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

 

 

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African Web Series/Short Movies

There are a lot of Africans doing great things with TV on the internet. These amazing people make movies and shows and place on either Vimeo and Youtube for people to download/view and enjoy. This post today will be spent honouring and celebrating a few of them and also a light kind of review on these shows/movies.

 

Gidi Up

Creator: Jadesola Osiberu

Actors: OC Ukeje, Somkhele Iyamah, Deyemi Okolanwon, Titilope Sonuga, Anthony Montano, Adesua Etomi, Iretiola Doyle, Ikechukwu

Overview: Gidi Up follows the lives of four friends (Obi, Yvonne, Tokunbo, and Eki) with different dreams and aspirations. They are faced with many challenges; they get into troubles, make bad and regretful decisions as they pursue their careers in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.

What I Liked: The music is so great and so is the acting. There is also the amazing choice of outfits and the location to add to this.

Should You Watch This: YES!! What are you waiting for?

 

Brave

Creator: Lowladee

Actors: Adesua Etomi, Wale Ojo

Overview: BRAVE is an inspirational short film inspired (but not based) on a true story on page 88 of T.D Jakes ‘The Lady, Her Lover & Her Lord’. It is a heartfelt story based on the lives of a young couple, Nathan (Wole Ojo) and Layo (Adesua Etomi) who seem to have happiness, love and comfort. Though married for two years, Layo is beginning to worry about her failure in getting pregnant. When eventually she does get pregnant, she hides the news from Nathan, preparing to break the good news on their anniversary dinner outing in two days. Unfortunately, that night will mark the beginning of a nightmare both may not wake from, and suddenly, love is not enough.

What I Liked: Everything. The movie is short and really beautiful. The music is also great – love Zuciya Daya by Bez

Should You Watch This: YES!

 

 

An African City

Creator: Nicole Amarteifio

Actors: Esosa E, Maame Adjei, MaameYaa Boafo, Nana Mensah, Marie Humbert.

Overview: The Ghanaian based production tells the story of five beautiful and successful women who confide in one another about their love lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a 21st-century woman in Africa. The five women are returnees.

What I Liked: Diction was excellent and so was the costume for the ladies! Brilliant stuff. Quite hilarious also.

Should You Watch This: YES

 

Hot Pepper

Creator: Bola Agbaje

Actors: New cast for every episode

Overview: “Hot Pepper”, a light-hearted revenge guide and shows how people get their own back on others using hot pepper!

What I Thought: It was painfully unfunny to watch after like the third episode. I was like “was that all they had?”

 

 

Lekki Wives

Creator: Blessing Egbe

Actors: Adaora Ukoh, Katherine Obiang, Chinonso Young, Kiki Omeili, Keira Hewatch, Joselyn Dumas

Overview: They move up the ladder in leaps and put the meal on the table…
They hop on and off countless beds and enjoy the upside of being trophy wives…
Now, they must together experience the price of change while finding ways to hold their own…

What I Liked: Entertaining show.

What I Didn’t Like: A little bad acting here and there. Was not impressed with the outfit too.

Should You Watch This: YES!

 

 

Assorted Meat

Creator: Oluseyi Olatujoye

Actors:  Dayo Ephraim, Toyosi Phillips, Laolu Senbanjo, Oludara Egerton-Shyngle

Overview: Assorted Meat is for Nigerians by Nigerians! Lolade, Chinedu, and Aminu live together in an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. 

What I Thought: I wished it was an actual talk show setting. I have mixed feelings about this one.

 

Skinny Girl in Transit

Creator: Dami Elebe

Actors: Ngozi Nwosu, Kenneth Okolie, Abimbola Craig

Overview: Skinny Girl in Transit’ series tells the story of a plus-size young woman’s struggle with her weight and the pressure from her family and friends to not just lose weight but find the perfect partner. The comedic drama series takes a look at her life with a mother who never fails to remind her of her single status, a sister who never forgets to remind her of her size, an ex-boyfriend she doesn’t want to get over and a job that never seems to move forward.

