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Irapada

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I am not a total snub when it comes to Nigerian movies. Most are balderdash. Occasionally one good one slips by and it gives you hope that, like most things Nigerian, there is great untapped potential nestled somewhere in the deep crevice of the seeming half-hearted attempts of Nollywood movies that always falls just short of average.

I found myself drawn to Irapada  (Redemption), mostly because of the hype. We were made to believe it’s the greatest thing fresh out of the Nigerian movie industry. We would be totally blown away because it was filmed in several states and featured the three major tribes of Nigeria.

Needless to say it was another dissapointment. What killed it for me was like twenty minutes into the movie when the wife announced she was pregnant. Lets not even talk about plot, which was good, what really stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb was the bad acting. Most of the actors were either over acting or under acting. The protagonist was so wooden I kept expecting to see strings behind his back whenever he turned around.

It was also more or less around that time that they started speaking English. Maybe that was what really did it in. There’s something about acting in the English language that strips Nigerian actors of their ability to act. As though the borrowed tongue robs them of the ability to plumb the recesses of and truly personify the character. The same actor can act in say, a Yoruba movie, and an English movie and you wonder if it’s the same person. That’s why I mostly watch Yoruba movies, or any other movies whose medium is other than English. Having to contend with the subtitles is a minor inconvinience. The characters are more relatable, and realistic and you can’t help but think, if it were in real life, this is exactly how the scene would play out.

On top of the bad acting they managed to thrown in a few cultural cliches as well, i.e., Igbos are rogues out suck the last kobo out of you.

Really, I give them three out of ten!

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November 30, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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November 21, 2008 at 11:35 pm

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November 17, 2008 at 11:45 pm

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November 8, 2008 at 11:20 pm

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Neck deep!

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I’ve been neck deep in my sewing lately that I hardly have time for anything else. I’ve thrown myself into it. I’m the best in my class, even then I still feel I’m not good enough. I want to be better. Every little imperfection on a finished work reminds me of how much more I need to do. But I’m getting there. We’re through with beginners… advanced classes start tomorrow. There we’ll learn how to make bustiers, ball gowns, wedding gowns, costume outfits and kiddy clothes. I can’t wati!

A lot of things have been happening that haven’t escaped my attention though they nearly escaped being blogged about due to my schedule. Firstly, the case of the bloggers that were arrested by the State Secret Service aka Nigerian Gestapo. Jonathan Elendu, Emeka Asiwe and Adamu Gwarzo were picked up for making ‘seditious remarks’ against the presidency and accused of ‘actions that could endanger the country and it’s citizens’.

Who would have thought our SSS are sophisticated enough to track down bloggers yet can’t locate the whereabout of ten files of various state governors that mysteriously dissapeared from the office of the EFCC? What’s even scarier is the following excerpt from Sahara Reporters:

Presidency sources confirmed to SaharaReporters that the regime has compiled names of “problematic” websites and their publishers as well as critical online writers and commentators and placed them at points of entry with dedicated secret service agents to pick up Nigerian citizens engaged in critical online publications.

In other words sites that have a huge readership whose writers seek to expose the ugly underbelly of the Yar’adua regime and whose ‘accusations’ are mostly based on ‘facts’ none of which have been rebutted or denied by the said administration.

Well, I hope they do arrest me for saying I hope they all suffer humiliating deaths and burn in hell for their crimes against the citizens of Nigeria!

Secondly, the case of Bolanle Olulari, a pregnant mother of two desperately fighting her deportation order from the Swansea on the grounds that she escaped ‘flogging’ from Zamfara State and will face the punishment if she returned home. As the story goes from this site

Bolanle came to the UK in 2005 after fleeing Nigeria. She is from the state of Zamfara which was the first state in Nigeria to introduce strict Islamic Sharia Law in 2000. Bolanle’s father had arranged for her to be married. However, she was forced to escape from Nigeria after she became pregnant by a different man and was threatened with punishment as she was not married.

What a load of crap!!!

What struck my mind after reading her story was the fact that the name Bolanle Olulari is a Yoruba name. The average Nigerian knows that a name like Zainab Abdullah or Talatu Khalid would have made more sense. Hence, it is highly unlikely for a Bolanle Olulari to be an indigene of Zamfara state.

If this is the case of a drowning woman hanging unto to  straw then I’m ashamed of her and for her. I would rather she established her case on medical grounds which is more fitting for her situation.

Why do people have to lie and trash their home countries just to get assylum? What’s so great about living in the West that they have to make the rest of us look like animals?

Even if she returned to Nigeria, I doubt the ‘sharia police’ have a warrant out for her arrest – really, they’re not that competent. There are a million other places in the country where she can live peacefully with her children. Perhaps she feels if she claims to be a victim of the ‘evil and barbaric sharia law’ people will rally to her aid and make sure she stays put.

Well, good luck to her and all the suckers she’s hoodwinking. I’m just angry they have to drag the name of my beloved country through the mud on her account.

And finally…. shit, I’ve forgotten what else I wanted to say.

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November 3, 2008 at 12:26 am

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