BY DEOYE FALADE
2016 is a weird year – weirdly controversial that is. Barely a week passes without something happening to set tongues wagging and fingers furiously tweeting and posting online. From clapbacks to award dramas and matters relating to iyalaya everybody, this cup of controversy is already full and we’re only three months in! In any case, we’re enjoying the show but there are also some issues that leave knots in our chests that we wish they’re over soon.
I feel really bad for Ibinabo Fiberesima. There seems to be no joy for her at the moment from an issue that happened a decade ago in which she was involved in an accident that killed one Dr Giwa. It’s a manslaughter case and things like these are rarely cut and dry. Some family members want her to pay for what’s happened but it’s not even theirs to dictate as it’s a case between the state and Ibinabo.
I think the first judge to rule that a sum of 100k be paid to the family as compensation made a hash of things. I think Ibinabo’s lawyer messed up. And I also think Ibinabo’s apparent struggle to ‘make it all go away’ is making everything worse. If the statement by Dr Giwa’s sister that Ibinabo declined agreeing to make a public apology on the grounds that it would hurt her career is true, then it’s grossly insensitive and utterly selfish. A man is dead because of you, someone with a family, mouths to feed and others who are bound to him by bonds of blood and love. Even if it were within the family’s power to not press charges, her initial actions in the early years would probably have served to piss them off and seek for blood in return.
I understand that no sane person leaves home with the intention of making another human being roadkill. It was an accident but there’s a strong case of excessive speeding and driving under the influence involved. Plus it was alleged that she fled the scene taking vehicle particulars that could be used to trace her. People panic and do irrational things. That’s understandable but it’s not cool either.
Justice isn’t always about punishment but actions have consequences and I think the bereaved family needs closure too. It’s going to be hard to take but I think she should stop fighting. Taking the case from one judicial level to the other in an apparent bid to ‘escape’ the wrath of the law looks to me like struggling in quicksand – it’s only making things worse. It doesn’t look good already, quit struggling Ibinabo, you’re strong. You can take whatever’s coming on the chin and come out the better for it. In my opinion, going to jail for manslaughter will not necessarily kill her acting career.
Thisday Style’s Strong ‘Unlooking’ Game
Just this past weekend, ThisDay Style did what they do best by being at the forefront of contemporary lifestyle conversations in the country. From Tinie to Olajumoke, it’s been a really good year for them. So why not kick it up a notch by having a list of the best dressed Nollywood personalities around?
That’s a good thing.
So why do some people have issues with the perceived snubbing of some people on the cover and in the entire list – which had most actors at the recent AMVCA on it? Sure, Omotola wasn’t at this year’s event, OC Ukeje too and to me that is weird. If you have 13 people on the cover who attended the recent AMVCA, why shoehorn 2 absentees to make it 15? Why not add two others who were actually at the event? It’s one kind. You might think readers won’t notice these things but they do – and this time around they did.
It’s a good list and ThisDay had a scope – it was about Nollywood’s Best Dressed, not ‘Best Dressed at the AMVCA’ so it’s beyond those present at the event but across Nollywood. And this is why I found it curious that no actor or actress from the Yoruba film sub-section made it into the list. Nobody involved in Hausa films? What about our Asaba people?
Like Adesua Etomi said, it shouldn’t be an issue and on a personal note I might agree. However, as someone interested in seeing that the Nigerian film industry is expansively covered, this list does some sort of disservice even if it’s not intentional. It’s like saying, “Hey, we all know who the real Nollywood actors are and if they’re not in the English-speaking movies then they’re not in Nollywood.” Of course ThisDay isn’t saying this, nobody is saying so but we sure as hell act like it! For the most part, people involved in movies where the language of use is the native tongue, are an afterthought.
This is the by-product of a good number of Nigerians acting like people who watch AfricaMagic Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa or Epic are retarded. It’s like if they don’t look Hollywood-ish they’re not cool enough. And that’s a terrible thing if we really want to grow.
On the flipside though, those who for the most part are involved in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo movies seem to have some sort of ‘isolationist’ attitude – save for a few. Why do we rarely have crossovers anymore like we used to – days when a Ramsey Noah or Liz Benson in a Yoruba movie would drive the audience crazy? You would expect that a Damilola Attoh would make appearances in Yoruba movies or that Mercy Aigbe and Toyin Aimakhu would feature frequently in English-speaking movies but this isn’t the case. So they might have some part to play in it too. Mix more and we’ll all be better for it.
We’re Nigerians, let’s own our s***. All of it!