What I Liked: Everything. Hilarious show this one.

Should You Bump This: YES!

 

Officer Titus

Actors: Kelechi Udegbe

Overview: A comedy skit about Titus, a traffic law enforcement officer and his hilarious adventures with Lagos traffic offenders.

Thoughts: Maybe someday I’ll get to like this. But right now, it’s just there.

 

Are there more short videos/web series by Africans you’ree watching? Leave a comment and let’s watch together!

 

 

Fifty

During the holidays, I got to see the highly talked about “Fifty” movie and I share my thoughts with you about the movie. Now, if you haven’t watched it, you can close the page right now but if like me, spoilers don’t do anything to you, proceed.

 

I saw the movie at Ozone Cinemas in Yaba and I was pretty excited to see it. Got to the cinema some minutes after 3, when the movie was supposed to have started, got popcorn and a bottle of coke to accompany me through the movie (Now, Ozone Cinemas has undergone a massive facelift. The cinema looks so good right now. In short, the E-Centre itself kinda looks better now really)

 

The Story

According to the plot summary on IMDB, Fifty captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the peak of their careers. Meet Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate, four friends forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper-middle-class neighborhoods of Ikoyi and Victoria Island in Lagos. They live and work in the resurgent, ever-bustling, 24-hour megacity of Lagos, the commercial capital of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant economy. Tola is a reality TV star whose marriage to lawyer Kunle never stood a chance thanks to an invidious family secret. Elizabeth is a celebrated obstetrician whose penchant for younger men has estranged her from her daughter. Forty-nine-year-old Maria has an affair with a married man that results in an unexpected pregnancy and Kate’s battle with a life-threatening illness has plunged her into a religious obsession. In this tender but unflinching exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry, life and loss in twenty-first century Africa’s most populous city, and to the pulsating beat of the compelling and entrancing grooves of African music, we see our four lead characters’ muster courage, put on their six inch heels, working hard and partying to, and strut confidently to tackle life’s curveballs head on.

 

 

Cast and Acting

  • Iretiola Doyle as Elizabeth
  • Dakore Akande as Tola
  • Nse Ikpe Etim as Kate
  • Omoni Oboli as Maria
  • Wale Ojo as Kunle
  • Kemi Lala Akindoju as Chichi
  • Kachi Nnochiri as Chike

Others include:

  • Timini Egbuson
  • Emmanuel Ikubese
  • Uzor Osimpa

The casting was done by Tope Oshin Ogun and Mo Abudu and I must really commend the duo for a job well done. Every character was well portrayed by the team of amazing actors they had on this project. The lead characters were all in character and the supporting cast did not fail. I must commend Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju – I really didn’t see her doing something like this, but she did it and nailed it perfectly. Then, I really loved seeing Timini Egbuson and his sister, Dakore together (was emotional towards the end when the big secret was revealed). I also got to see an amazing side of Kachi Nnochiri. I remember he won some acting show back then, but I hadn’t seen him in anything major but he was really good if you ask me.

 

Things I Liked

  • Kemi Akindoju playing the maid – I’m a fan of Kemi Akindoju and seeing her as a maid, at first, was somehow kinda but she nailed it! From subbing her boss lyrically to delivering great one-liners, Kemi did well with the role.
  • Diction – Lovely lovely pronunciations.
  • Timini and Dakore acting – I don’t know either of them but I really felt happy seeing them act together. Timini was good. It was my first time seeing him act and then Dakore had the perfect face to every situation she found herself in, which was good seeing as she had to switch through a lot.
  • The sex scene – The more reason you have to see this movie (if you haven’t). The sex scene was there and actually live for everyone who cared to see. #NoRestrictionsWhatsoever. Plus, the intense romance in the movie made me really happy!
  • “I don’t do little boys” – When Omoni Oboli said this, I started laughing for some weird reason. It was really hilarious to me!
  • Incorporation of the LFDW and the African shrine scene – I love how the movie sold Lagos to the world. There were bits from the Lagos Fashion and Design Week and, even more, scenes from the shrine with women in colorful outfits wriggling their waists.
  • The music – The music was great too. Loved the live performances also.

