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Opinion Piece: 10 Things I Learn from the film- Mokalik

Movies are meant to portray reality, pass across messages that tend to distinguish what is right or wrong, good or bad or just present situations or circumstances we can learn from. That’s what Mokalik did for me. Yes, I just saw the film, close your mouth abeg. Hehehe.

In a time when formal education seems to be the yardstick or standard by which society determines life’s success, Mokalik is one film that pushes the boundaries in a bid to question the narrative and introduce us to a fresh perspective. (Watch Trailer Here)

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We’re all wired differently, each with a different mindset and inherent skillset; everyone can’t be doctors, lawyers, pilots or sit behind a desk all day punching laptops. Some people are way better with their hands than having to read books so they can pass exams that do not truly tell their intelligence. Kunle Afolayan did a great one in Mokalik, in a single day, a kid was able to learn more about cars and life than he’d ever learned if he was in the four walls of a classroom. And let’s not forget that many of us learned a lot about cars as well. So, here are 10 things I got from watching the movie.

1) Learning is not only done in schools.

2) Pay close attention to your children’s interests.

3) Learn to communicate with your children.

4) Life is a series of highs and lows.

5) Hard work and patience, whether as a mechanic or an office worker.

6) Never judge a book by its cover.

7) No profession is easy, passion and dedication to the job a great professional.

8) Just because your child performs poorly in school doesn’t mean he/she is dumb. Find that one thing he/she is good at and help develop it.

9) Life is a school, we learn every day.

10) Eat good food, you’ll need a full stomach to work well.

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Toyin Abraham makes her directorial debut with ‘Listening Ears’

Toyin Abraham has been very busy lately, from Alakada Reloaded to the Prophetess, now she’s making her directorial debut in the movie ‘Listening Ears’. The comic actress would be showing off her skills as a director on this one and fans are already gearing up for the release date of the film.

Toyin shared the release date as well as the trailer of the film. The feature movie will premiere exclusively on the actor’s Youtube channel on the 23rd of July 2021 and it stars Kehinde Bankole, Tomiwa Tegbe, Deyemi Okanlawon, Chimezie Imo and Kunle Remi. Instagram skit makers such as Isbaeu and Adeherself have roles in the film too.

Listening Ears

The trailer gives us a sneak peek into the story, it’s about a female lead who’s romantically involved with a younger man. ‘Listening Ears’ is produced by Moyo Fakorede, coincidentally this is her debut as a producer in the new film.

Here’s the trailer.

Opinion Piece: Is Zubby Michael the Richest Actor in Nollywood?

Nollywood with all its glitz and glam is seen by many as an industry where the promotion of “fake life” is pushed to unlimited heights. It’s whispered in some corners that not all actors are what they claim to be, some don’t get paid as much as they would want to. So with this, you ask yourself, how do these thespians make the money they boldly flaunt on social media? Especially the females.

There’s a story making rounds on social media about the prominent actor, Zubby Michael. Zubby, in an interview with Broadway TV, told the world that he’s the biggest actor not just in Nigeria but in Africa. He also disclosed that he’s the richest. Hmmm, makes you wonder if he’s already in the leagues with other A-list Nollywood actor I know are ‘big’.

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This is how he puts it “No cap! I am the biggest actor in Africa. To God be the glory. I don’t think anyone is bigger than me for now,” the actor revealed. For now, I am the richest actor. The last time I checked my book, I realized I had made nothing less than N102 million from actor’s fees lately. Not in all my career, just of recent. I have a book where I write all the films that I have been in and how much they pay me.”

Not bad for someone who has been in the Asaba Nollywood for a long. But let’s ask ourselves, can we completely agree with him that he’s the “richest” actor in Nollywood? He does have a right to his opinion but what about the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Jim Iyke, RMD, Alex Ekubo and the rest? Don’t they make as much if not more in actor’s fee?

Zubby only recently broke into the cinema filmmaking part of the industry when he starred in Omo Ghetto: the saga, a Funke Akindele Bello and JJC Skillz film in 2020. The film was a box office hit. From there he’s gone on to star in other cinematic flicks like Bovi’s ‘My Village People’ and Kayode Kasum’s ‘Ponzi’.

Is it possible that these movies made him the richest actor in Nollywood and the biggest in Africa? Let me know what you think in the comments.

