Category: Moving Pictures

Hollywood and Its Juju

          I have only seen trailers of the Top Grossing Movies of 2020, but I am grumpy enough to review them anyway: big budget Hollywood is in a voodoo phase right now, driven by implausible movies of impossible characters with juju powers doing ridiculous things. Modern movies feature invincible characters (human, […]

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The Broadcasting Commission’s Latest Amendment: The Facts

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission’s amendment to the 6th edition of the Broadcasting Code, has generated intense reactions from stakeholders. But what are the facts? Here, we share a few slides

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New Nollywood and Beyond

            The recently-coined terminology New Nollywood is an admission of hope and an expectation of much better things to come from the three-decade old Nigerian Nollywood film industry. A subtle condemnation, it also denotes a distinct break from the old Nollywood. The New Nollywood represents the coming of age of […]

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Classic Soyinka for the Instagram Generation

            Some memories standout from the only time I watched a staging of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Discounting the terrible cold of the theatre, or Toyin Oshinaike’s vain struggle at embodying the majestic hubris of Elesin Oba, the memory that stood out the most was of a […]

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Derrick’s Wedding and the Message of Hope

          Derrick’s Wedding is a 2020 short film written and produced by Debrah Jalmet Ododo and directed by Stephen O. Okoh for Plateau International Film Festival, Jos. It stars Debrah Jalmet Ododo as Ziza (the bride), Obed Akanya as Derrick (the groom), Akume Akume as Bill (Derrick’s best friend and Best […]

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How Will Netflix Produce Death and the King’s Horseman?

          1 The news came with more than two bangs. Netflix, the digital platform for motion picture distribution, has signed a production deal with Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV for a film adaptation of Death and the King’s Horseman, the most venerated of the scores of dramas by Wọlé Ṣóyínká, the literature […]

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‘Brethren’: This Soapie Knows Where It’s Going

By Toyin Akinosho Brethren, the prime-time soap opera on Africa Magic Showcase, should feel familiar to those weaned on the monopoly of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) in the three decades before the 1990s. It is the current iteration of 40 years of fictionalizing the Nigerian police story on screen, in ways that the institution […]

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Dream Sequences, Visions and Colours

            The Narrow Path introduces itself as a simple Yoruba movie. Set in an orthodox town in Yorubaland with characters that look and feel conservative, it establishes its general appearance without much overt set pieces. But The Narrow Path is far from simple or narrow in its overarching concept as […]

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The Fourth Side: The Unchanging Truth

                  They say there are three sides to a story – your side, my side and the truth – but Uyoyou Adia, the writer and director of The Fourth Side, asserts, through this film, that the realities of the 21st century have inevitably introduced a fourth facet […]

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Bryan Washington Wins Wales’ £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize

Bryan Washington, focused on what he calls ‘marginalized communities, communities of color, and queer communities of color, specifically’ wins the UK’s richest award for young authors. The 15th annual International Dylan Thomas Prize has been awarded overnight (May 14) to Bryan Washington for his collection of short stories, Lot. The volume was published in the […]

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