Things I Didn’t Like

 

  • The Storyline – When the movie ended, I was actually quite surprised. I think the story was average. I lack the right words right now, so I’ll say it was average.
  • The Lekki/Ikoyi bridge – Now I love the bridge so much that I refer to it as the highway to heaven, but I noticed the constant repetition and I think there are a lot of beautiful locations in Lagos
  • Nse Ikpe Etim’s prayers at the beginning – Now I have thought this over and the only thing that comes to mind is that Nse who is the overly religious woman was switching churches. Because who goes to a Pentecostal church and returns back to a Catholic altar? And ven if that is true, then it’s only fair to do your research properly as Catholics say “in the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit” just before and after the prayers. Not in between the prayers.

 

Favorite Lines

  • “Happy twentieth anniversary of your thirtieth birthday” (Loved this)

 

To cap it up, I’ll say the beauty of Fifty is in the acting and not anywhere close to the storyline. I haven’t seen the Desperate Housewives of Africa but somehow, I think this would have made a very good TV show if the plot was thickened more.

 

Rating: 5.8

Beasts of No Nation

“Frank, there’s one movie I saw yesterday that was so good and I want you to see it”

“Okay sure”

This was the conversation that led to me watching ‘Beasts of No Nation’ yesterday. Now, I don’t agree with this person on a lot of subject matters, but we haven’t argued over a movie, just music so I was willing to watch.

When I found out it was ‘Beast of No Nation’, I was a little excited. The people at Leopard People had spoken about it earlier – about the book by Uzodinma Iweala (which I’m currently reading) and the movie which features Elba. We were going to have some members read the book and the others watch the movie to compare and contrast.

Anyway, here’s my few cents on the movie

The Story

I haven’t finished with the book, so I cannot really say something about how the movie tells everything about the book or how it misses out a lot of things like most movies based on a book (Case Study: Half of a Yellow Sun). But I liked what the story had planned as executed in the movie.  According to this synopsis on Reddit, it is a drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country

 

Cast and Acting

  • Abraham Attah as Agu
  • Idris Elba as Commandant
  • Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye as Strika
  • Emmanuel Affadzi as Dike
  • Ricky Adelayitor as Village Constable
  • Andrew Adote as Ecomod 2nd Lieutenant
  • Vera Nyarkoah Antwi as Little Sister
  • Ama K. Abebrese as Mother
  • Kobina Amissah-Sam as Father

 

I must commend whoever did the casting. I thought it was really good! The cast looked like who they were depicted to be. Agu, the main character was so good. I found it hard to believe it was his first movie (He won his first award for the movie at the Venice Film Festival early this year). I really don’t know how he did it but he conveyed everything the way it was supposed to be. You could see it – from weak hearted to strong-hearted and to emotional. There was no reason for you not to believe him. I must also commend Strika for his role in the movie. His performance was incredibly amazing that he didn’t need to say a word for you to know that he was good. I was thrilled by his actions when Agu was first captured. I liked Commandant’s acting (I kept on imagining Wale Ojo acting) and in as much as his character isn’t your favorite by default, I loved him and silently prayed Agu didn’t kill Commandant.

Speaking about the rest of the cast, I liked Agu’s mother and father. We didn’t get to see them for a long time, but I was really impressed by their acting.

