If you haven’t heard of the forthcoming show Shagayas and Clarks, then I won’t join those who say insensitive stuff like then you must be living under a rock! Or maybe you have been living under a rock (I won’t question your lived experiences). The truth is, the showrunners and the writing staff have been considerably tight-lipped, swearing an oath tmo maintain silence like those guys in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Currently, Shagayas and Clarks is in post-production, one of the show’s writers Ozioma Nwughala informs me via e-mail, and other writers include Francis Okeke and Julie Ako. And…wait for it…the show is coming to Netflix! Netflix ya know. For me, learning about Shagayas and Clarks was completely accidental. I had wandered into Instagram, mindlessly looking for brief entertainment and then, I’m on the show’s dedicated Instagram watching a clip repeatedly.
To be fair, I liked what I saw. Shagayas and Clarks is a spin-off of Funke Fayoyin’s The Visit, which was released in 2015 and has now been expanded and tweaked. The original story had a four-cast ensemble of Nse Ikpe Etim, Femi Jacobs, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Bayray McNwizu, and while The Visit was shot in Nigeria, Shagayas and Clarks takes flight in the US.
The film had focused on the life of two couples with different lifestyles living in the same apartment block, and how they handle conflict when their lifestyles collide. The series Shagayas and Clarks shares the same narrative beat, with embellishments here and there and yessssss, Nse Ikpe Etim is the only cast member reprising her role and I already feel blessed. Come through, Nse!
Joining her are Emmanuel Ikubese, who will now play her husband, and Skinny Girl in Transit darling Ayoola Ayolola and Tamara Eteimo, whose marital lives on the show are stiffened by rules. Ayoola is definitely talented, and I can’t remember if I have ever anticipated the release of a Nigerian series before. I’d know if it’s been worth the wait whenever it comes to Netflix.