Ms Edun was before? But at the same time, because I badly hoped she’d be in the news for more sensible reasons, I noted her Production company (which she put on her Instagram bio) in my head.
So all I needed to see was Shai Entertainment and I told my mom I was going to sit through the entire movie.
I badly wanted to believe in Seyi Edun’s career. I badly wanted to see beyond the light skin, the sensuous body (which she is described with mostly) and the scandal associated with dating a senior colleague’s estranged husband.
So when Power went off in the first scene, I was disappointed. Luckily for me, it got restored some minutes after and again, I joined my mother in the sitting room to finish what I started.
Immediately I sat, my mom told me she’d seen the movie before. She said in Yoruba that Olamide (Seyi Edun’s character) was desperate to tear Muyiwa Ademola’s character’s home apart in the movie. She added that he didn’t have sex with her but as an employee in his place of work, she just got into him so much…
“She was obsessed with him” I add, unknown to me that I’d just said the title of the movie.
Few scenes later and I gasp in horror as I watch Aunty Seyi (oh yes, she deserves Aunty for that grand theft auto move) recreate every single scene in the hugely popular Hollywood movie, Obsessed, for her audience.
Even the scene where Idris Elba’s character went on a retreat for work was played out for me to see! Except this time, white plastic chairs replaced the ones you saw in Obsessed and cheap wine replaced the Liquor in Obsessed.
I was stunned.
I was further shocked when I saw Muyiwa Ademola was the one chosen to play my beloved Idris Elba!!!!
Hmm… ejo n be lorun aro dake!
I was hoping a miracle would happen until I saw Seyi’s character pull an Ali Larter move in the work retreat!
That was when I lost it.
Eja Nla is the Actress’ debut movie as a Producer and she pilfered an entire movie and unashamedly recreated scene after scene with no remorse whatsoever.
And she dared put a price on that movie?!
Pesin wey suppose dash us for free. Abi no be tief she tief am?
Later, she would blame the government.
I would like to point out the irony of this situation which is, Obsessed is said to have been a poor imitation of Fatal Attraction by Critics. And Grand Master Seyi went and made a poor imitation of a seemingly poor imitation in her wisdom.
Hmm… my heart will go on… it must go on after this huge blow dealt me.
However, my heart is not the only thing going on, my fingers too must go on. It must go on to point out the evil movies like this do to Nollywood.
Movies like this need to cease because they add to Nollywood’s problems. We have a lot of stories to tell and people would rather remake Hollywood movies?
Nobody is saying you shouldn’t be inspired by your favorite Hollywood movie, just don’t copy and paste like you probably did your Thesis.