Category: Specials

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Edwin OkoloDecember 8, 2018

With “Dead Lions Don’t Roar”, Tolu Akinyemi opts for relatable simplicity

Poetry can be likened to spades, whose ability to dig deep and unearth largely depends on who is handling it. ...

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Wilfred OkicheNovember 11, 2018

Theatre Review: Our Son the Minister is the story of all of us

In 2016, the Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, founded by Bikiya Graham-Douglas, launched the Beeta Playwright Competition to give a voice ...

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Otaigbe EwoigbokhanNovember 7, 2018

King of Boys: An unvarnished look into the seedy underbelly of the Lagos elite

Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys is a coming of age film and a departure from the mundane theme of comedy ...

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 29, 2018

Film Review: ‘King of Boys’ is everything and nothing you expect

Director Kemi Adetiba is one of Nigeria’s experimental auteurs. That much was made clear from the scene that played out at ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 27, 2018

Odunlade Adekola’s The Vendor is barely salvaged by a few laughs

Meme king Odunlade Adekola takes his lowbrow shtick to the big screen with The Vendor, a ribald screwball tale of ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 26, 2018

‘From Lagos With Love’ had so much material but played out as cheap melodrama

There is no shortage of films- Nollywood, Hollywood and beyond- that trace the dramatic unravelling of the family, nuclear or ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 24, 2018

Concert Review: A splendid night with Femi Kuti

After about two months on the road touring Europe and the Americas, Afrobeat’s first son, Femi Kuti and his Positive ...

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Wilfred OkicheAugust 29, 2018

Fighting Corruption is Dangerous is an interesting retelling of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s legacy

2018 173 pages MIT Press According to Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the global average tenure ...

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Wilfred OkicheAugust 20, 2018

Omoni Oboli has done her best work yet on ‘Moms at War’

In Moms at War, the latest collaboration between FilmOne and inkblot productions, box office magnet Omoni Oboli rejoins the team, ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 18, 2018

Film Review: Alexandra is a near sterile immigrant hustle story

The Nollywood-diaspora collaborations are pretty much a staple of the film industry. In the last decade, they have become so ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 17, 2018

Concert Review: Becoming FalzTheBahdGuy was solid but Falz hasn’t quite arrived yet

On the creative level, Falz’s entire career so far has gone through the three major stages; the climb, the peak ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 19, 2018

Review: Eniola Badmus gives us Ghetto bred, another Nollywood Rom-com nobody asked for

Enola Badmus has Funke Akindele-Bello to thank for her career. Or at least for her star making appearance in the ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 6, 2018

Film Review: Moses Inwang’s Crazy People is clumsy, but redeemable

Director Moses Inwang is steadily building a profile as the definitive chronicler of the mental health issues that afflict Nigerians. ...

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EditorMay 30, 2018

The Nokia 1 brings the durability and accessibility we’ve come to expect of Nigeria’s most loved brand

Unless you live under a rock, then you know about the enduring love affair Nigeria has with the Nokia phone ...

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Wilfred OkicheMay 23, 2018

See The Ghost and the Tout, but only at your own risk

Emboldened by the financial success of Alakada Reloaded from last year, actress/producer, Toyin Abraham has reteamed with FilmOne for another ...

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Wilfred OkicheMay 12, 2018

Book Review: Bolaji Abdullahi’s On a Platter of Gold shows a surprising side of Jonathan

The Goodluck Jonathan Presidency is sure to go down as one of the most eventful periods of Nigerian history. Surprising, ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 16, 2018

Review: The Eve is too lightweight to matter, but it is fun

Like the title clearly states, it is the day before a wedding. A union between a spoiled rich kid, Yewande ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 7, 2018

Film Review: New Money is awkward, clumsy

Some would argue that if ever there was such a thing as the Nigerian Dream, unmerited favour would come closest ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 2, 2018

Brymo, Wizkid, Efya…The 10 best performances at Gidi Culture Fest 2018

The biggest news coming out of this year’s Gidi Culture Fest is sure to be the utter lack of time ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 25, 2018

Film Review: Mummy Dearest – The Wedding is the sequel you didn’t ask for

Willie Ikedum’s first feature, Mummy Dearest released in 2015 is notable mostly for handing a plum role to Liz Ameye, ...

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EditorMarch 16, 2018

Long Read: In its fifth year, the Lagos Theatre Festival discovers women

The opening act for the fifth season of the Lagos Theatre Festival which ran from 27, February to 4, March ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 12, 2018

Film Review: Disguise is so bad, you will want your time (and money) back

What do men want? What do women want? These two, seemingly innocuous questions have bothered the great thinkers for the ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 6, 2018

LTF2018: August Meeting is both history lesson and timely call to action

In 1929, during colonial era Nigeria, a group of women, fearing that a head count of lives and property in ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 26, 2018

Review: “Memoirs of 4” is deathly dull

It is hard to understand what the makers of Memoirs of 4 were reaching for when they came together to ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 23, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: ‘Beyond Nollywood’ and the challenge of inclusion

At this point in its evolution, the Nollywood aesthetic is pretty much defined. Extremely low budgets and limited technical know-how ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 13, 2018

Film Review: The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is every Lagosian IJGB fantasy come to life

Let us just get it out of the way. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, the latest project from EbonyLife films is ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 12, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: The Shape of Water should win everything

Among his many sins, Harvey Weinstein is to be blamed for turning awards season into a marketing frenzy where victory ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 8, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: I, Tonya is Margot Robbie’s Tour De Force

The rise and fall of Tonya Harding, the gifted American figure skater and would be contender who squandered two chances ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 6, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: Mean streets; Wilfred Okiche reviews Respeto

  In Alberto Monteras II’s Respeto, a gritty, realistic examination of the complex relationship between hip hop culture and inner ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 4, 2018

#Rotterdam2018: I, Tonya is buoyed by its careful explorations of complexities of victimhood

The rise and fall of Tonya Harding, the gifted American figure skater and would be contender who squandered two chances ...

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