Dipp vs Kajola: When ‘music’ speaks louder than film

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?

It would’ve been nice to ignore that production’s already been wrapped up, and simply hope that the Kajola crew would do a better job in the future… it is after all a futuristic movie.

One comment

  1. Good observations. I saw the trailer for Kajola last year and was optimistic. I Even went so far as to recommend it because I knew someone who worked on the post production. To my horror it was a mega flop and has really set back the Nigerian creativive community. Also it should be noted that, that movie did not cost 130 million, who are the producers lying to. I hope they hav learnt their lesson and come out with something more fruitful.

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