The Man called Jackie Chan

If you’re an action movie fan then you must have come across a famous name who not only has worldwide recognition for his crazy action stunts but also infuses comic relief to his films. Yep, I know the name Jackie Chan is what comes to mind.

Jackie Chan played a significant role in the development of the Chinese film industry, his style of acting is a blend of comedy, action (mostly Kung Fu) and dramatic. Jackie is one film star that made my childhood amazing, after seeing any of his movies, I and my friends would go out to mimic his fighting styles. That’s how amazing he is. Today, he’s one of the most successful Chinese actors, one that crossed over to Hollywood without stress. He also did a lot of collaborations in Europe as well. The movies include- Medallion, Rush Hour, Vanguard, Dragon Lord, The Foreigner, Who am I?, The Spy Next Door, The Tuxedo, Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Amour of God, Rumble in the Bronx and a whole lot more.

How much do you know about this iconic and legendary film star? Here are a few facts to know about Jackie Chan.

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1.Jackie Chan’s real name is Chan Kong-Sang

2.He speaks 7 languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German, Korean, Japanese and Thai and also American Sign Language.

3.He is a classically trained vocalist and has released more than 20 albums in over five languages. He has also sung theme songs for several of his movies and singing in several Chinese versions of Disney classics.

4. Jackie performs all his stunts himself.

5. While filming Armour of God, he had an accident and doctors had to sustain his life by fixing a permanent plastic plug in his skull.

6. Jackie holds the Guinness World Record for “Most Stunts by a Living Actor”.

7.He practiced a scene in the movie Dragon Lord, 2900 times before he could get it right. The scene holds the record for the most takes required for a single scene.

Rattlesnake- an intriguing and captivating remake of a Nollywood classic.

Since emerging film production company Play Studios decided to bring back old classics like Living in Bondage, Rattlesnake and even Nneka the Pretty Serpent, they have not disappointed movie lovers so far.

Charles Opkaleke sure knows how to make a movie and with Ramsey Nouah as co-producer and Director, we’ve seen nothing but twenty-first century directing genius in these films. I never would’ve guessed that Ramsey, being a successful and amazing actor, would be able to pull off a great job as a director. So far he has done it twice, Living in Bondage- Breaking free and Rattlesnake- The Ahanna Story are proof of his directorial brilliance. And they are all high-budget flicks breaking the box office.

I just watched Rattlesnake and I wasn’t disappointed at all. From start to finish, I was catapulted into the minds and hearts of the characters, the fact that it was star-studded (and with a few newbies) didn’t water down the acting. From the opening scene, we get to see what it was for a young lad to witness jungle justice and what that experience formed in his consciousness and ultimately led to his worldview. It’s an experience I’m sure many kids have witnessed in reality, no doubt, a scene like that will shape his/her opinion about what is right and wrong, good and bad, justice and injustice. This is reflected in young Ahanna innocently asking his Dad why politicians are not paraded in public and burnt alive like other “criminals”. Just like his Dad replied and I agree, it’s not that simple.

Before I get lost in the narrative of the Nigerian system, which I presume is common knowledge, let me focus on the task at hand- my thoughts about the film. The story is a modern remake or construct of the 1995 Amaka Igwe hit of the same name. Released as a home video, Rattlesnake became a national sensation within months of circulation. It is regarded as one of the best films to ever come out of Nigeria and Africa. A rich story, well laid out plot and great acting.

Rattlesnake follows the life of Ahanna who lost his father as a teenager and was abandoned in the village with his grandmother when his mother remarried his uncle. After leaving school and searching for jobs with none in sight, he went to Lagos only to find out that his Mom got pregnant for his uncle and they both killed his father. He accidentally shot his mom and that was the turning point for him. From that one encounter, he got together his friends and they formed a modern-day robin hood and the gang syndicate that targets rich politicians looting public funds. They called themselves ‘The Armadas’. They stole from the politicians, enriching themselves while also giving back to the poor in society.

The story is infused with contemporary innuendos, carefully woven together to present the audience with a semblance of real situations in today’s Nigeria. Rattlesnake-the Ahanna story is like an old school reunion with a blend of fresh blood. Veterans in the film include- Sonny Mcdon, Ramsey Nouah, Ejike Asiegbu, Fred Amata, Norbert Young, Gloria Young, Chiwetalu Agu, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Chinyere Wilfred. Young actors include- Stan Nze, Bucci Franklin, Osas Ighodaro, Tobi Bakre, Efa Iwara, Rebecca Nengi Hampson, Odera Adimorah, Elma Mbadiwe, Brutus Richards, Ayo Makun and Emeka Nwagbaraocha. It’s worthy of mention that while some of these names made cameo appearances, others were main characters, but in all, they brought light and life to their characters. I believe each scene was carefully shot and I must confess that I enjoyed every bit of it, well, almost every bit.

