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.
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…