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.’
But read on …
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
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