Monthly Archives: March 2014

Nollywood Movies, A Long Term Love Affair

“Nollywood is the Nigerian film industry which grew quickly in the 1990s and 2000s to become the second largest film industry in the world in number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the United States and behind only Indian cinema.The Nigerian film industry is worth NG₦522 billion (US$3.5 billion) as at 2008” (Google)

An interesting fact “One of the first Nigerian movies to reach international renown was the 2003 release Osuofia in London, starring Nkem Owoh, the Nigerian comedic actor.”

The general consensus is that Nollywood as a movie industry “officially” started in 1992 with a film titled “Living in Bondage” by Kenneth Nnebue. This is agreed to be the “official” start as this was the first film that was on video cassette that was widely distributed. There were Nigerian films long before this, only they were not on video cassette. If you want a good bit of history, check out this article

The name “Nollywood” according to the African Courier started out as a derogatory term. “The name Nollywood actually came into existence in 1995 when some Americans looked at what we were producing and concluded that it was trash. You see, with what we did, they became afraid and threatened that their own movie industry was going to collapse. It was clear to the world that anybody could actually tell all these big-budget stories by using mere hand-held cameras. Therefore, those leading names in the big theatre and film equipment, production and marketing businesses became jittery that, if this local home video industry in Nigeria should continue, it would kill the big-budget film industry that was sustaining them. So, just like they have been doing to anything that comes out of Africa, they concluded that the emerging home video industry in Nigeria was nothing, not like Hollywood.” Oguejiofor continued: “So Nollywood stands for ‘Nothing’. It is an acronym for ‘Nothing Wood’. It was actually meant to be derogatory and uncomplimentary. But we decided to claim that nothingness and push it, and today they are wondering how nothing has suddenly turned out to become something that is colonising the entire world.”
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Nollywood films are definitely a staple for Nigerians, Africans and the world alike. I don’t think I have come across a Nigerian household that doesn’t watch Nigerian films even if not very often. I think many hold a love relationship with Nollywood while some hold a hate relationship with it. Nigerian films are in fact world famous. I’m sure you will agree that there are people you don’t expect to watch them that do, and thoroughly enjoy them. I think Nollywood is something for Nigerians and Africans alike to be proud of. The amount of films that are produced on a weekly basis far outweighs any other film market we know.

The Nollywood films most will come across are Igbo films as these are the ones that tend to be made in the English language.

My earliest memory of watching a Nigerian movie is watching a Yoruba movie at about 4/5 years old that was titled “Bukola Omo Daddy”. The only actor I can remember that was in the film is Mr Jide Kosoko. It had two parts though I never got to watch the second part. I remember watching this with my mum on more than one occasion. The story as I can vaguely remember it was a loose Romeo and Juliet story though the details are very sketchy in my mind.

My favourite Nollywood films at present (there are several) are Jenifa, Madam Dearest and Abeni.

Jenifa because this was such a funny film that was different to anything we had seen for a long while. I will admit there were a few scenes I skipped (the ritual bits) as I can scare easily and those were a bit too much for me, apart from that, it was hilarious from the start to the end. It involves a village girl who leaves her local village area for the more exciting University shores in Lagos. Unfortunately, her parents don’t provide her with any means to live and eat so she takes matters into her own hands.

the reason I like this film is because the quality of the film and the way the film is put together. It just exudes quality. It is a film that makes me proud of where the Nigerian film industry has come from. It is about childhood friends, Abeni and Akanni who are from different social backgrounds. Their differences in culture causes them to lose touch and later become reconnected as adults. Only Akanni is engaged to be married to someone else.
If you are interested in watching it, part one is here –

Madam Dearest
Madam Dearest is a film I loved because the story line was actually well thought through and there was a high standard of acting and production. A married couple who have no children live together as normal. The husband goes out one day and gets drunk. On his way home, he stops to help someone who has been hit by a car. In his drunken state, he takes the patient to the hospital, unaware he died in his car. The story unfolds from there.

Until Next Time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl

Letter To My Childhood Sweetheart

This is a letter to my childhood sweetheart. Read it to the end , I’m sure you’ll really like it.


Letter To My Childhood Sweetheart

It was great seeing you today, after not seeing you for ages. It was amazing how you had changed , you looked older but you still looked youthful at the same time, I guess it’s a little hard to describe. I felt ashamed that you saw me the way I was, but you were never judgemental.
I saw you walking down the street with a really pretty girl. You always had loads of friends even before we became friends.

We’ve known each other as long as I can remember. My mum and dad knew your dad for a long time so we automatically became friends.
You were my first and best play mate. We would spend hours playing in the streets , riding bikes and knocking doors. Mum and dad let you sleep over so many times, it was almost as if you lived with us. The sleepovers used to be so much fun. We would stay up all night telling stories and making each other laugh until our little tummies hurt. I thought we would be together forever. It was my new friends that came between us. It’s sad now I think about it. You wanted me to stay away from them, but I didnt want to hear any of it.

Eventually, we just grew apart. We never spent time together anymore, I always cancelled on you last minute to do something else. The little time we did spend together was rushed and insincere on my part. I was a terrible friend. I knew you still really wanted to speak to me and see me, but I just didnt have the time anymore. I guess you wanted the old me back. Looking back, I guess I felt a bit guilty for treating you so badly was why I couldn’t admit I was wrong.

I still always invited you to family functions because it would have been weird you not being there. You were always at my birthday parties, at Christmas parties, family BBQ’s and any other mundane family function. I guess you were like family to me. It did become more and more awkward though because all we would say was hi and bye. I could see in your eyes you wanted to say so much more but you never forced it. It was as if you were waiting on me to make up my mind.

Church was your favourite. You made me love church and Sunday school. You always knew all the answers and you never wanted to go home. I guess because your dad was in charge of everything was why you loved going so much.

I really regret how I treated you and seeing you brought back all the old feelings. All you ever wanted was to love me. You wanted to soothe away the stress of my day and whisper sweet nothings in my ears. But I never had the time.

I realise now that I have always loved you. From the first time we played outside together, I knew I would always love you. You were and will always be my childhood sweetheart.

You know about my husband, my kids and my job. I don’t know how my husband might feel about it but I guess I have to be true to my heart, whatever happens. Jesus Christ, lover of my soul, my childhood sweetheart, can we pick up from where we left off?

Yours Truly,

A old friend that really misses you

Hope you guys enjoyed that. The idea for this short letter came because I realise a lot of christians have known or known about Jesus for ages but have only developed meaningful relationships with him as they have grown up, a bit like a childhood sweetheart. Hope you enjoyed this. Let me know what you thought of it.


Until next time
Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl

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