Bolanle Austen-Peters’ directorial debut, The Bling Lagosians, has been talked about since last year. What we knew then was that the movie was going for star power – it features everyone in Nollywood and their grandmas – and pivots around the polished, luxurious lives of the upper class in Lagos. Of course, not without some rancour. More and more, parties are the props on which Nollywood movies take some hold – The Wedding Party, Chief Daddy – and The Bling Lagosians is no exception.
”My party must be unrivalled in the land of Eko partydom.” Elvina Ibru‘s character says, with a brag. It’s an expensive brag, dipped in the materialism and opulence we would soon see as the teaser opens with a lavish party. Guests arrive in Roll Royces and gleaming, expensive clothes. We see Lagos through the glossy lens of the nauseatingly rich. In the background, Niniola’s just-released song Designer plays. How fitting.
The Bling Lagosians tells the story of a powerful Lagos socialite who prepares for her flamboyant party while her husband fights to prevent foreclosure of their family company for billions of unpaid loans. Nothing original about that, if you ask me. That said, the teaser offers glimpses into possible subplots in the movie. For example, Bisola Aiyeola and Ayo Ayoola making out in a scene after looking at each other at the aforementioned party.
Alex Ekubo, Sharon Ooja, Osas Ighodaro, Toyin Abraham, Jimmy Odukoya, Tana Adelana are just a few of the movie’s cast members. I was serious when I said the cast comprised of everyone and their grandmas. I won’t say anything about the movie until there’s a trailer. This is because we have seen movies like this before (I can still hear Falz’s English accent from Chief Daddy in my ear canal), and won’t it be great if The Bling Lagosians turns out to be a movie with strong performances? Do comedies make Nollywood actors lazy? (RAAHHH! remind me to write about this).
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.