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

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TedxUnilag + Afropolitan Vibes

TedxUnilag

Two days before this event, I checked on google what to wear to a Tedx event and read about some lady who bought a new dress and ended up not wearing it to the event. I was going to do native (thank God I didn’t) but at the last hour, I decided to wear a shirt I had received as a present from Shirts by Cynim Continue reading TedxUnilag + Afropolitan Vibes

Results: How Lagosian are You?

Good day everyone. I’m very excited to be able to write today, first because of the polls I conducted on my blog and the massive response I got and more importantly, because I’m writing exactly a week after my last post (looks like someone is learning this consistency thing). So without wasting so much time, I’ll proceed to the results of the poll we took. You assess yourself by what you would have answered/you answered and let’s see how Lagosian you are

 

You are on your lane (either driving or seating down in passenger’s seat) and a danfo tries to overtake you. What do you do?

  • 59% went for “What are you driving?” “Don’t you have eyes?”
  • 19% went for I don’t say anything. I’ll probably just sigh in silence
  • 14% went for Come out of the car, check if your car has any scratch
  • 10% went for None of the above

Personally, I feel the “What are you driving, Don’t you have eyes” line applies to those of us who frequent the passenger’s seat. If you’re regularly behind the wheels, then you’ll probably be among the 14% that come out to check for scratches. 

 

You are very thirsty and coming out from the office/school etc. What do you do?

  • 64% went for Buy cold pure water and drink as much as I can until the organs in my body can feel it
  • 18% went for Buy yoghurt/La Casera and drink it until I can find a bus
  • 18% went for Buy yoghurt/La Casera and wait till I get to a bus/my car to drink
  • 0% went for I’ll wait till I get home, after all we have water and food in my house

Typical. I would actually buy cold pure water too. But let me throw a question, is there a particular reason why we aren’t supposed to drink on the road? I’ve heard it before

 

Have you ever forgotten your change in a commercial vehicle?

  • 60% went for Yes, I have.
  • 30% went for I’m a guy man. They cannot deceive me
  • 10% went for Yes, I have and the sum was more than N500
  • 0% went for No, I drive my own car duh

Very sorry about the 10% that have forgotten more than N500. I hardly forget my change nowadays though.

 

You went to buy something at the store in your area and you see little children fighting. What do you do?

  • 35% went for Captain America to the rescue, go and separate them
  • 25% went for Pretend you didn’t see them and go to the store
  • 25% went for Take your phone and make a video to post to twitter
  • 15% went for Laugh and continue laughing till you go home

This is one poll that as you can see the margin between the answer and other conflicting answers is very close. I strongly believe the 35% majority are all Yoruba people first. I would be caught among the 25% either making a video, but not posting to twitter or the 15% who continue laughing.

 

You take a N70 bus from Ojuelegba to Onipanu. You give the conductor a N100 note halfway into the journey and he says he doesn’t have change. What do you do?

  • 68% went for Ask him to look for N20 at the bus-stop
  • 21% went for Insult him and make him realize that N30 is not small money and then drop
  • 5% went for Leave the N30 naira for him, afterall it’s just N30
  • 5% went for Follow him down to the next bus-stop, Palmgroove until he finds change

Hahaha, yes! This is spot on. I however believe many Lagosians, especially those elderly women will follow him till he gets to Palmgroove and find change, probably with the excuse that “If you steal N30 worth of stuff in the market, they will put tyre on your head and burn you”

 

Then, we move on to the yes/no questions

 

Have you ever crossed the highway ignoring the overhead bridge just close to you?

  • 78% went for Yes
  • 22% went for No

I think I’m among the 22% on a normal day, but days when I’m extra stressed, I’ll probably use the highway. But abeg, let’s use our overhead bridge.

 

Have you ever bribed or let’s say tipped an official in uniform?

  • 67% went for No
  • 33% went for Yes

I FLOW WITH THE MAJORITY HERE! I REPEAT I FLOW WITH THE MAJORITY

 

Have you ever run after a bus to get on it?

  • 76% went for Yes
  • 24% went for No

I hardly run for buses, really so I don’t know how this works

 

Have you ever stood to watch a fight in Lagos?
  • 82% went for Yes
  • 18% went for No

I understand the 18% and their fear for broken bottles and that the fight might get to wherever you’re standing, but try to watch one day. It’s a very funny mix of emotions.

 

Have you ever boarded a molue?

  • 71% went for Yes
  • 29% went for No

I haven’t boarded one before.

 

Have you ever been insulted by a market woman?

  • 65% went for Yes
  • 35% went for No

I can imagine it would have been a serious case for her to have insulted you, probably a case of under pricing or something or yes, pushing down her wares.

 

Have you ever eaten ewa agoin and bread outside your house?

  • 67% went for Yes
  • 33% went for No

Me, neither. I don’t like ewa agoin.

 

So based on popular view of people who voted, my choice was selected 6 times.

 

What do you think? See you next week

 

How Lagosian are you?

