Category: Reviews

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Adaora NnadiAugust 6, 2019

Adora Nnadi reviews Jacqueline Agweh’s A Pelican of the Wilderness

Editors Note:  When Enajite Efemuaye, editor of Farafina Books heralds someone as the next big revelation in wordcraft; you drop ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 28, 2019

Theatre Review: Forget Game of Thrones, Jagagba is the real deal

The winning play of the second edition of the Bikiya Graham-Douglas run Beeta Universal Arts Foundation playwright competition was staged ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 24, 2019

Film Review: Kunle Afolayan’s Mokalik isn’t quite a return to form

He may not know it, but Kunle Afolayan has been in need of artistic redemption since he followed up the ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 15, 2019

Film Review: Makate must sell will waste your time, and test your last nerve

Forget the colorful marketing, the glossy rom-com ad-spin and the parade of comic heavy hitters, there is almost nothing redeemable ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 13, 2019

Film Review: In Katung Aduwak’s Heaven’s Hell, the rich also cry

If you scored a thousand Naira for every time the f… word was uttered in Heaven’s Hell, the long gestating ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 12, 2019

Film Review: Chico Ejiro’s Night bus to Lagos is going nowhere

There was a period between the late nineties and early aughts when Chico Ejiro was easily the most influential figure ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 3, 2019

Film Review: Knockout wants to make you laugh. What’s wrong with that?

It is hard to recall considering today’s fragmented media space but there was a time when Wale Adenuga Productions was ...

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EditorJune 2, 2019

The Abuja Literary and Arts Festival (ALITFEST) is back this July

The Abuja Literary Society (ALS) is proud to announce the second edition of its literary festival, the Abuja Literary and ...

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Alli-Bob CinwonJune 2, 2019

Katung Aduwak’s Heaven Hell succeed in breathing new life into the sex scandal?

If you scored a thousand Naira for every time the f… word was uttered in Heaven’s Hell, the long gestating ...

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Wilfred OkicheMay 27, 2019

Film Review: Tade Ogidan mastered video, but Gold Statue shows he is yet to find his cinematic voice

When it comes to Nollywood movies, the name Tade Ogidan is about as iconic as it gets. Since he put ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 22, 2019

Film Review: Nimbe assaults you with overt moral lessons, but isn’t that all of Nollywood

The protagonist for which Nimbe: The movie is named after is a high school student growing up somewhere in southwest ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 21, 2019

Film Review: Isn’t Nollywood tired of derivative films like ‘Zero Hour’?

Forget everything you saw in Lionheart. When in Nollywood, a young man returns from the United States of America to ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 20, 2019

Film Review: 4TH Republic is an explosive ride through political Nigeria

Art imitates life in 4th Republic, the twisty political thriller directed by Ishaya Bako and truth is, no fiction is ...

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Wilfred OkicheApril 1, 2019

Film Review: See The Big Fat Lie only at your own risk

Another day another insipid Nollywood comedy. And how we’ve come to dread them. This time around Darasen Richards directs Rita ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 25, 2019

Film review: Mr President doesn’t take itself seriously. You shouldn’t either

No better time than election season to usher in a parody of actual political happenings. Mr President (The Controversial Election) ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 21, 2019

Film Review: Being Annabel should have gone straight to video

Identical twins have been a mainstay of film culture for so long that stories involving look alikes and mistaken identity ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 10, 2019

Film Review: Void is a surprising psychological drama

In Void, the new psychological drama produced by actor Frederick Leonard and directed by Eneaji Chris, troubling signs arrive early ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 17, 2019

#Berlinale2019: Of fathers and their sons: Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival as part of its Berlinale ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 16, 2019

#Berlinale2019: Books, lies and videotape- Review of The Plagiarist

Director Peter Parlow attempts a deep dive into the creative mind, trying out a series of ideas before settling on ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 15, 2019

#Berlinale2019: Sex and the City: A review of Tamer Jandali’s Easy Love

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival as part of its Berlinale ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 14, 2019

#IFFR2019Review: Rosamund Pike is terrific in A Private War

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam as part of its ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 6, 2019

#IFFR2019: Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki is vivid and technically accomplished

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is sending dispatches from ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 5, 2019

#IFFR2019Review: Fear and loathing in Ulaa Salim’s Sons of Denmark

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is sending dispatches from ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 31, 2019

#IFFR2019Review: Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum is a triumph

Editor’s Note:  Our in-house critic, Wilfred Okiche, was invited to the International Film Festival Rotterdam and is sending dispatches from ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 24, 2019

Review: Woli Arole takes on Nollywood with ‘The Call’; He doesn’t succeed

For Hollywood’s latest remake of A Star is Born, the titular character, Ally, played by pop star, Lady Gaga has ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 23, 2019

Review: Enyinna Nwigwe and Bimbo Akintola in dull, nondescript Baby Steps

Enyinna Nwigwe headlines this dramatic comedy about a chronic bachelor whose playboy lifestyle is jolted into reset mode when he ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 22, 2019

Profile: How Genevieve Nnaji became Queen of Nollywood (again)

In December 2018, two decades after starting out with a bit part in the crime drama, Most Wanted, Genevieve Nnaji ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 16, 2019

Review: Knock Out Blessing delivers more hits than misses

The prodigious Dare Olaitan announced his arrival in audacious form with the 2017 crime drama Ojukokoro (Greed). A welcome breath ...

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EditorJanuary 15, 2019

Review: Up North is big, beautiful and bland

Geography was big in Nollywood in 2018 with films like Lionheart, King of Boys and Kasala looking within to reflect ...

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Wilfred OkicheDecember 26, 2018

Film Review: Lionheart is the feel-good movie of the year and everyone should see it

Genevieve Nnaji isn’t a fan of the division of the film industry into old and new Nollywood. These boxes and ...

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