#Nollywood Movie Review: Love or Something like That

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Kwaaley (Jocelyn Dumas), a newly married medical doctor, finds out she is HIV positive and tells her husband, Alex (John Dumelo).  The ensuing resentment becomes a spanner in the wheel of their otherwise happy union.

Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract, Devil in the Detail) returns with another love story, which tells a tale that is similar to Tango with Me.  In both films, the men find it difficult to make love to their wives.  In Tango with Me, the lady is raped in her husband’s presence while in Love or Something like That, the man resents the wife when she tests positive to HIV.  Incidentally, she was also raped by her lover.  In Tango with Me, the man begins to have an affair while in Love or Something like That, the woman goes back to her former lover.  In the end, the men blame themselves for not keeping to their marital vows to love their wives through thick and thin.

Asantua (Nana Mensah), though vulgar, provides comic relief in the film and surprisingly offers her friend, Kwaaley, good advice.  When Kwaaley complains that Alex is mad at her, Asantua observes that he is rather mad at the situation, urging her friend to give it time.  She equally tells Kwaaley that Alex still loves her, but is only more human than her lover, Henry.  When Kwaaley furthers wonders what will become of her whole life: husband, career, children, Asantua assures her that everything will come full circle.  She says that to imply that everything will come to fruition.  When Kwaaley says she loathes Henry for wrecking her life, Asantua assures her that Henry probably hates himself more, urging Kwaaley to forgive him.

Sonia (Christabel Eke) is a very knowledgeable woman, who seems to have a mind of her own, but really doesn’t.  It is curious if people like her truly exist.  Given her heart-to-hearts with Alex, it is astonishing to see her trying to derail Alex’s marriage.  She sensibly asks Alex how fair it is to abandon one’s dreams to pursue someone else’s; which, for her, is what marriage does to people.  She states that she is afraid of marriage owing to its numerous demands; but as it turns out, her action is one of the problems, bedevilling marriage.

Kwaaley fails her medical profession and humanity by putting another person at risk when she could have confirmed her suspicion and let Alex know what he was going into.  On the other hand, it takes a negative HIV result for Alex to have a discussion with his wife after a period of barely talking to each other.  It is very easy to guess that he would have reacted aggressively if the result had gone the other way.  Where, then, is empathy?

The man who played a mirror character in Devil in the Detail plays a similar role in Love or Something like That, giving a feeling of déjà vu.  He offers the same kind of advice, the same way.

There are inconsistencies in the film.  Why is Kwaaley shocked when Henry Dominic (O. C. Ukeje) walks into her consulting room whilst his file is the topmost one on her table?  Does it mean she never knew her former lover’s surname?

Kwaaley serves her husband breakfast and initiates a conversation on the most sensitive issue in their lives.  Of course, that was never going to end well.  She should have allowed him to eat before raising the matter.  Timing is of the essence when people want to discuss delicate matters and Kwaaley is supposed to know this.

How unscientific it is for Alex to wash his penis vigorously after sexual contact with his wife.  Though he is not a scientist, he is educated all the same and should know better.  Why is Sonia’s hair-do almost the same throughout the film in a motion picture that spans a couple of months?

Alex talks about a lifetime of protective sex.  Did he mean to say protected sex?

The story in Love or Something like That is built on a faulty premise because today, many churches demand recent HIV test results before joining couples in matrimony.  Therefore, a contemporary story of an HIV positive patient who discovers her status after her wedding is far-fetched.

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Banks To Deny 14.6Million Customers Banking Service From July 1, Find Out Why

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As from Wednesday July 1, 2015, Deposit Money Banks, nationwide may start denying about 14.6 million customers access to banking services.

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This, according to the Bankers’ Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was attributed to their inability to comply with the obtaining of the compulsory Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs).

The BVN initiative which started in February 2014, mandates all customers to do biometric registration and obtain BVN; a unique number for proper identification.

