NOLLYWOOD, MEDIOCRITY AND PSEUDO CREATIVITY

I surely have two bones to pick with Nollywood vis-à-vis their bungling cult of mediocrity and their pseudo creativity…

I surely have two bones to pick with Nollywood vis-à-vis their bungling cult of mediocrity and their pseudo creativity…

On Mediocrity:

World over, from Hollywood to Bollywood to any other wood except Nolly… Important movies these days are either biographies, autobiographies of a worthy life or historical occurrences and excellent novels being adapted into powerful movies. Also, well thought out philosophical musings are brought to bear on their various nation’s sociopolitical issues. Hence, most of what we’ve seen from America, India, etc, challenge our thoughts, our IQs and all.

But down here, Nollywood, in their stark laziness and uncreative projections, prefer to keep dancing round insipid and same storylines since after Igodo. Worst is their rigidness. If you won’t join their silly scriptwriters association, nothing will come out of your messianic ambition.. Join them, they infect you with their contagious mediocrity.

So, we are inundated with stupid films that insult our senses of literary and aesthetic appreciation. We are suffused with historically and socioculturally distorted movies that question our images, thinking faculties and senses of belonging. These movies, with their poor grammatical deployments both in English and local languages, damage our psyche, albeit gradually, and upholds the slow, indirect reconstruction of our complexes towards the inferior bend.

On Creativity and Pseudo Creativity:

Good and interesting movies have surely graced our TV screens from the handful of creative scriptwriters, directors and producers who are struggling against the overwhelming number of mediocres in the field. Some of their movies have reflected our fears, joys, travails and dilemmas – as a nation, as a culturally peculiar society. But I am worried, also, by the level of outright plagiarism that some of these producers indulge in.

When, sometime last year, I saw The Wedding Party, I had cause to celebrate a seemingly paradigm shift from mediocrity to creativity.

Same goes to when I saw Wives on Strike early this year.

However, my celebratory drum ebbed when I saw the Hollywood movie; Jumping The Broom, produced a year or two before The Wedding Party. I became more disillusioned when I recently saw Chi Raq; another Hollywood movie that came before Wives On Strike. Then it struck me, that the Nollywood makers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike relied heavily on the plot and thematic thrust of Jumping The Broom and Chi Raq.

Now don’t get me wrong. It is not bad to do so. In fact, I encourage our people to look Westwards and adapt some of their interesting movies into ones that will reflect our peculiar sociopolitical, economic, cultural and religious experiences. But what I am against is when it is done without discipline; that uncivilized culture of not crediting the source. There’s everything wrong with that and that’s my wahala with the producers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike.

In the Literary circle, Ola Rotimi successfully adapted Oedipus Rex into the Yoruba cultural matrix to produce for Africa, the classical The Gods Are Not To Blame that resonates with our sensibilities. Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu and Who is Afraid of Tai Solarin are African adaptations of The Trojan Women and The Government Inspector, respectively, and these authors made it known from the outset. Even Wole Soyinka did it with his 1973 publication of The Bacchae of Euripides. Novelists like Tayib Salih and Igoni Barrett also did so, successfully. So why shouldn’t our movie makers do the honourable by quoting their sources? Is it as a result of that skewed but entrenched notion that Nigerians are lazy researchers who can never discover such theft? Is it as a result of that hogwash view that our movie lovers do not care about the source and content of the movies they watch? What exactly could have prompted these producers to think that we are daft, lazy and uncritical consumers?

My Verdict:

This writer is of the opinion that the producers of The Wedding Party and Wives On Strike depended on the concepts established in Jumping The Broom and Chi Raq to make their own movies. This writer does not think it is wrong to adapt or emulate. However, this writer condemns, in strong terms, the habit of hoarding glories and stark refusal to credit creative sources. It is an honourable thing to do and I enjoin our movie makers, the real movie makers to imbibe that healthy habit.

Our movie makers should also look into our literary basket and savour in the adaptation of the excellent stories so far produced by these cerebral writers who are making Nigeria proud in the global literary scene. I refuse to believe that there are no investors. There are investors but there are no investable storylines.

Hence, I implore our movie makers to look inwards and come up with good story lines. They should work closely with our novelists and playwrights, something healthy must come out of that relationship.

Above all, they should allow newer hands in the game; fresh players bring in fresh innovations.

Offside:

Meanwhile, every Nigerian should endeavour to see Chi Raq and see how the church and the community coalesced to stand against an ugly trend that threatened their common existence.

They stood up first and called God for support. They didn’t hide in their rooms to invoke God like we do down here.

I’m out.

Author’s Bio:

IFESINACHI, Johnpaul Nwadike is a poet, writer, comedian and rapper. He obtained a B.A in Literature from Imo State University, Owerri and an M.A in Literature from University of Ibadan. When he’s not listening to 2face, Asa or Brymo, he’s reading an African author. He relaxes by looking for trouble.

10 REASONS High-Water Mark School is the right place to enrol your child next term

A visit to Highwatermark school relieves your worries. The state of art educational facilities are the best you can find in the Ondo state metropolis.

Do you live in Ondo state and its environs?
Looking for where to begin or continue your child’s education? Look no further. In this post, I give 10 reasons High-Water Mark school is the right place to enrol your child.

As parents, we naturally bother about what happens to our children at school:

what kind of friends they mingle with?;
what kind of teachers do they talk to?;
what are the teachers teaching them?;

are they taught the right way?;

can they compete effectively with children from other parts of the world?

It is natural for caring parents to hold these kind of thoughts.

A visit to High-Water Mark school relieves your worries. The state of art educational facilities are the best you can find in the Ondo state metropolis.

I share with you just 10 reasons you want your child to resume at High-Water Mark school

1.Affordable fees

2. Well equipped speech laboratory

3. Audio visual mode of learning.

4. Specious and conducive environment: in a classroom, there are two sections. One section for theoretical and the other for practical activities.

5. Security.

6. Competent and qualified teachers

7. Blend of British and Nigerian curriculums

8. Emphasis on learning of digital skills

9. Emphasis on artistic skills through Creative Art

10. Home for creativity: learn piano, drums and computer programming

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ANA President and Secretary call member ‘Bastard’

The president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Denja Abdullahi and the secretary(south), Wole Adedoyin in fit of vituperations described a member of the association, Paul Liam as ‘Bastard’.

The president of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Denja Abdullahi and the secretary(south), Wole Adedoyin in fit of vituperations described a member of the association, Paul Liam as ‘Bastard’.

These comments came in response to allegations made by Paul Liam on his Facebook page.

Paul Liam, claiming to be in possession of evidences to prove his allegations had accused the leadership of playing bad politics with the association.

Abdullahi replied by saying Liam was not the son of his father and Adedoyin called Liam, ‘bastard’ and asked him to produce evidences for the allegations else they would sue him.

Feel free to share your thoughts on these comments from intellectuals using the comment space below.