June 2016

It’s a few minutes after 12 on the 7th of July. I’m typing a June review in July. I’m honestly getting worse at this every day to be quite honest, but I console myself with the fact that I’m not giving up. I really want to look back at these entries some day and laugh, or whatever emotion comes to mind. Happy New Month guys! It’s three months to the end of service year and so I’m slightly happy. Maybe when next I write, I’ll do a little catch up on how that’s fairing (you can check the previous entry here)

While I’m happy that I’m finally leaving this town soon, I’m also sad because I’ve gotten used to the life of comfort here. I really don’t care about how long I stream stuff because there’s wi-fi and I don’t iron my clothes for the week because I know I meet power the next morning. Imagine me going to Lagos for the weekend and having to buy a power bank. Just a weekend.

Anyway, let’s move to gist with what happened this month.

 

Music

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I think I’ve been listening to the regular shit I listen to. My phone is kinda bad so I cannot access my full musical library. On my iPhone, I have just Beyoncé’s album and I listen to that on a regular. I watch the Lemonade visual album too and soak in the awesome poetry. The one at the beginning of Sorry gets to me all the time. I’ve been listening to Sia, Meghan Trainor and basically YouTube’s selection of pop lol. I think that works for me. I also found love in playing Catholic hymns on YouTube. Not to forget the amazing Johnny Drille. Totally love his song called My Beautiful Love. If it’s anything I made a list of musicians who are the new school you should listen to here.

 

 

Movies and TV Shows

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So Game of Thrones came to an end last month and I still haven’t gotten to that point where I feel bad and wait for the next season. I actually want to start the season all over again but I feel there’s a lot more to watch. I think Jon and Tyrion were my favourite people to watch this season. I went through a lot with the girl who had no name, a lot that meant pausing the show at some point and praying that she doesn’t die. And Ramin Djawadi did a great job with the music. It has been on my YouTube playlist of last seen.

Also, I did watch a lot of movies this month, more than I’d normally watch. I saw the following
1. The Huntsman: Was fun to watch, thoroughly enjoyed the songs ‘Freeze You Out’ by Sia and ‘Colours’ by Halsey.

2. London Has Fallen: Very predictable, kept on asking if something like this hadn’t been done already.

3. Zootopia: Maybe I need to re-watch to feel what people felt, but it was just there.

4. Inside Out: Enjoyed this one. I have it stored somewhere on my laptop to watch another day. The whole people in control of your head was good for me.

5. Minions 2: First time watching a Minions movie. Quite hilarious

I’m still watching Wayward Pines and Devious Maids, House of Cards and Billions too. I started HBO’s new show called The Night is and it’s good. Also, I cannot wait for Sense8. Cannot

Books

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I’ve been so busy so honestly, no books. I haven’t finished any but sleep has been winning my battle with Helen Oyeyemi’s ‘Mr Fox’

 

 

Places

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Nothing happens in Ondo, sure we’ve established that fact. I was in Lagos for a weekend in June however. Stayed home and drowned in home-made good food and went out to meet people for the Socialiga thing. Had good small chops and someone gifted me a cake (from Cake Mayor). See, the cake was actually tasty tbh. If you have to get a cake in Lagos, just search Cake Mayor on Instagram and Twitter for me and call.

 
I’ve been real busy this month and I hope it’ll change in July, it hasn’t as at now but it’s too early!

 

Until later,

Frank.

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Movie Review: Confusion Na Wa

Hello, guys! So for the next couple of months, I’ll be watching a lot of Nigerian TV shows and movies, basically, everything I can lay my hands on Iroko TV and I’ll be sharing what I thought of the movies. Understandably, these movies are so old – some of them from 2013 but you can always buy VCDs or go to Iroko or Ibaka TV to watch.

 

Anyway, first on the list is Confusion Na Wa

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Plot Summary

Set in a Nigerian city Confusion Na Wa is a dark comedy about a group of strangers whose fates become intertwined over the course of 24 hours. At the heart of everything is a phone found by two opportunist wasters Charles and Chichi who, having read through its contents, decide to blackmail the owner Emeka. Little do they realize that their misdemeanors have set in motion a chain of events that will lead to their own downfall. Confusion Na Wa was the winner of the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards.

 

Cast

  • Ramsey Noah as Emeka Nwosu
  • OC Ukeje as Charles
  • Ali Nuhu as Bello
  • Tunde Aladese as Isabella
  • Gold Ikponmwosa as Chichi
  • Tony Goodman as Babajide
  • Nathaniel Deme as Kola
  • Yanchat Sankey as Doyin
  • Lisa Pam Tok as Fola
  • Toyin Alabi as Adekunle

What I Thought

The name caught my attention when I checked the “award winning section” of the website. I was also won over by the narration. I thought the narrator at first was really good at what he did.As the plot summary said, it’s a movie that connects a group of strangers. Two friends steal the phone of a man who turns out to be cheating on her husband. Now the said woman he’s cheating with is cheating on her husband too. So they try to blackmail the cheating husband and then it ends up bad for them. In the course of this, there’s also interaction with various people in the movie.

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The movie highlighted one thing for me: the subject of masculinity. In the movie, a man thinks his son is gay because he missed football to help out in the kitchen and also some other factors he has concocted in his head. Now, to change this, he speaks to a weed seller who probably has a brothel of “nurses” to cure his son of being gay. Everybody has a story, a different way they behave. We aren’t the same, we have never been and we will never be. So we should create room for people to act the way they want to act. I should stop here.

 

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One thing I liked also was the music. I felt there were times when they didn’t blend with the mood though but I’m a big fan of almost all the songs they played. The setting looked quite real for me too. There was this simplicity to it and I give them kudos for that. I wouldn’t forget the conspiracy theory that one of the friends had about the Lion King.

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It was absolutely hilarious to listen to, as do many parts of the movie.

 

My only problem with the movie was with the acting. I felt they could have done a lot better with the casting. The scenes with the not so popular actors really felt like a boredom fest. It was almost like we were watching a good movie, and then something from nowhere just came and hit us.

But in all, it’s a good movie.

 

Rating

7/10