29 July 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

So what do I have to celebrate? I am well, wiser, the fact that I finally moved. What will I be doing today? For sure today will not be as interesting as my last birthday, my Ex threw a suprise birthday party which I knew about! I am hoping to see Scoop (Scarlet Johannsen, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen). Unfortunately the cinema nearby isn't showing it, I am hoping Spice would suggest we go see it together. Its times like this I hate the suburbs!!!

23 July 2006

Job Hunting, etc

So my 'vacation' is finally over and I am now actively looking for work. I cannot count the number of electronic copies of my resume I have distributed in the past 3 weeks lets just say if I were in Nigeria, my resume would have wound up as wrapping paper for the boli seller! Although I am confident I will get work, I am just a litlle bit worried that it might take awhile, my hosts are great people and I won't want to begin to be or be perceived as a burden. Princess is also anxious about my unemployed state although for a completely different reason - time spent in-doors on the computer job searching is time spent away from the great outdoors and all those prospective husbands! You gotta love my mum!!! When she voiced her concerns on the phone yesterday, I must have laughed for 10 mins straight, her concerns did put a refreshing take on the whole job search thing.

13 July 2006

My Father's Occupation

I am watching Jay Leno and according to some book/survey, the most successful pick up line in use is 'Your father is a thief, he stole the stars in the sky and put them in your eyes', imagine! I am wondering what kind of person this line would actually sway.

I myself can testify to the fact that this line actually exists and is actually in use, infact it has been in use for atleast 16 years and in places as far away as Ibadan, Nigeria. I remember the night I heard it, I had just moved to Ibadan with my mum and enrolled in a mixed school, and giddy at the fact that I got to see boys EVERYDAY!!! The boy in question was the elder brother of a girl I attended lesson with (she had such lovely hair). I do not recall how we actually met since he didn't atend my school anyway I was out at night on some errand (probably to get bread or plantain or something) he waylays me at the carpenters shed two houses from mine and his proclamation of love culminated in him delivering the afore mentioned line. When I heard the first part of the line, I got angry very quickly, how dare this horny teenager call my father a thief? I am not normally a patient person, but somehow I didn't explode just then. It was well worth it to wait and hear the rest. I laughed so hard and loud I would not be suprised if my mum heard! Of course the line did not 'chop me', I wan't falling for no smooth talking local layabout giddy as I was at the fact that I was in such 'close' contact with boys.

04 July 2006

Madam Dearest

I first came across this movie in February when I saw the second part at MG's mothers house (I am yet to come across a Nollywood movie that didn't have atleast two parts). It was quite an interesting story.

Synopsis of Madam Dearest
A young couple have been on a 10 year baby watch and have tried everything to no avail. Falling victim to the Nigerian police and their disdain for good samaritans, the husband goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit. Family and friends concerned for their daughter/friend persuade the houseboy to initiate an affair with his oga's wife (imagine). After a brief struggle with his conscience (spurred on by a fellow houseboy) the whole thing begins to like a good idea to the houseboy. The wife eventually caves under the pressure from friends and family and succumbs to the allure of the houseboy. The birth of a baby boy ensues. The wronged husband returns from jail and of course the wife passes on the boy as his. The husband doesn't find this hard to believe since he enjoyed conjugal visits while in jail. Life returns to normal but as you can imagine the houseboy cannot really take sudden change in events. He has a run in with the husband which culuminates in him 'kidnapping' his son with the intent of taking him to Ghana (his home country). Suprisingly the Nigerian police force swing into action creating a dragnet as soon as the husband and wife report the child missing, kidnapped by the houseboy. The houseboy is advised to send his child to Ghana instead of attempting to go himself, and his friend volunteers his wife as the courier. At the border, commotion ensues between Customs and car smugglers. The courier is killed and the child taken in by the head of the smugglers. The wife and husband believe their child has been successfully kidnapped, while the houseboy believes the child has been returned to his former boss. Child grows up in the smugglers house, houseboy goes on to be a minister in his home country. Husband now begins to suspect (imagine after all this time) that all is not well between himself and his wife and arranges to have his house bugged. He soon learns the truth about the paternity of his kidnapped son. He confronts his wife and decides the best punishment for her would be not to divorce her. As fate will have it, the child meets the houseboy and as fate will again have it the boy was in some financial strait (his father had died and his step mother had spilled the beans about his parentage sufficiently unsettling him into leaving home without a cent even though his adopted father has made him executioner of his will). He offers him work as a house boy in his household (ironic) and makes a call to Nigeria requesting that his former boss/lover/mother of his child come to Ghana. A soppy reunion ensues. The End

I gathered all this by watching the second part and I made a note to watch the first part. My opportunity arrived when I asked Spice what I should bring for her and she said home videos. I bought this title along with some others at the recommendation of one of the interns in my office. In total Spice and I spent 5 hours and 19 mins watching this movie and I am still angry! Although I had made allowances for the typical rambling nature of nollywood offerings, this one really upset me for one reason - It was directed by Tade Ogidan. The noise they make about this guy on the nollywood scene I expected a more cohesive, film from him. For one the dialogue was reminicent of a yoruba conversation; too many words. Two, makeup and wardrobe was nothing like 'O Le ku' we had no props to help us determine that this movie spanned at least 15 years. Three, way too may scenes. At the end of the day the second part could have been released as the whole movie and it would have been okay. I mean the houseboy spent a good 20 mins at the end of part two talking us through all that happened in part one at the meeting between himself, his former boss and lover and their love child. The storyline was very good though and I think for me that is the only saving grace for this movie. Also the houseboy and his friends tried on the 'ghanian tyring to speak yoruba' accent. Kudos also to the smugglers second wife her performance at the family meeting after her husbands death was nothing if not entertaining.

I have oftened pondered this question; why do Nollywood movies always have atleast a second part? Some of the movies I bought for Spice had no business having a first part not to talk of a second part and the producers/directors have the effontry to ask viewers to watch out for a part 3!!! It seems to me that Nollywood movies are priced with respect to the number of discs the movie manages to contain, an incentive in my opinion for this part 'infinity' rubbish. While we still have a lot of work to do technically with respect to the production, camera work, directing, etc of Nollywood movies (we should rememeber we do not need to reinvent the wheel) we can work on stuff like our dialogue, screenplay, etc etc. I have often asked after watching Nollywood films if the film was adapted from a screen play or do the actors ad lib as they go along (that would explain the windy dialogue).

After all said and done, if you haven't seen 'Madam Dearest' skip part one and see part two, in my opinion thats all thats worth seeing of this movie

01 July 2006

BET Awards '06

I was watching the awards the other night and Chaka Chan was presented the Lifetime Achievement award. Big woman, hair, hips voice!!! Stevie Wonder, Prince, Yolanda Adams and India.Arie did a tribute with Ms Chan herself singing 'I feel for you' and 'Through the Fire'. Ms Adams performed 'Every Woman' with Ms Chan, and I could not help but think that it ought to be Whitney Houston singing it. Such a pity about Whitney, I hope she gets her life back on track.