I have a few favorites in the film, of course, Stan Nze did an amazing job as Ahanna, he deserves a standing ovation. Bucci Franklin was the man of the movie (if there’s any award like that though). His character, Nzenozor was fire, bucci embodied that role, kind of method acting if you ask me. Another surprise for me is Tobi Bakre. Tobi is steadily proving himself to be a talent and he delivered his lines with such finesse, his character portrayal as a double agent was believable and commendable.

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Now, there’s a twist to the story, you guys remember Richard Willaims in Living in Bondage? Yes, played by Ramsey, well, Richard made a cameo in this film. He showed up during the art gallery heist to introduce himself to Ahanna and offer him a seat at the table of ” The Six”. I know right, what’s that about? What’s the relationship between Living in Bondage and Rattlesnake? That’s what I’d like to know too and I love the suspense. I’ll be looking out for the sequel, Ramsey sure knows how to keep us at the edge of our seats.

As for the technicalities in the film, I think the sound was good, the picture quality was superb and the location as well as props, as far as I’m concerned we’re all on point.

Like I always say, this is not a review, just thoughts from a movie enthusiast. You shouldn’t take my word for it, go see the film and form your own opinions.

PROPHETESS CINEMA REVIEW

By Jumande Raji

PROPHETESS CINEMA REVIEW – JUST FOR LAUGHS, BUT NOT

DIRECTED DY NIYI AKINMOLAYAN

CAST: TOYIN ABRAHAM, KUNLE REMI, LATEEF ADEDIMEJI, KEHINDE BANKOLE, RONKO OJO, TINA MBA, STAN NZE, UZO ARUKWE, DEYEMI OKANLAWON, ETC

So, the movie follow the story of some interesting personalities, a young egoistic OAP and a “fake” prophetess who apparently is being used by God. The young troubled guy is brought to the prophetess by his aunties because of his many issues as highlighted by his mother, the major one being the fact that he doesn’t want to settle down. He mockingly records the session and asks some tricky and vital questions all in a bid to make fun, but the outcome is something no one would have envisaged.

The movie starred a lot of strong and memorable characters all trying to give their own comical interpretations while telling the story. The issue however, I have with this movie is that as usual with most Nigerian comedies, it was seriously lacking in the story and content department and it was quite obvious that the whole point of the movie was to make us laugh.

From the trailers released to build anticipation, almost everyone could predict the outcome or most parts of the storyline, but I went in open minded expecting to be shocked but the shock never came. I almost always get upset when I see storylines that make the audience feel dumb. Sure, I laughed a few times, most times because of the ridiculousness or one person’s acting at the time but I generally just managed through the movie.

I liked the fact that every character was unique and so that made it interesting to watch but I owe that mostly to the acting prowess of most of the actors. The caliber of actors in this movie is what really sold it for me, everyone carried their own and made their character one to look out for. Why the however gave the lead actress a lisp, still beats me because it made most of her dialogue annoying to listen to because I know for a fact that not everyone with epilepsy has such a defect, it was a bit of an overkill if you ask me.

The set design and location of the movie was pretty basic, set mostly is a small rural area, with very few scenes taking place any place else. The costuming was basic but spot on, that is one area that I give them kudos for, it properly depicted the scene, the locale and the characters. Sound and light was pretty good too, the technical aspect of this movie was great. Why they however had to have a “made-up” prophetess on the poster of her used in the movie was just not right, if the next time we saw her after her claim to fame, she looked that way it would have been understood. But she was still plain looking, so are they saying she got her make up done just to take a poster picture?

Overall, this is an everyday Nigerian comedy and nothing really spectacular. I wish we could have more intelligent comedies but till then, what can we do?

PROPHETESS MOVIE REVIEW

PROPHETESS MOVIE REVIEW: How bad do you want it?

By Morris Abdul Newton

Dir: Niyi Akinmolayan

Starring: Toyin Abraham, Kunle Remi, Kehinde Bankole, Lateef Adedimeji, Stan Nze, Uzor Arukwe, Deyemi Okanlawon, Tina Mba, RonkeOshodi-Oke, Muyiwa Ademola.

