Black Is King review, The women of Nollywood – the best Nigerian articles of the week

Black is King

Each week here at YNaija, we round up the best Nigerian writing on the internet, highlighting the stories, profiles, interviews and in-depth reporting that rise above the daily churn.

Here are the ones that caught our attention:

The law doesn’t protect, Nigerian women do – Tami Makinde

Last weekend, we all witnessed in real time how members of the STER community and well-known feminists like Kiki Mordi were constantly attacked for their involvement in the very high-profile case against D’banj and Seyitan Babatayo. In the past months, we’ve watched the case develop online from Seyitan herself taking legal action against D’Banj, with the continuing support of STER and legal representation from Mrs. Akeredolu (SAN) to being closed through what STER report to be “a private non-monetary agreement”.

The women of Nollywood are fighting misogyny, telling stories and making giant strides – Dika Ufoma

Amaka Igwe passed on in 2014. Being the first foremost Nigerian female filmmaker, female filmmakers after her are considered as riding on her shoulders. Since her death, Nollywood has witnessed an influx of female filmmakers. And just like her and those who came before them, they’ve taken the bull by the horns and are making giant strides in Nigerian film.

The weight of love – Chika Unigwe 

Diana was a name, on days when my mother stayed up all night, that had me learning the proper way to eat with a fork and a knife, to sip tea without slurping, to yawn without appearing to, the hundreds of rules my mother insisted I practised until I perfected them or keeled over from exhaustion.

Black is King is a celebration of African tradition – Franklin Ugobude 

In the film, we are shown scenes from various locations, all with some form of aesthetic pleasure. Whether it’s the scene where NYSC students are dancing in “Keys to the Kingdom”, or the black debutante ball in “Brown Skin Girl,” or even the synchronised black swimmers in “Mood 4 Eva,” the scenes attempt to be relatable in some cases or fall within the black utopia fantasy it attempts to depict right from the beginning.

Curling: Another sub-zero sport hopes to thrive in Africa – Tolu Olasoji

In curling, a team is made up of four players: lead, second, vice and skip. They throw stones in that order. Woods is basically the head of information and strategy. He steers the Broomzilla based on information he’s equipped with regarding his other three players. He also concerns himself with the state of any ice surface they play on. The level of slope and how slippery it is, amongst others, matters.


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