That Movie Industry

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
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.

Others like Ije, Mirror BoyTango with Me, Hoodrush, Last Flight to Abuja  and ofcourse the Jenifa franchise revive that voice that says they can get it 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)

Hood Rush

Married-But-Living-Single

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Still Tongue Swift Hands

Still tongue swift hands needs no elaborate explanation. Still in this context means quiet, subdued or gentle. Hand doesn’t imply the ‘extensions’ attached to your shoulders but action. Having said that, allow me to analyze all humans in terms of tongue and hand; the rate at which we use them.

First on the list are people who speak too little and do so little. Well it is safe to say that they move according to the speed of their tongues.  They go round in circles achieving nothing. They are at the bottom of the chain ofcourse. Very little can be said about them because they are the unknowns.

Next on the list are People who speak so much and do so little. These men are mirrored in the lives of corrupt politicians. They make false and unrealistic promises to get into the seat and do nothing as soon as their desires are accomplished. Another example perhaps the one we’re more familiar with are those who talk endlessly about things they want to do but never get their hands dirty for countless reasons. They are the mediocre major. They do just enough to get by.  Sad truth is that a lot of us fall in this category.

Getting high up the chain, we have people who speak a lot and do just as much. They are high achievers and live according to their words most of the time. But as you know there’ll be occasional slip-ups here and there BUT in general they come out tops. Some great leaders fly in this category.

There is another group of individuals and they truly fascinate me from my depths perhaps they would you too.

They are those who speak so little and yet do so much. They are men whose lives we look at with awe. They are god-like seeming to NEVER make mistakes but they do, they ALL do. They are mentors to countless and are loathed by those who deem them invisible.

Miles of words wouldn’t fully describe what makes them tick. Some are dead while others still breathe.  Their every word held to heart like the croc to its prey.

Very calculative individuals by nature, they run the simulation of the outcome of their words so that when they speak eventually, people are stunned.

I don’t think where you are now on this chain is really important. What is important is where you want to be in the future.

Because when a man truly wants something, he goes out and eventually gets it.

Anecdote- The path

While walking through a path that was made amidst grass, I began to wonder how it was made. I realized that someone must have started it by walking in on the grass passing through the rough terrain and enduring the risk of being beaten by an insect or reptile. And gradually after walking over and over on that path, it became visible and someone else followed and before long, everyone was doing it.

It reminded me of my secondary school days (the early 90s :D), every Sunday we would have Fried rice and Chicken; a delicious menu. There were 10 people on each dining table and it was arranged in such a way that I got to sit with my mates only. For some reason (I can’t really remember), I decided to use the duo of a knife and fork and it stuck; I liked it.. My choice was odd considering almost everyone ate with a spoon or at most a fork. It wasn’t a surprise that pretty soon they came hard on me saying all kind of things to get me to stop but I chose not to (perhaps to prove a point). To cut the rather boring story short, at the end of the semester term, almost everyone on the table was eating with a fork and knife. And those who didn’t/couldn’t ? felt uncomfortable.

Its simple, If you create a path and walk diligently in it long enough, you will soon discover that those who criticized you will follow. It doesn’t matter if what you believe in isn’t popular or the usual thing to do. If you will hold on to what you believe without wavering, you will influence your circle and ultimately the world. The icing on the cake being that you’ll be able to look back, smirk smile and say “No Regrets”.

I seek

I seek to know all because He is all-knowing
I seek to have all because He owns all-having
I seek to forgive all because He is all-forgiving
I seek to give all because He is all-giving
I seek to be merciful because He is all-merciful
I seek to touch lives because He is life-changing
I seek to give joy to all because He is joy-giving
I seek to do His will because He is the best at planning
I seek to trust in Him always because He is trust worth having
I seek to love Him because His love for me is everlasting
I seek to rise above all because He rose above all.
I seek to give Him glory with every breadth and step I make because He is deserves all
I seek to talk about Him because knowing Him is the best thing you can ever desire
Of all, I seek his kingdom above all things because He is preparing a place just for ME to acquire
One question though, just what do you seek and why?

Anecdote-Mop

While in school, the toilet in my room was in a deplorable state. Water leaked intermittently into the room and usually soaked the wardrobe that was close to it. It usually took me about 10 minutes to properly dry up the havoc caused. But the long lasting effect it had on the wardrobe could not be dried; It weakened even more at every flooding. And I had to clean it up as was the routine. I picked up the mop to start ‘work’ as usual but the situation was a little different because I was looking forward to finishing it in a shorter time than usual. Now usually, I started mopping the water that had spilled into the room, but I decided to take a different approach; I mopped from inside the toilet as against the norm of starting with the room with my feet getting wet as a result. It was not a very wise idea because as I mopped, the water spread further into the room and soaked the wardrobe even more than the previous occasions. At first it was as if I was wasting precious time but few minutes after, it was as if something magical had happened because the water dramatically. I finished shortly after. I traced the water leakage only to realize that it was a rather small opening. It got fixed that week in less than 5 minutes!
As I laid on my bed to rest after the hardwork #:-s, I mused over 3 lessons I had just assimilated. If you must get a different result then you must be ready to use a different approach. If you tolerate it, chances are you’ll never be able to change it. Little problems if left unvisited could spiral out of control.
Every problem you deal with has to be dealt with from the root. However stupid the idea may seem, it just must be done. Many of us will rather deal with the fruits of the problem rather than the roots (patching it up) because it seems like the logical thing to do. Oh how wrong we are! You can only patch for so long, pretty soon you’ll be unable to keep up with the show.

Take trash… Yels!

Absurd isn’t it?  Why should I take trash from people? Some are absolutely worthless and trust me if they give me trash, I won’t even take it. I’ll give them in multiple folds.

I want you to do something else, take the trash as it is. But why should I?

Every “trash” has good stuff in it. You don’t believe? Ask those who make a good living from recycling. Now that’s just physical trash you may say. Talk more of human beings who have brain sizes that are larger than computers.

But beyond that, I’m saying take trash because everyone has something to offer. Yes everyone!  At least if they don’t teach you what to do, they’ll teach you what NOT to do.

And just in-case you still don’t want to, remember that there’s someone who believes that there’s gold in you despite your million short comings and slip ups. He is God.

“Well that’s God’s business, I’m not him”. Remember He said “As you treat others, so would you be treated” (paraphrased).

*Take this with a pinch of salt.

Anecdote-Guitarist

I remember that Sabbath day when a guitarist desired to do a song in church. He came up stage and as with most people; he needed the keyboardist and all the equipment as well. And just as he was about to begin, the electricity went off. Normally after a few seconds, it was supposed to be restored but that didn’t happen. Apparently, a fault had developed and as a result the electrical equipment would be unavailable. Any normal person would have felt discouraged but not this guy (or that was what he exuded). He decided to go on anyway, risking the probability that his performance would have been lackluster; a comic event with everyone laughing intermittently.

He went on nevertheless, the picking and strumming began. It was rough, and even though he was inaudible, he still continued.  Gradually it got better, his audibility improved and pretty soon the congregation was singing with him. And then it happened; electricity was restored. And there was a new lease of life into the song almost instantly. The applause was deafening when he eventually ended.

In life, not all things we plan for comes out exactly as planned (Most things don’t). We shouldn’t give up on our goals and dreams simply because we are disadvantaged at a particular area.  There is hardly ever the perfect time to start anything. Sometimes God acts as a spectator. He stands and expects us to start something. Only when you start defying the odds will he put His hand to it and we all know what happens when He does.

*PS – I found out later that he had a very high GPA. I chuckled and said to myself “No wonder”.