Duration: 142mins

What’s good about the movie, Prophetess? It’s a solid story idea. That’s it. That’s what is primarily needed, which then metamorphosis into a proper story and then the metaphoric ink touches paper and filming follows. Then again, for this one, story idea is just about it.

As the book of Ecclesiastes so gloriously put it, “There is a time for everything.” That very well includes this story idea. Unfortunately, I just don’t see any time for what we eventually witnessed as a film. This film is bereft of any proper plot structure. It runs round and round in vain circles making the viewers waste over two hours of their lives wondering where the movie is heading to. That is not a good thing for any type of movie, Comedy or not.

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Toyin Abraham plays the titular Prophetess Ajoke and she isn’t a real one – pun intended. She’s just a fake who mistakenly predicts two events that went viral on the internet courtesy an OAP (Kunle Remi). One of the “prophecies” got fulfilled and the other is what caused the chaos that is this movie. I do mean the chaos part in every sense of it. Again – pun intended.

The biggest problem this film has is the lack of direction. It stems from the writing to its directing and it’s a shame how such lack of direction just classically oozes.

Perhaps the fact that the Nollywood audience has become accustomed to farcical comedy ensured that we were served that in huge doses here. However, this wouldn’t have been a problem if the movie worked in plot and didn’t come across as just some kind of ‘money making’ scheme.

The sheer potential that this project held makes the outcome all the more cringe worthy especially when it’s considered that it was in the hands of one of Nollywood’s most vocal acts. The thoughts make the failure much more annoying.

The acting performances should have done something for us as well, considering the array of stellar acts on display, but even in that department, this movie falls flat on its face. Acting is largely bad except for the very few that delivered noteworthy performances.

There were distasteful scenes that made me wonder what the director or even editor had in mind. I mean, it doesn’t matter if this is a comedy, it is still essentially a story being told and this one had interesting implications. The way it went about the events that could have made a difference left a lot to be desired. We had – the football players (Past and future), the ancient city, the spirituality or lack thereof, the humanity. A lot of these got lost on the altar of nonchalance or maybe a lack of belief.

‘Prophetess’ is funny, sometimes; while at other times it is just pure thrash. We can forgive the movie for that if it didn’t dilly-dally for way too long. This is the kind of movie you watch and you say, “They should have just stuck to the script.” Well, If only the script was any better.

Just maybe this was the time for this film, so we’ll see lesser half-baked works in the nearest future. Humor me, please. Disappointed.

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THE WAIT MOVIE REVIEW

By Jumande Raji

Sensitive and Beautiful

DIRECTED BY YEMI FILMBOY MORAFA

CAST: NSE IKPE ETIM, DEYEMI OKANLAWON, INI DIMA OKOJIE, JIMMY ODUKOYA, MEG OTANWA, CHIMEZIE, KATE HENSHAW, JOKE SILVER, and others.

This movie was deep and interesting. The central idea was the challenges women face when looking for a child after being married for some time. It is a very sensitive issue that a lot of people shy away from talking about and it was told so beautifully, using different peoples stories and experiences that made the movie quite deep and interesting. One of the most interesting things for me was that this movie cuts across so many experiences that both men and women have gone through while waiting for their baby.

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I need to commend the casting for this movie, the caliber of actors were not just popular faces but people that could really depict their characters and make us feel what they were feeling. This is one of the few Nollywood movies that I have watched in recent times, which brought me close to tears. The lead and supporting actors (who basically led as well) were perfectly cast. There was also a religious side to it which was carefully put in but didn’t overshadow everything.

The transition between past and present was so beautiful and fluid in Nara’s scene, I almost clapped. It was beautiful cinematography and I loved the creativity of the whole scene. However, in one of the first introductions of Chimezie Imo’s character where he was in a haste and panicking, he made the sign of the cross the wrong way and that didn’t sit well with me, a little more research there would have made a world of difference to me.

The sound for the most part of the movie sounded detached like it was dubbed over. There was a clear disparity between the scene and the voice-over added, you could tell it was not done at the same time, or if it was, there was something really wrong there. The picture was good though and I did not really experience any glitches in that regard. The set choices were also good, not too many but with enough variety to be appealing to the eye.