 

Things I Liked

  • Imagination TV – I totally laughed my ass off at the beginning where Agu and his friends went about town with their imagination TV. The 3D scene had me get up from my seat and laugh for like four minutes straight. And did they say Nigerians always buying things and so easy to be selling to?
  • Location and Cinematography – There was a war with regular bloodsheds, but in all of these, there were random scenes where we got to celebrate the scenery.
  • When Commandant motivated the boys and led them to the bridge – According to a user on Reddit, he probably would have joined them at that point
  • The church scene – The whole turn up was so real!
  • The scene where it transitioned from night to day while they were waiting for the grand commandant – We saw all this through the eyes of Idris
  • Innocent Agu – The bit where Agu asks himself how a girl will sleep with him when all he does is dance and make noise
  • The faces – The faces Agu and his brother make while their parents discuss moving away
  • When Commandant called Agu and Strika his squad – I loved it! #SquadGoals
  • The diction – As funny as it may sound, I liked hearing the present continuous tense being used “I asking you question, you are not answering”
  • The music – Mostly soul, and chattering of people. But I was there for that
  • The way they toned down on the rape scene – That is, the one between Commandant and Agu. That, for some people would have been the high point of the movie.

Painful Scenes to Watch

  • The initiation scene
  • The scene where Agu kills the man on the head.
  • The scene where he kills the woman who has a daughter
  • Strika’s death

 

Unanswered Questions

  • Is it weird that just Agu and Strika have the same kind of head warmer thing? (And when Agu comes out, Strika gives him the “I understand look”) – Also, remember when Agu was first initiated and commandant calls in Strika? (Is this why they’re on his team?)
  • Why doesn’t the grand commander go after the commandant?
  • What happens to commandant afterward?

 

Great Lines

  • “A child has an eye to see, hands to struggle, a finger to pull a trigger. How can you say this child is nothing?” – Commandant
  • “Sun, why do you shine on the world” – Agu

 

 

Rating– 8/10 for me. Massive shoutout to Cary Joji Fukunga who wrote the drama for the screen directed it and was also the cinematographer. I’ll be rooting for you and your actors at the Oscars!

 

PS- Did you know “Tuwasi” who Commandant killed was actual “2IC” meaning “second in command”

Game of Thrones Season 5: Episode 9

Yesterday, I saw episode 9 after everything and today, I’ll share basically a few observations

And even the guys at Buzzfeed agree with me

And I’m sure the universe agrees that Melisandre should be the next GOT character to die

And then

Amen. Amen

And then I had to focus on the last few minutes of this episode!

There was this

And this,

So let’s try this, and you can dislike two characters or want two people to die.

 

Last but not least, you can follow our twitter: @BnRants

Peace and love!

Game of Thrones Season 5: Episode 8

Hello guys! Happy Weekend. Today, I’ll make my recap on this episode as short as I can. I’ll be sharing what I thought as I watched this episode.

1. Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum

2. Daenerys needs to forgive Ser Jorah

3. Dany knows she needs Tyrion so bad

4. This Tyrion’s story is so long

5. Oshey, Tyrion who understands the seven kingdoms


6. “He is in love with you, I think”(think? We all know)

7.”Oshey Tyrion the life coach

8. Why can’t she have him by her side?

9. I thought he’ll lobby for a better place for Ser Jorah

10. Bye Jorah

11. HAHA! HI Cersei *bitch face*

12. “Confess” “I’m innocent” (You wish)

13. What is Arya doing?

14. She just went from being our favorite character to something we don’t understand

15. I swear I don’t understand what’s going on between Arya and this man.

16. Tired of this third person thing?

17. god of light and the many faced god?

18. Fornication, treason, incest and the murder of King Robert LMAOO

19. HAHAHA! THEY ARE TAKING OVER

20. Bye Cersei

21. You made your son powerless and now you want him to act? LOL

22. Barefooted commoner uh? Let’s be watching

23. Please get this Reek/Theon person away?

24. How the fuck were you helping her?

25.”Theon Grejoy tried to escape” LMAOOO

26. “I don’t need an army, I need twenty good men”

27. Oh hi Dany and Tyrion, our two favorite characters

28. Two terrible children with two terrible fathers

29. Breathe Tyrion, No ONE IS KILLING YOU

30. You are now Dany’s adviser

31. Let the work begin

32. Ser Jorah is back

33. LMAOOOOO Is Cersei drinking the water really?

34. Bye bitch

35. HAHAHA! I love this scene
36. Yaa, Sam got laid last episode

37. Hello wildling mom

38. Brutal. Brutal

39. “My name is Jon Snow. I am Lord Commander of the Night Watch”

40. “This is not about friendship. This is about survival”

41. “Beat the white walkers, goodluck with that” LMAOO

42. “We are not asking you to forget your dead, I’ll never forget mine” (You mean Ygritte)

43. “He came because he needs us” “We need him” (Okay, are we sharing blames now?)

