Bernard Dayo is a pop culture writer for The Naked Convos and a speculative fiction writer. His short stories have been published on Afreada, Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and his first novel, The Year of the Space Mission, is forthcoming. When he isn't watching his favourite TV shows, he constructively uses Twitter for anti-oppression work and social justice.
You can’t even be serious as a filmmaker if your leading female protagonist isn’t constantly thinking of marriage. What???? She has to end up with a man because it’s the way things are. Don’t pretend you don’t know this. And don’t try to change or subvert this narrative.
Mascara is a story about four women who live as friends in a Lagos-based apartment. I had expected Lagos to be an extra, buoyant character on its own, rippling with familiar charm and chaos. But the establishing shot in the first episode was as dull as wet fish. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the shots of tall buildings and the cityscape were grafted from an unconnected, pre-existing source.
Comparatively, Africa Magic is in chief control of what it decides to broadcast, and, put bluntly, it is partly responsible for Nollywood’s bad image. The streaming era hasn’t forced the movie channel into obsolescence.
For some, a film might demand a bit more attention on their part if they are historical dramas or period pieces, especially if the reason is purely academic. 2017 had a slate of films retelling history, from Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk to Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit.
At its core, June is about personal happiness and the things we are willing to sacrifice for it. Adewale had to decide between June and his inheritance, June made attempts to rekindling her past relationship with Chudy, so that she can feel the love she once felt and ultimately get back on the road to marriage.
Den of Thieves even pits Nick against Ray in a sort of impromptu shooting practice contest, with Ray walking languidly away as the winner. But the film’s uncomfortable moments, like Nick putting Donnie in a choke hold in their post-bar encounter, is a signifier of racial America and its destructive politics.
During the airing of the sixth episode of Thrones’ bombastic seventh season, which I was yet to see at the time, I stumbled on a spoiler on Twitter that one of Daenerys’ dragons died.
The reason for this drastic move isn’t funny, though. They are protesting domestic violence against women, the ones who have died from it and the ones whose lives are in current danger. They have had enough and want the state government to intervene.
A large chunk of films produced this year hewed closely to comedy, a tried-and-true formula that props humour as the new gold rush, considering how AY Makun keeps making box office-impacting, travel comedy films. By this, we become forgiving of these films and their lapses. Atrocious acting only increases the comedic value.
Like the first volume, The Wedding Party’s pre-Christmas release was an effective strategy plugged into the spending impulse that comes with the season, which of course contributed to its huge financial turnover. And with that formula and from all indications, Destination Dubai is set to replicate that cinematic success…
Watching Cult and the episode on shockingly lethal feminism where a gang of women serially kill men in order to dismantle patriarchy (which I found a little distasteful), I began to see how the show’s depiction of the power imbalance between men and women was a facsimile of real life.
Long before Alade’s pop emergence though, there was Angélique Kidjo, and even Miriam Makeba, whose music was as popular as her activism and whose individuality drew the canonizing Mama Africa identity. And rightfully so. Because of this, there are expectations that Alade’s music should do more than what it’s currently doing
On the whole, the album is a complex artistic work rendered simply, with a lean, laser-focused production. It’s not completely unheard of to have a debut album at 31.
For a Savage-Niniola collaboration to work, both artistes would have to imbibe small elements of each other’s artistic ethos. The song may heavily lean towards Niniola’s signature afrohouse, brisk and summery with the potential to dominate the dance club circuits.
This month, Lagos Fashion and Design Week will make its return, a flagship platform that has incubated, nurtured, and exported Nigerian designers to rest of the world. As before, many designers from Nigeria and the continent will be hosted under its brand and will continue to be that way for a long time.
It’s rather sad that, in this post-millennial age, we still harbour the myth that gay culture on TV corrupts children. It’s been cast as an inducer of moral decay – a nasty, terrible leech that feeds off children’s innocence and leaves them as dark, twisted, sentient beings.
There was something arrogant about Wizkid’s 2011-released debut album Superstar. It was mainly about the…