BY OLUWATOYOSI AGBAJE
The Calabash is a Nollywood drama series from the stable of Obi Emelonye’s Nollywood Factory. It is written by Ukamaka Olisakwe and directed by Obi Emelonye starring Tony Monjaro, Uru Eke, Beyray, Christopher Okogbue. It airs on Africa Magic Showcase.
A struggling bank desperate to avoid liquidation, the management employs stringent measures to coerce their staff to meet targets at all cost. The Calabash is centered around a fictitious bank (Alpha Bank) and what the bankers have to do meet up with the targets their boss give them.
One thing that first struck me while watching this series was the acting of most of the actors. It is below my expectation and I rate it below par. There is no connection at all with the audience. I had to sample the option of fellow television watchers like me and majority agreed!
I am not a banker so I had to ask friends who are bankers how realistic the happening on the series are. They noted that the use of banking terms in the series is poor and the banking hall not standard enough for a make-belief story. It is no news that some banks send out their beautiful young ladies for marketing (corporate prostitution). The stories have been in the news so it was not surprising to see condoms being shared to marketers, cases of blackmail, sleeping with seniors to get to the top and more vices as portrayed by the series.
And the use of laptops? No way! Laptops are not allowed in banking halls for security reasons so why using it in Alpha Bank? (with what I see in banking halls and what I was told)
In as much as the plot is okay, the improper interpretation by the actors the sound, props, angles shot from look amateur.
Though the series tries to x-ray the ills evident in the banking industry, more attention should be paid to details by the research team, writers, producers and directors.
It can be better!
Oluwatoyosi Agbaje also blogs at yottymama.blogspot.com