 

 

 

Hello guys, happy new year to you! It’s been a long while since I came here and I want to apologize for not being here in ages. So, I was having a random conversation with someone in a bus a few days ago on my way back from work and we spoke about how Lagos had changed him to this monster he didn’t expect, and that’s where the inspiration for this came up. I’m taking this poll, to find out about Lagosians and what the typical Lagosian will do if he finds himself in any of these scenarios

So, all you have to do is answer correctly and honestly what you will do if you find yourself in any of these scenarios. I’ll post the percentage results next week Friday.

For this set, you have to answer if you’ve done any of these or nah

You can leave a comment if you want to!

Half of a Yellow Sun: Movie Review

 

This is my own kind of review for Half of a Yellow Sun which was originally written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read the book when my book club read it early this year and I completely loved it. Favorite character when I read was Ugwu. Anyway, somehow, I feel I should do this and here it is.

Cast 

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Odenigbo
Thandie Newton – Olanna
Anika Noni Rose – Kainene
John Boyega – Ugwu
Zach Orji – Chief Ozobia
Onyeka Onwenu – Mama
Tina Mba – Mrs Ozobia
Genevieve Nnaji – Miss Adebayo
Gloria Young – Kainene/Olanna’s aunt
O.C Ukeje – Aniekwena
Wale Ojo – Minister
Joseph Mawie – Richard
Babou Ceesay – Okeoma
Susan Wokoma – Amara
Paul Hampshire – Prof Lehman

Location – Nigeria, London

Time – 111 minutes

The movie started with the big disco ball thing that I didn’t understand but anyway that’s by the side. I love the clips/footages they kept on inserting for reference purposes. It made it even better for me seeing as I knew little or nothing about what happened during that era (Saw how Nigerians trouped out en masse to wave at the queen and it was hilarious to me).

Then, I loved everything about Wale Ojo who played the Minister in the movie. His accent and costume were okay. Generally, the costume completely throughout the movie was very good. The location and the props? Even better. I also loved the occasions where I saw Tina Mba (Mrs Ozobia) and Gloria Young (Kainene/Olanna’s aunt) in the movie (somehow, I regard both as great Nollywood actresses so I’m guessing that’s why). Then, Kainene’s dance with Richard Churchill in the club, wonderful. Did I say I also enjoyed the music they played in the movie too? (The music was very good but I’m just asking, weren’t we supposed to hear ‘Bother You’ by D’banj at some point? I thought it was the theme song for the movie?)

Also, still on the things I liked, Onyeka Onwenu’s (Mama) act in the movie was great. Typical Nigerian Igbo mother I would say. Plus her song she composed using her son’s name? I loved it! My favorite person in the movie has to be Anika Noni Rose (Kainene Ozobia). The grace she exuded was simply amazing – the time where she had to be taken a shot at the Independence party, the way she sat down when she came to Olanna’s, her looks, her dresses, everything. She was amazing. I also enjoyed John Boyega (Ugwu) even though I felt more light should have been thrown on him. I mean, he was my favorite character when I read the book. We didn’t see the part where he had a girlfriend who lived down the street and all the interesting moments he had.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Odenigbo) was an awesome choice of actor really. I tried searching for someone who would play that and I didn’t see and I actually hope the hair on his chest was just costume. As for Joseph Mawie (Richard), I only felt him when he was trying to win Kainene. He became boring after. Dude almost ate Olanna’s mouth when they kissed.

For Olanna (Thandie Newton), I think she did her best. I would have however loved to see a Nigerian play that – Genevieve Nnaji or even Rita Dominic. I didn’t quite feel her pronunciation of almost all the Igbo words. The Igbo was much better with Odenigbo and Kainene. But I loved her nevertheless. And I hated her when she told Ugwu to switch off the kerosene stove and “firewood is a luxury where you come from” (I felt her taking jab at Nigerians generally). Miss Adebayo (Genevieve Nnaji) was okay. A switch would have been okay -Thandie for Miss Adebayo and Genevieve for Olanna. Thandie has a lot of anger I would have loved to see from Miss Adebayo.

Part of my problem with the movie was the fact that we didn’t know how the characters moved. People were just travelling across the scenes. One minute, Olanna is in Nsukka and the next minute she’s off to Kano and then Lagos. There were diagrams kinda but they were not consistent. Even Mama, Ugwu and a lot traveled without the viewers knowing. Then I’ll say, the movie lacked a lot of details you know? Like when Kainene and Richard first met, whose house did they end up having sex? Small but important details. And the part where Olanna returned when Mama and Amala were traveling, did Odenigbo actually drive them or just put them in the car and came back inside? Then, how did Miss Adebayo know of Kainene Ozobia? She asked Richard about her and you’re like where did that come from? And then whose breasts did Olanna suckle on if not her mum’s and why? (Seeing as Mama used that against her)

Anyway, I believe it’s an adaptation and considering the fact that the book was a great read, you won’t really find an adaptation close to or something so I’ll rate it a 5.5 on a scale of 1-10. I’ll also recommend that time shouldn’t be a barrier, after all Djanjo Unchained was close to 3 hours and people still watched. There were a lot of interesting portions of the book to be executed really.

That’s my two cents. You can check out the Youtube Trailer