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The subtitles came in a bit late in the places where they spoke in a different dialect, so for those of us who did not understand the language, it was a bit hard to follow at those points. That and the sound served as a huge distraction to the telling and following of the beautiful story.

I liked the fact that they gave every character a sort of resolution as well, not necessarily happy endings all round, but something to let you know where the character had gotten to at the point the movie ended. Most movies that have soo many stories being told, often forget to tie off many ends of people’s stories and we did not experience that here.

So kudos to the cast and crew of “The Wait” it is definitely a movie I would not mind watching more than a few times.

Happy Father’s Day to Nollywood Dad Characters

It’s another Father’s Day, the only day fathers all over the world are celebrated and appreciated for their hard work and for being good, generous and or just plain great at being a Dad.

There are messages everywhere already to the many Dads, while some are directed to deadbeat dads, irresponsible dads and runaway fathers, others are for the amazing, caring, loving, kind, present and awesome ones. Here at Bonggis, we created a list of the coolest character Dads in Nollywood. The list is in no particular order. So Leggo!

1) Taiwo Obileye- Chief Daddy: Nothing beats having a billionaire father who even after 2 or 3 wives and a few concubines still finds a way to gifts everyone something after his passing. Talk about a Dad that knows you must live largely. How cool does it get?

2) Patrick Doyle- Isoken: I’m sure we all love that Dad that loves, especially when it has to do with his daughter. That’s how Papa Isoken never seizes the opportunity to side with his baby girl even when his wife vehemently opposed her marrying a white dude. Awww, Daddy even drove her to go get her man and all, how romantic right? But wait o, can this happen in Naija?

3) RMD- Namaste Wahala: Having a serious Dad can be a bummer, especially one that already picked out your career path right from when you were still in diapers. A successful lawyer, Ernest didn’t usually see eye to eye with his daughter mainly because she decided to do charity work instead of working for the family firm and making loads of money. But when some people insulted and wanted to ruin his little girl, the Lion-natured and protective Dad appeared. No matter what,   Dads like these love their kids like kilode?

4) Ali Baba- Wedding Party: Have you ever visited a friend and you instantly fall in “like” with his/her Dad? Some Fathers just know how to be the life of the party, always in a happy and jolly mood. That’s how Engr. Bamidele Coker despite being broke, borrowed a huge sum to sponsor his daughter’s wedding and on top of that, he set the dance floor on fire, yeah, Daddy brought it. Dads don’t get any cooler than that.

5) Patrick Otoro- Halita: It’s an open secret that not all fathers are not rich, but despite being very poor, Dabot made sure to shower his daughter with Love, Care and to teach her Humility and Kindness. A Dad you can play with, gist and gossip with and go to the farm with, that’s a cool one. When you have a father who works hard and tries his best to provide for you, then you realise that money is not everything.

Entertainment Gist

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, things are gradually getting back to near normal and social life has picked up again. The Nigerian entertainment scene is back and things are bubbling already. So here are some of the gist in the movie industry for the month of May, 2021.

  1. Toyin Abarham has decided to tow the “Jenifa Way” as she makes plans to make “Yetunde” a regular on our screens. The Ace producer and actress announced that she’s launching more adventures of Yetunde, thus, the sitcom, the Chronicles of Alakada will start airing soon. The actress confirmed this in a video where she promised exciting stories. (Check @chroniclesofalakada on IG for the video)
  • Regina Daniels joins the list of actors turned producers as she debuts a social justice-themed short film series. Yeah, you didn’t see that coming right? The first film of the new series is titled Smile for the Camera. It tells the story of a young pregnant wife who’s constantly abused by her spouse but manages to keep up appearances on social media to show that all is well with her marriage. Regina says the short film initiative is to “use visual storytelling to awaken the society to the harmful norms that encourage oppression and marginalization of the vulnerable.”  The series will be released under her Regina Entertainment TV production company.
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  • Have you seen the trailer for the new Tunde Kelani movie- Ayinla? If you haven’t then you better. Trust uncle Tunde to give us nothing but the best, now we can’t wait to watch the film. The star-studded biopic is set to debut in cinemas on June 18, 2021. Produced by Jade Osiberu, Tunde Kelani lent his directing skills to this one to make it a masterpiece. Ayinla stars the like of Bimbo Manuel, Kunle Afolayan, Lateef Adedimeji, Bimbo Ademoye, Omowunmi Dada and Ade Laoye. Check out the trailer here.

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