Is there anything that Linda Ikeji TV hasn’t done? At the moment, I’m losing track of its soon-to-be-aired content and that’s necessarily not a bad thing. We are getting prepared. Annabel: My Life As A Former Stripper, the latest reality television in LITV’s expanding library, is hewed towards titillation and based on the life of Annabel Idi as a former stripper in Lagos.
Its press cycle has begun with a teaser released on Monday, showing the titular Annabel in a vacant dim club and languidly moving around a stripper pole. But at the end, there’s a small regret that seeps into the narrarive. For its psychological observations, Annabel: My Life As A Former Stripper vaguely tries to make a distinction between past and present Annabel, with a propensity to demonize her seemingly self-degrading choice. There seems to even be a suggested reenactment of intimate partner violence and a redemption arc that includes Annable discovering religion inside what looks like a Redeemed Christian Church Of God building. Nollywood in exclesis.
We haven’t seen anything this salacious since AfroCandy and her adult films, and I reckon the sexual imagery in the show will be toned down to fit the broad cable market. You can watch the teaser below.
I know without any doubt that none of you have seen a content like this on Nigerian TV. This is a reality show starring a former Nigerian stripper named Annabel Odi. She was stripping at Lagos clubs until one faithful day she walked into our LIM Lekki office. Her story will leave you feeling a little sad and overwhelmed. Creative director and executive producer is @officiallindaikeji while @valobil and Anthonia co-produced. Watch the first promo clip of ‘Annabel: My Life As A Former Nigerian Stripper’ coming soon exclusively on Linda Ikeji TV on cable and online.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.