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5 Things Nollywood Taught Me This Past Week


It wasn’t so much of an electrifying week in the world of Nollywood. Though, there was news about a Nigerian who made a film about outgoing US president, Barack Obama as well as news about Walt Banger leading the way of three Nigerian films selected for the 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

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Lancelot Imasuen‘s ATM premiered during the week and there was the usual, and now even more regular, clapbacks between fan and “star”.

Bishop Umoh also bagged a political appointment in his home state.

Here are 5 things I learned.

1. All these MOPICON review people are comedians. If it wasn’t previously obvious, there was further confirmation in the course of the week. Only that their jokes are too dry to actually laugh at. A leak of the “modified” draft Bill and code of ethics proves this much. There is hardly any change between the one that caused furore and this one. Well, maybe that it is now shorter and with a bit more grammatical errors. Actors in the house, you’re still not permitted to be on more than one project at once. Directors too. SMH!

2. African Booty Scratcher is one comedy series to watch out for. At least, that’s what watching the trailer feels like. This comedy about to be served us by Damilare Sonoiki tells a story of a family of Nigerian immigrants and their struggle to balance wanting a better life for their son with wanting him to maintain their traditional values and cultural identity.

But if, after the promise of the trailer, the series turns out as crap, that will be my trailer “trustability” gone for life.

3. Foluke Daramola has broken the record for most-trash-spoken-at-once; a record she set when she started the “a woman should not be equal to a man” jargon. In an interview monitored over the weekend, Daramola said that the backlash she received has made more money for her.

Don’t forget that I am a brand, when things like that happen, it is more money for me. It is an advantage to me. The reason I actually answered was because I wanted to create a crisis. When Foluke talks, everyone would want to know what is happening and that is what makes the world more interesting,” she said.

How ma? How e take happen? Wọn tí ń tàn aunty yi. SMH!

4. Laide Bakare has $1000 nails sitting on her pretty little slightly-bleached fingers.  Of course, it shouldn’t be a big deal for me if you “runs” level can afford you such. But when she had to announce it to the world using a childish phrase like that, then this quote meme I came across recently is spot on.

And like someone asked, “If her fingers cost that much, how much is her hand?”

5. When American rapper, Ja Rule released “Clap Back” in 2003, little did he know that thirteen years down the line and in a country 10,642km away from his, that phrase would become as frequently used as it is today. Thanks to celebrities and their fans who go at one another on social media. From Omoni Oboli to Lilian Esoro to Foluke Daramola and now Toyin Aimakhu, it only takes a couple of days to wait for the next clap back episode. And, who are we not to enjoy some drama?

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