Psquare: Their Headache,Your Paracetamol

I’m quite aware that anytime celebrities or politicians want to up their game and status, they create controversies with a well cut out script. At the end of it all, they always come out smiling while the fans that were taking the paracetamol, will gnash their teeth. As an African man, I have learnt not to discuss the issues of families or relationships. It’s believed that Africans know how to settle out their problems as it concerns family. Any third party getting involved will surely have his or her hands burnt. Na you dem go carry settle the case.

The Psquare case, nobody saw it coming. Even the Okoye brothers involved didn’t see it. The name Psquare has become a brand or best described as a corporate entity. They built from the scratch. They believed since we are of same blood, there will never be a split off. Change is inevitable as far you are a mere mortal. We can’t just blame their wives because we felt things were just fine till the women came in. The recent situation calls for concern. It paints picture that there is more,which we haven’t heard or seen. The problems might have started a long while ago but were kept away from public eyes maybe they are yet to “arrived” which might be detrimental to the fame and name they were trying to build.

 

Peter Okoye announced days, his new management and stage name,”Mr P”. Though, we have heard the name at interval in most of their songs. Paul Okoye is managing two artists, Munosings and LucyCandy. He released a track days back, “Call Heaven” calling on late parents to intervene on recent happenings. Jude Okoye seemed to be quiet. He just talk through riddles, showing his maturity.

 

I have to say this, Psquare’s problems can only be settled and fully resolved by them only. If you a third party taking sides because you feel one can dance while the other can sing, I don’t know the kind of fire service personnels that will quench the fire once it starts burning you. Allow them settle out their fight. You talking, got your family cases to contend with.

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Saving Nollywood

Truth be told, Nollywood is in deep trouble. Don’t conclude yet that you know its troubles because there are more that meet the eyes. I’m one person who believes in Nollywood and its revolutionization in no distance time. Yes, I see a Nigerian story that will take the world by storm. A story that will not only take Hollywood to drawing board but will bring out the true image of the giant of Africa. Do we ever imagine that we have films like ‘The Figurine’, ‘The Last Flight To Abuja’, ‘ The Mirror Boy’, and recently Chimamanda Adichie’s adaptation of ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’?

To save Nollywood from the thousands of present troubles, we all must stand up to action. Stop being an armed chair critic or social media caricature of our films, even Hollywood and Bollywood make bad films. The titles of Nollywood films will get you cracked up before watching the film. Take for instance ‘ASUU Strike’, ‘Chocolate Pinging Salon’, ‘Dorobucci Girls’, ‘Missing School Girls’ etc. Casting is another headache, why should Segun Arinze father a Ramsey Nouah? Why should Pete Edochie wear same beard whether he’s playing wealthy or wretched man? Why would we have a man playing the character of a ‘dibia’ and you see him having either ‘punk’ or ‘galas’ haircut? What happened to dreadlocks?

Scripting is another issue. Sometimes I begin to wonder if some Nollywood films are scripted or the producer or whosoever that’s in charge decides on whatever each of the characters say or do. Atleast, script in every film project gives both cast and crew a lead. Location makes Nollywood films look terrible if not how can a Clem Ohamaeze (a wretched farmer) live in a house nicely painted with iron sheetings?
Make ups and costumes don’t really go well with Nollywood. Why would we have Jim Iyke as an accident victim and we watched clearly him hitting his head on the dashboard, but in the hospital his legs and hands are squeezed up in bandages?. Tell me reasons we won’t use sacks as costumes on an epic film? Is it that our producers and directors didn’t read history before going into a film project? Did we have wrappers before or after the coming the whitemen?

Why would Nollywood hell bent on recycling stories? If Director Pee made huge success in a film titled ‘Detective Ibu’. It is another thing for producer CeeCee to create a different project not coming with recycled script of ‘Osuofia Investicates’. The new trend is making the likes Nkem Owoh and Funke, Chiwetalu Agu and Ngozi Ezeonu, John Okafor and Eniola Badmus go to school.
Nollywood we should stop this mentality of ritual and charms’ stories. The world might think that the likes of Dangote and Adenuga are ritualists.

