When you think of pets, conventional names come to mind: dogs, cats, goldfish, etc. But, people have pet goats too. Yes, goats, those hairy, bleating, delicious animals that I find so fascinating. I have never had to babysit anyone’s … Continue reading →
I found out about the AfriNolly Short Film Competition on Google +, and was thrilled when I finally got an opportunity to watch the finalists’ entries. They were all so different in the stories they told and the methods used … Continue reading →
Rarely does a young person quote proverbs in a Nollywood flick. No, that singular honor is reserved for the elderly. Really old people. Okay, maybe not that old. But old enough to use snuff from a snuff box, and drink palm wine. Continue reading →
That is, if you’re watching the movie from the comfort of your own home. If you are in the house of a friend or getting your hair braided when this movie is playing, you have already left the comfort of your home. So ignore that last part after ‘Lagos.’
I started this series earlier in the year, and decided it was time to pick it up again and finish it. So here goes!
You read the title, so you already know what Number 2 is, but I will repeat it to drum it into your head emphasize it:
We love Nollywood because the characters are people we know
Did I really have to use the large text? While you’re still debating that in your mind, let me explain myself.
Unlike Hollywood movies, Nollywood movies are filled with characters that the average Nigerian (and many other nationalities who watch these movies) can relate to. If you overlook the fake American-British-Jamaican-Portuguese (okay, I exaggerated, but you get my point) accent, the characters for the most part sound like you and me. Pure, unadulterated Nigerian accent. But that’s not all. Continue reading →
Last month, Tonwa Anthony a.k.a The Crazy Nigerian nominated me for the Liebster Award. My ears are still tingling from the good news! This is my very first award on this blog and you can imagine my excitement.
Thank you so so much, Tonwa. I don’t know when I will get used to calling him, Tonwa because most of us only knew him as the Crazy Nigerian for the longest time. But that has since changed.
It’s no secret that I love Nigerian movies. The question though is Why. That is what I intend to uncover in the next few posts on this topic. And like a good Nollywood movie, this series will extend well beyond Parts 1 and 2. Join me, will you?
1: To Learn New Vocabulary
To anyone who will listen, I am constantly ranting about how my Yoruba vocabulary has expanded since I started watching Yoruba movies. The same is true for the English movies. Let me give you an example. Continue reading →
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost - Martha Graham.