by Bee Azubuike
Kajola may be a movie, while Dipp is into music-making, but the two have something in common – the word ‘fast-forward’. Apparently, there’s a striking similarity between Kajola’s theme ‘TOMORROW IS TODAY’, and Dipp’s still-in-the-works album title’ THE FUTURE IS NOW’.
Needless to say, both are a peek into the future. Dipp who had a laudable debut in 2008 with Dangerous [Ft. MI], didn’t do quite as impressively with his sophomore attempt Kosomrombe; the shift from vibey and energetic to Usher-type ballad fell flat. The result being severely mellow… almost only a whisper. He seems ready to correct that though, with his newest release Pop Off Selecta, a Matrix-type video
On the other hand, with Kajola, you’d have thought with a N130million budget and months of production time [post-production alone guzzled 13 months!], nothing could possibly go wrong. But a whole lot did. The first futuristic Nigerian movie – set in the year 2059 – only lasted a few days subsequent to its release before getting pulled off the cinemas. Reason? A flood of viewer complaints about the special effects Ouch! I mean, Nollywood movies are in most cases far from bearable, so to get pulled off, you must really be a disaster.
Needless to say, if our music and movie industries had a face-off, with these two as envoys, its clear who’d win.., on second thought, our music videos always seem better. Question is, if an enormous budget, ample time, and Computer Generated images [CGI] couldn’t save Nollywood, what can?