Now, solving the problems of Nollywood like I said earlier it’s not all about talking but coming out to act. You might never have all the resources in the world, but you need to start somewhere. If we must wrestle Nollywood from captivity and mediocrity, let’s come together to tell a better Nigerian story. Hollywood and Bollywood were never built around those that didn’t believe in what tomorrow’s porridge yam of today’s sweat. Nollywood is ours, lets reclaim it.

An Open Letter To Up and Coming Nollywood Stars

As I write this to you, I’m really angry. I wish you could behold my face to see the level of anger on it. You might jump to conclusion that my anger is much more of envy and bitterness of your way to the top. I’m more concerned about future your endeavours. You’re already seeing yourself as one of the sort after actors. Yes, the actual screen goddess. In fact, the superstar mentality has taken over you. The directors and producers won’t achieve a successful film without you as the lead or supporting character. The marketers won’t forgive any graphic designer for failing to put your face on a film poster (Your face dey sell film). Your fan base have swelled or blown out of proportion that you walk the streets putting on dark googles even at night (Pray Subsidy era doesn’t return. Trekking). Now, you compete with the likes of Omotola, Ini Edo, Jim Iyke, Prince Eke who should close down the expensive boutiques around. It doesn’t matter where you bought yours.

Sister/brother, life is not so rosy. The superstar status you look up to, is far from a lot of things. Let me remind you maybe it escaped your mind, actors are not made, but born. Ask yourself how you came about the actor thingy. Maybe you attended a half class of a supposed film school and the next you demand to be called a ‘screen god’. Of course, some will be too quick to tell me that they came into acting by accident, keke or truck?

If you’re to born to act, no director will look down on you during auditions. No producer will have the effrontery to demand for sex before you are giving a ‘yeye’ role that you are not sure if the DOP captured your face. Why should you pay directors and producers to be featured in their films? That’s star-doom not stardom. Now, let me tell you this; if you’re type that of girl who sleeps around with any person that introduces himself as a filmmaker. You are bound to spend your entire acting career in beds. Yes, because once Mr. Dick goes, he will tell Oga Harry who in turn tells Tom and on it goes.

Showing us your God given assets won’t sell you rather destroy you. Sell yourself through a convincing script interpretation, then money and fame will come. Trust Nigerians, you will be nicknamed. Act! Don’t get naked! If you can interpret a script better, the international scene is your starting point. Forget the trend. Amaka and Yetunde might have gone to win the hearts of a lot people, good. Destiny aint same. Remember, ‘You no sabi act be say you no sabi act’. No two ways about it. Thanks as you begin to ACT.

A Concerned Filmpreneur.

Why You Stop Criticising Nollywood

Nollywood makes bad or worst films, yes I agree. None can dispute that, but I wish to tell the critics of Nollywood to find better jobs to do than buying pop corn to laugh out the mistakes ofsubtitling of a Yoruba film.

Nollywood might have lost its creativity and respect. Yes, it might always have recycled stories, ‘Love Apart’, ‘My Love’, ‘Love is blind’. The casting might be poor, casting Segun Arinze as father and Ramsey Noah as son or Pete Edochie having his beards in all films. It doesn’t matter the role he’s playing. The film title might be different from the content, ‘Skelewu Babes’, ‘Osuofia’s wedding’, ‘Okon’s wedding’, ‘Okon the Driver’, ‘Agumba the warrior’, ‘Bold 5 babes’ etc. I can list as many blunders, but they can never solve the problem of Nollywood rather the scourge will continue. We can’t help the Nigerian film industry, criticising it destructively.

If you’re such versatile critic that can write very well, why can bring up a good storyline will leave your audience in bewilderment. If know Mercy Johnson don’t know how to act, we now live in world where one can make films with any camera phone. Try a scene or two, you will understand the phrase ‘Acting no beans’. Don’t see me as taking sides with Nollywood. Truth be told, I hate Nollywood films of this age. No suspense, no action, no dialogue or good soundtrack, but we must commend these ‘filmpreneurs’. They put almost their life belongings to produce a film. Ofcourse, you have to recap your investment. How many of you can willingly loan a filmmaker some money?