According to the Punch, statistics from the Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access shows about 28.6 million adults in the country have bank accounts.

The Bankers’ committee further divulged that the exercise, which formally closes on Tuesday, June 30, has registered 14 million customers as at June 11, 2015.

These figures imply that about 14.6 million bank customers are yet to obtain BVNs.

Statistical analysis from the Electronic Payment Providers Association of Nigeria also indicates that the number of bank account holders – individuals, including children, and organisations – has reached 76 million in contrast to the official population of 170 million people in the country.

The Managing Director, United Bank for Africa Plc, Phillips Oduoza said: “We also discussed the electronic banking space. In the area of BVN, we have done 12.5 million customers and this is a substantial mileage. There is still a need to close the gap before the deadline of June 30 and any customer that hasn’t done so will not enjoy banking services.’’

It was learnt that customers nationwide now engage in last-minute rush to register for BVN before the deadline looms.

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“Audiences should look out for Mrs. and Mrs. Johnson” – Grace Edwin-Okon

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Grace Edwin-Okon wears many creative caps as screenwriter, published author, film producer and actress.  After placing third at the 1999 Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), she got a role in Zeb Ejiro’s Candlelight and has remained in the movie industry.

 

She recently started The Derwin First Shot Initiative (DFSI) through which she encourages up-and-coming film-makers, who lack funds to execute their first feature film projects.  In fact, the first film by the initiative, Mrs. and Mrs. Johnson has been shot.

 

The amiable young lady, who also starred in Doctors’ Quarters, an MNET TV Series, takes us through her journey in the world of make believe and her goals for the future.

 

  1. Could you tell us about your education: the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions attended plus qualifications obtained at the tertiary level (undergraduate and/or post-graduate)?

 

I started my education at Lara Day Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos and attended three secondary schools, namely: the Federal Government Girls College, Bauchi; Adebayo Mokuolu College, Ogba, Lagos and Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State.  For my tertiary education, I attended the Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, where I obtained a BA (Hons.) in the English Language.  I recently attended a business school called Water Mark Academy here in Lagos.

  1. How did you start out as an actress and what is the title of the film you first participated in?  Could you list other films you featured in when you set out as an actress?  Do you still act?

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Back in 1999 after I placed third in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant (MBGN); I followed two of my friends, Tina Iruviere and Ayo Makun, to Zeb Ejiro’s office, where Tina had been invited to try out a role and Zeb needed someone to read with Tina. I was given a script and I read with her; that was the first time I saw a movie script. I guess my reading impressed Zeb Ejiro, so he proceeded to give me my first role in a movie titled Tears in Heaven. Some of the other movies and soaps I have featured in are as follows: Candlelight (series), Extreme Measures (film), My Dream, Prodigal Brother, Doctors’ Quarters (series), Heavy Beauty (film), A Fool’s Tale (film). And yes, I still act.

  1. When and why did you embrace film production?  We know you produced Heavy Beauty, Tunnel, Kpians: Feast of Souls, Oblivious, Sting and The Deadwood.  Which other films have you produced?  Could you tell us in one or two sentences, the stories and genres of each film?

I started producing content for children in 2004 and produced my first feature film in 2012.  I embraced film-making because I felt there was something unique that I could add to the Nigerian film industry.  In addition to the films listed above, I have also produced Kids and Praise 1 and 2, Fruit of the Spirit, My Creek Town Adventure, Sister’s Keeper, A Fool’s Tale, The Maid, Demystifying Autism, Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson and Funsie.