44. Once she said “I’m right behind you”, somehow I knew she’ll die

45. WOW

46. I can’t even

47. Is this Walking Dead?

48. This is bad, real bad

49. Aww man

50. “Come at me bro”

Game of Thrones Season Five: Episode 7

Hello guys! I hope we’re enjoying how Game of Thrones is turning out so far. It’s just three episodes and this season comes to an end just in case you forgot. Anyway, let’s talk about what happened in the seventh episode

Back to Sender, Cersei

Cersei bit hard and forgot how it the bite would feel. When she signed the ‘morality bill’ into law, she forgot some people knew she wasn’t all that righteous. And now, guess who’s in prison? You guessed right, It’s Cersei and there’s no one to her rescue, definitely not her clueless Tommen or her brother cum baby daddy who is in Dorne.

Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre

Stannis is out with his men and as a leader that he is, he is faced with pressing issues such as the snow and food. Davos urges Stannis to turn back but Stannis is persistent, stating that the snow may last years but they need to press on to their destination.

Melisandre brings up a crazy idea, crazy because it involves killing the little Shireen. She wants Stannis to sacrifice the little girl to the lord of light to which Stannis asks her to leave. I pray he’s headstrong really.

Daenerys, Tyrion and Jorah

Jorah is sold at an auction to a slave trader and Tyrion being the smart head that he is won’t let him go like that. Tyrion, with the aid of his mouth and wit performs some outstanding tricks that make the slave trader acquire him also. Since Daenerys approved fighting back in Meereen, she comes to watch one with Daario (who is still visiting Khaleesi late) and then Jorah makes appearance bringing a gift of Tyrion. While we don’t know what this meeting holds, it’s basically two powerful characters and I’m inquisitive to know what the topic of discussion is. Maybe he’ll become one of her advisers, but is Daenerys ready to take such risk?

(Anyway, I think Dany slayed in this Solange inspired piece, did you?)

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Sansa, Theon and Ramsay

Sansa confides in Theon after what went down with her husband but well as long as Theon remains Reek, he’s going to continue being the idiot Ramsay programmed him to be (not like I was really expecting anything from him). Sansa really needs to be calm too. She should know she’s married to a psychopath and watch how she talks

Re: “What happens if she has a boy?

Then I’ll have a baby brother

But he’ll be the heir

I’m Lord Bolton’s eldest son

But you’re a bastard – a true born will always have a stronger place

I was actually expecting Theon to slap her hard really.

Castle Black

At Castle Black, Jon Snow is out to find the Wildlings so they can help him against the Army of the Dead. We also witness the death of Aemon who was one of my favourite people at Castle Black. Sam stands up for Gilly when two men try to harass her and he fails for a better part, until the wolf comes out and scares them (where did it come from? Why haven’t we been seeing it?) And then Sam joins Jon on the list of the men of the Night Watch who have broken their vows when he has sex with Gilly.

Dorne

In Dorne, ‘Uncle’ Jaime confronts his ‘niece’ who isn’t having anything that he’s saying. She insists that she wants to remain in Dorne and not shipped off to King’s Landing. On the other hand, Bronn who is in prison has a lovely voice and is given a poisoned sell-sword by the Sand Snakes (he’s dying slowly)

LittleFinger and Olenna

It is interesting to note that Little Finger was the reason Cersei was put to prison (after Olenna seeks out) but how long until Little Finger betrays Olenna? I for one, see him on the Iron Throne soon. He is a very deceptive and manipulative personality.

Anyway, let’s see how it happens next week. Enjoy.

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