The Hollywood of US and the Bollywood of India were never built with much hate from their people rather lots of people supported their course. If you’re a young filmmaker in Nigeria and intended to use a neighbours wheelbarrow as prop in your project, your so called neighbour will demand you pay him. Do we have to grow like this? If you know you’re an expert in a particular field which can excel Nollywood, come out offer your ideas. Don’t sit on the fence and get angry when the bad films are churned out. Thank you.

Why You Stop Criticising Nollywood

Nollywood makes bad or worst films, yes I agree. None can dispute that, but I wish to tell the critics of Nollywood to find better jobs to do than buying pop corn to laugh out the mistakes ofsubtitling of a Yoruba film.

Nollywood might have lost its creativity and respect. Yes, it might always have recycled stories, ‘Love Apart’, ‘My Love’, ‘Love is blind’. The casting might be poor, casting Segun Arinze as father and Ramsey Noah as son or Pete Edochie having his beards in all films. It doesn’t matter the role he’s playing. The film title might be different from the content, ‘Skelewu Babes’, ‘Osuofia’s wedding’, ‘Okon’s wedding’, ‘Okon the Driver’, ‘Agumba the warrior’, ‘Bold 5 babes’ etc. I can list as many blunders, but they can never solve the problem of Nollywood rather the scourge will continue. We can’t help the Nigerian film industry, criticising it destructively.

If you’re such versatile critic that can write very well, why can bring up a good storyline will leave your audience in bewilderment. If know Mercy Johnson don’t know how to act, we now live in world where one can make films with any camera phone. Try a scene or two, you will understand the phrase ‘Acting no beans’. Don’t see me as taking sides with Nollywood. Truth be told, I hate Nollywood films of this age. No suspense, no action, no dialogue or good soundtrack, but we must commend these ‘filmpreneurs’. They put almost their life belongings to produce a film. Ofcourse, you have to recap your investment. How many of you can willingly loan a filmmaker some money?

The Hollywood of US and the Bollywood of India were never built with much hate from their people rather lots of people supported their course. If you’re a young filmmaker in Nigeria and intended to use a neighbours wheelbarrow as prop in your project, your so called neighbour will demand you pay him. Do we have to grow like this? If you know you’re an expert in a particular field which can excel Nollywood, come out offer your ideas. Don’t sit on the fence and get angry when the bad films are churned out. Thank you.

Why You Stop Criticising Nollywood

Nollywood makes bad or worst films, yes I agree. None can dispute that, but I wish to tell the critics of Nollywood to find better jobs to do than buying pop corn to laugh out the mistakes ofsubtitling of a Yoruba film.

Nollywood might have lost its creativity and respect. Yes, it might always have recycled stories, ‘Love Apart’, ‘My Love’, ‘Love is blind’. The casting might be poor, casting Segun Arinze as father and Ramsey Noah as son or Pete Edochie having his beards in all films. It doesn’t matter the role he’s playing. The film title might be different from the content, ‘Skelewu Babes’, ‘Osuofia’s wedding’, ‘Okon’s wedding’, ‘Okon the Driver’, ‘Agumba the warrior’, ‘Bold 5 babes’ etc. I can list as many blunders, but they can never solve the problem of Nollywood rather the scourge will continue. We can’t help the Nigerian film industry, criticising it destructively.

If you’re such versatile critic that can write very well, why can bring up a good storyline will leave your audience in bewilderment. If know Mercy Johnson don’t know how to act, we now live in world where one can make films with any camera phone. Try a scene or two, you will understand the phrase ‘Acting no beans’. Don’t see me as taking sides with Nollywood. Truth be told, I hate Nollywood films of this age. No suspense, no action, no dialogue or good soundtrack, but we must commend these ‘filmpreneurs’. They put almost their life belongings to produce a film. Ofcourse, you have to recap your investment. How many of you can willingly loan a filmmaker some money?

The Hollywood of US and the Bollywood of India were never built with much hate from their people rather lots of people supported their course. If you’re a young filmmaker in Nigeria and intended to use a neighbours wheelbarrow as prop in your project, your so called neighbour will demand you pay him. Do we have to grow like this? If you know you’re an expert in a particular field which can excel Nollywood, come out offer your ideas. Don’t sit on the fence and get angry when the bad films are churned out. Thank you.