I remember those cheesy lines, the horrible make up and mannerisms that were pushed in your face. Some low budget director, script writer thought he would make headlines after cooking up some fable and releasing a movie in weeks or months (at most). Then, after watching a movie where the script and scenes blew your mind and got you thinking afterwards, there were some others that were really low budget, they made you kiss your teeth with regret after watching. They lacked innovation, creativity and infact the family of good words that would have made a movie worth watching. Most had headlines that made you go “How uncreative can people get”?. It was Nollywood (Nigeria’s movie industry).
But I’m happy to tell you that those sad, horrible, despicable days are over (or almost over)!
Enter The Figurine:
The Figurine is a 2009 Nigerian thriller film written by Kemi Adesoye and produced & directed by Kunle Afolayan who also stars in the film as one of the main protagonists. The film received 10 nominations and won 5 awards at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2010, including the awards for Best Picture, Heart of Africa, AMAA Achievement in cinematography and AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect.
(Perhaps I’ll do a full movie review of The Figurine but until then, please manage this ‘trailer’):
While serving at a National Youth Service Corps camp, two friends find a mystical sculpture in an abandoned shrine in the forest, and one of them decides to take the artwork home. Unknown to them, the sculpture is from the Yoruba goddess Araromire which bestows seven years of good luck on anyone who encounters it, and after the seven years have expired, seven years of bad luck follow. The lives of the two friends begin to change for good, as they become successful and wealthy businessmen.
However, after seven years things start to change southwards. Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, Jide Kosoko and Kunle Afolayan among others acted in the movie. It had a budget of 50M (Yes 50!).
Even though they’ve not broken into the action genre, I’ll say that their thrillers, dramas and romance have improved in leaps and bounds. And let’s assume I’m being bias, I guess the awards they’ve garnered makes me think I just might be right.
As a result I’ve officially dropped out from the “Nollywood is crap” school and applied into the “Nollywood has a great future” international school. (hopefully I’ll get admitted).
SCENES FROM HOOD RUSH (LEFT) AND MARRIED BUT LIVING SINGLE BELOW(RIGHT)
Of course there are still some horrible movies but then again inspite of movies like Avatar, Inception, Batman, etc you’ll agree with me that they are some American movies that do a terrible job at entertaining you.
Again, maybe I’m totally wrong about Nollywood. What do you think?