Let me start by saying, I am not a fan of NollyWood, and don’t like it much. Okay scratch that! That was me until I discovered the new NollyWood!
The old NollyWood, seemed unable to help itself; every script incomplete without a fetish twist. And the pointless need for sequels and continuations. Folks, that put me off NollyWood for the longest time.
Then came along the new NollyWood, but I still had a problem with it, as I sometimes find that the scenes d-r-a-g on and on, and on, and on, and on, and.. okay, you get the drift. This at times, makes you feel like you are watching a movie in slow motion.
Next, it was The Men’s Club which really got me; perhaps the suaveness of the men, or quite simply the script which I find quite intriguing. Again, I like most of the cast, but now and again, you can’t help but wonder if an actor or actress got the part solely because they might be related to the movie director, whilst hoping for their sake that they have a real day job. Let me leave the negatives for a minute and give a shout out to Ayoola Ayolola whose on-screen character my husband lives vicariously through; to Baaj Adebule whose dimples and hats light up the screen, and again to Sharon Ooja who once again portrays her character so well. Thanks Sharon for putting on a good attitude the other day at breakfast, when my family bumped into you – shame I wasn’t there. Thanks for the pictures – my family are #ForeverFans!
There has been a whole lot in between; the real movies, and not web series. The Wedding Party got lots of rave reviews, but somehow didn’t do it for me. I feel the same way about Lion Heart, though I must applaud Genevieve Nnaji’s contribution for raising standards in the industry, and being a part of the movement that has made NollyWood a force to be reckoned with. Indeed it was a shame the movie didn’t meet the strict criteria as a foreign movie to bag that Oscar nomination, but tomorrow is another day.
But my real love affair is with UP NORTH. The recommendation to watch this movie came from my sister, who is not an atypical NollyWood viewer. Halfway through viewing, I still didn’t get why she recommended this title, as at times I felt the script was dragging… I don’t remember the exact moment it all changed; might have been when Halima’s dad gave consent for her to compete, and the team won the competition. I just remember crying as I watched the state-wide celebrations, and I never believed the day would come, when those sort of emotions would be evoked in me whilst watching NollyWood. I appreciated the natural beauty of Nigeria depicted in the movie, and immediately started planning a family vacation to Bauchi. I raise a toast to BankyW & the cast and of this production.
A second pick would be 93 days. To the staff of First Consultant Hospital Obalende, I commend you. To Bankole Cardoso whose everyday reality changed forever, may the heavens keep you. Most of all, let us not forget Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh a true heroine of our time, who paid the ultimate price, whilst trying to save a nation. Indeed, she is the epitome of a patriot!
To the veterans of NollyWood, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs, Kanoyo O Kanayo, Segun Arize, Ramsey Nouah, Joke Silva, Liz Benson, Kate Henshaw, Sola Sobowale, Clarion Chukwura … to name but a few, to the new faces in NollyWood, and all you who soldier on in the quest to better NollyWood, I applaud you!
To the viewers of NollyWood, and the non-converts, let us support our own, let us watch more NollyWood on major platforms like Netflix, that the laws of economics (demand and supply) may kick-in, and by so doing, the industry can continue to improve, get the recognition it deserves, as well as the funding it so desperately requires.
Now, go enjoy the best nollywood movies on Netflix.
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