I’m not a big fan of the Nigerian film industry aped Nollywood (I meant to say named) and if you asked me now I can think of only a very few productions that have really made/left their mark with Oléku still my favourite Nigerian film many years since it came, and a new film titled Ijé may just join that elite few…may.
I haven’t seen the film and I probably won’t anytime soon. My focus is the origin of the script for the film that reportedly sold out its first screening at a cinema on the Island. The script of Ijé is actually the (or part of the) thesis of a Nigerian student of the prestigious New York Film Academy… Ah! Someone’s final year project o!
I’m confident delivery of roles in the film isn’t an issue; Genevieve Nnaji’s come a long way to her current stardom, Clem Ohaneze more so and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde even more so. The foreign cast in the film, including Ulrich Que, also have pretty cool repute attached to them unlike previously where just any white-skinned fellows would do.
Otherwise all that, Ijé’s script most probably has been adapted in a previous production here but imperatively, the difference (what would be going for Ijé) would be the quality of the script (that New York school no be small thing o) and delivery from the cast…it’s about quality people.
So I wonder if the Federal Government, in the melee of its acceptance of every financial requests in the billions of recent, will consider a string of ideas from budding Nigerians as us who are just about prepped to pounce on the slightest window of opportunity at partaking of the infamous national cake or what’s the benefit of a documentary. The Director of this ‘epic’ production better retire when s/he’s done with it because N250m begins to describe what it takes to produce a Hollywood movie.
So here’s my proposal to the FG – an Obelisk 50ft high with lights at the top that will shine into the night sky; lights capable of illuminating whatever the FG wants illuminated, from a N5000 note to the EFCC logo. I’ll go with the latter.
If that seems far fetched for them, I’ll go with a proposal to create a Nigerian Thesaurus which should be greatly beneficial to those who want to know the real, present day Nigeria. A peek of what the Thesaurus will contain goes thus:
Loan (vrb.): the act of being approached for financial assistance without insurance or assurance of repayment. A popular action among undergraduates.
Maga (n./vrb.): where two parties or one party in cooperation with two or more parties become affiliated to/with each other for the sake of benefits inherent.
National Cake (n.): the whole of a lump of massive finance available to very few. Not to be mistook for national cakes made for independence anniversaries of other countries. Ambition for it is found rampant in the echelons of power.
Nigerian Factor (adv.): a concept used to describe the complex complicated nature of reality in an immediate environment and events therein. Similar to Nigerian Mentality which is genetically inherited, Nigerian Factor is physically inherited. Concept is aptly captured in the education sector, Admissions Office.
Nigerian Mentality (adv.): an aura of total pessimism displayed consistently due to influence(s) of factors in the immediate environment. Definition is aptly captured when a neighbourhood in the country enjoys uninterrupted power supply for 30 hours or more, residents start to wonder if the transformer won’t overload and pack up soon as a result.
©δ.õÁ 06/08/2010 ™