Kids and Praise 1 and 2: Kids’ content sing along; Fruit of the Spirit: Kids’ content sing along and drama; Heavy Beauty: An urban adventure of an eighteen year-old pregnant girl who is stuck between having her baby and chasing her dreams; Tunnel: A Pastor lost in a tunnel of his woes; Kpians – Feast of Souls: A horror flick based on the lives of supposed friends; Oblivious: A husband’s infidelity makes him oblivious of his wife’s medical plight; Sting: A rape story spun out of a physiologically deranged boy’s hunger for virgins; The Deadwood: A documentary based on the plight of pensioners; My Creek Town Adventure: A love story, played out on the tourist sites of Cross River state; Sister’s Keeper: A tale of two sisters intertwined in love and hate; The Maid: An autism awareness infomercial/short film; Demystifying Autism: An animated autism awareness documentary; A Fool’s Tale: A dreamer girl’s love folly; Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson: an urban drama with slight comic hues, which journeys through the rude awakening that shakes the world of two women both named Mrs. Johnson, under a very unusual circumstance and Funsie: A 3D animated children’s series.

  1. Are you the Executive Producer of any of the films?  If yes, how did you raise money for the film(s)?

Yes, I am the Executive Producer of many of the films; I raise money mostly through private investors.

  1. What challenges do you face as a producer and which of the films was the most challenging to make?

Two major challenges – first is finance, sometimes it’s difficult to raise enough money to shoot big budget films; second, location – it can be difficult to shoot in certain places, especially the outdoor location. The most challenging so far is Heavy Beauty.

  1. Apart from The Deadwood and Oblivious, which other films of yours have won awards?

Kpians: Feast of Souls

  1. Which of your films have been distributed and can you disclose the means of distribution: online, cinema, DVD, etc.?

The Deadwood, Sister’s Keeper and Oblivious – Online; Tunnel – DVD/Satellite Television.

  1. What are the high points of your career and what are the low points (if any)?

I’ve had many high points in my career, but let me share two that are special. A short film version of Heavy Beauty was shown to about a thousand teenage girls at a “Hands up for Her” event at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and after watching the film, the girls gave it a standing ovation. It brought tears of joy to my eyes to know that they really liked it. Second was The Deadwood winning the Best Documentary Award at the AMVCA. A low point so far will be discovering that a particular location sound man did a very bad job on one of my movie sets and it almost ruined my production.

  1. What new project/projects are you working on and what should the audience expect?

I am presently working on a film project called The Derwin First Shot Initiative (DFSI). Derwin First Shot Initiative is an organization set up to give young men and women their first shot at shooting their first feature films by providing the much needed funding, professional guidance and support required to shoot the films. DFSI has produced its first feature film, titled Mrs. & Mrs. Johnson; it’s a film that audiences should look out for.

  1. What are your thoughts on Nollywood; in terms of the industry’s achievements and the challenges it faces?

Nollywood has done very well for itself; it has grown into a globally recognized industry without any external help, which is an amazing achievement. Our major challenges presently are funding, distribution and piracy. I pray that soon, all three challenges will be overcome.

  1. Which older film-makers (local and foreign) do you admire and why?

Tyler Perry, The late Amaka Igwe.

  1. What do you hope to achieve in the near and distant future?

International co-productions and global awards.

  1. What do you have to say to struggling film-makers out there, especially the young ones, who are trying to break into Nollywood?

Never give up on your dreams.

  1. Are there any other experiences or insights you will like to share with us?

I am also a scriptwriter and have the following to my credit: Heavy Beauty, Chiga Chiga, The Deadwood, A Fool’s Tale, My Creek Town Adventure, The Maid and Funsie. In addition to film-making, I have also become an author; I have published Heavy Beauty as a book.

 

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Looks We Love – Toyosi Phillips in A Skater Dress

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Media  Personality Toyosi Phillips looks undoubtedly the picture of chic perfection in this white skater dress. Beautifully accessorised with a tribal inspired bold necklace, she’s a picture of sheer perfection in her recent photoshot to celebrate her birthday.

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Steal her style in our Fever London skater dress, pair with a statement necklace to glam it up for semi formal occasions, and for Formal gatherings throw on a blazer or pair with a blouse underneath for that trendy pinafore look.

 

 

Photo Credit

Shot by Tobbie of TCD Photography

source – www.bellanaija.com

 

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