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7 Common Misconceptions Movies Taught Us About Love

Love doesn't happen at once

Love at first sight? it doesn't happen all at once, it takes more than one shoot. Sometimes you don't even know when it’s happening. They could be your best friend and one day just a little wink of theirs would change it for you and you start seeing them differently. True love builds, as you learn and lose and you learn again. Most times, true love is a crescendo, always rising but never ending and no definite beginning.  

 

Love is not always deserving

Good people don't always love good people and the same goes for bad people too. You can't help who loves you and whom you love. You might fall in love with someone one who doesn't treat you right; you might fall in love with a person who is way out of your league. Love doesn't respect lanes or comfort zones. Princesses don't always end up with a prince, sometimes the prince ends up with the witch and sometimes the frog that’s been kissed still stays a frog and you still love it either way. Angels fall in love with monsters everyday and fight for each other and with each other. We accept the love we think we deserve. 

 

Love is not enough

Love is the beginning and the end but sadly not the entire story. Honesty, communication, endless forgiveness and sacrifices are the other paragraphs in a love story with a happy Ending. To want to be with someone takes more than love because on the days you can't love them what else can you give offer them? Trust me, those days always come. You have to be able to give someone more than love. Love is beautiful but not enough to survive on.

 

Love has an organic span

Allow people to come into your life and change it; allow them leave when it is time. Everything has an organic span, fight for things but don’t force them. Someone might appear into your life for 5 minutes, 5 days, 6 hours, 6 weeks, 7 years or a lifetime, let it bloom. Love is a flower with a cycle, we are the petals and some of us fall off while some of us stay together until the end of that season. And no matter how they leave you grudgingly or with abandon absorb it and let it change and prepare you for the next season.

 

Love hurts but always it can heal

Love will either break you or make you whole, either way it will always build you. 9 out of 10 times love hurts you but 10 out of 10 times it can teach you if you let it. In the movies if you lose it all, someone usually has to come heal you but that’s not true. You learn to love yourself better after every romantic experience and with that evolved love you learn to love people better. Like you trust that your skin will heal after a wound trust that your heart will too.

 

Love is a sacrifice but not the ultimate sacrifice

Yes, to a large extent love is a continuous sacrifice but unlike the movies you shouldn’t give up everything in the name of love. Love would never push you to the extent of losing your identity and individuality. When you can compromise – do, but when you can’t – don’t. You do not always have to compromise for someone who comes into your life. Love must be earned not sacrificed for.  Because when you are in love nothing feels like a sacrifice.  There are 7 billion people on earth go find your soul mate don’t compromise for one.

 

Real love can never be threatened

Sometimes it gets hard you know? Movies either depict love as a breeze of success or as a storm of destruction. Love is real and it is difficult to preserve but it is real. Every diamond has imperfections and so will the best relationships and marriages. There will be tears, torture and turbulence but it will always come with redemption, remedy and resurrection.

 

Submitted by Douye Fumudoh

 

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Rebecca: A Two Man Love Tale That Just Manages To Captivate

Now Award seasons are over in Nigeria and Ghana, it was worth the wait to see how some highly anticipated movies faired in the awards before actually seeing them and Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s REBECCA is one of the few.


REBECCA tells the story of a egotistic city man Clifford (Joseph Benjamin) who keeps to this mother’s death wishes and travels home to marry a timid looking village girl Rebecca (Yvonne Okoro) to whom he is betrothed, on their way home they get lost in the middle of nowhere and he gets to realise that this girl he has married just a few hours earlier is anything but ordinary. The synopsis could be deceiving and make you believe this one is a usual cliché but the well put together trailer will pique your interest and make you want to see it.

Shirley Frimpong who co-produced and Directed this movie with Ken Attoh and also wrote the screenplay can only be described as an unconventional risk taker, who just hears voices in her head and begins to pen over a hundred pages of screenplay based on fresh dialogue between two casts and one scene with different cuts, for a film market like ours in this part of the world it is a heavy risk that only she and maybe Leila Djansi can pull.

Seeing the trailer of this movie, you could be drawn to believe that the screenplay and the performances of both casts should be award winning but when you see this picture you will get to understand why not. The dialogue was fresh and worth listening to from Clifford’s perspective but for a supposed village girl who we get to learn was trained to read and write by a ‘village teacher’ her use of words were rather too heavy and probably will give Joke Sylvia’s choice of words a run for its money, how about use simpler terms like ‘happy’ in lieu of ‘excited’ and ‘tall grasses’ instead of ‘shrubs’, this would have brought a proper imbalance in the dialogue of the cast which was what was expected but this was not offered even in the scene where Clifford asks ‘ how did you learn to speak so well?’ this simply did not cover up for this major shortcoming, reason why the script which had great potential did not get any nods at the major awards this year.

For the performances, at some point you can notice that the Director was trying ceaselessly to extract the characters from the cast rather than the cast doing it for themselves, you could feel Rebecca look sometimes as though her attention was divided, it felt like she did not do  a proper research on the character in order not to simply explore Rebecca’s complexities but to also show that proper ‘village side’ that would have given her an easy award nod, Yvonne Okoro probably felt she could do it and just went ahead being that the character seemed easy to interpret. Joseph Benjamin did impress at some points but overall it was the usual Benjamin Joseph the one we have seen over and again.

As stated earlier, the efforts of the Director were visible in this picture, no wonder the AMVCA nomination, the sound and video editing was very properly done and would have been a tough one been that this was a one long scene movie that has great potential to be tedious but it managed not to be so much of a bore with the dialogue. The choice of music scores was also very brilliant and added taste to every scene a score was required. However, the scene where a supposed wild animal was chasing them was in all candour a joke, an unapologetic joke that could have been better thought out and executed. Highlights were the ‘sex in the rain scene’ and the scene where we could hear Shirley through Rebecca when Clifford asks ‘ are you a virgin?’ and she retorts ‘are you?’ It felt painstaking to watch before  the climax but the end, the very end of this movie saved the day, the happenings and the very last dialogue between Rebecca and Clifford was enough to pardon any of the flaws one could have put together viewing this the movie.

 

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Kunle Afolayan’s ‘The CEO’ Promises A Lot But Turns Out A Letdown

Over the past years Mr Afolayan has proven himself to be one of the most renowned filmmakers from Nigeria and Africa as a whole, churning out unforgettable master-class movies like Irapada, Phone Swap, October1 and most recently The CEO.


The CEO is mostly shot in a resort in Lagos, Nigeria and showcases the series of events that ensue when a multinational company (Transwire Limited) decide to pick a new CEO to run the firm by hosting top executives for the position at a beach resort in order to pick the next boss, what starts out as cordial leads to the top executives trying to outdo themselves to be named The CEO. 

The movie opens with a scene where Kola (Wale Ojo) is running for dear life and is apprehended by the Police, that scene was supposed to welcome us into this promising journey but then weak direction is offered, when the Production Designer (Pat Nebo) who is not an actor grips Kola and the other officers stand by, a little scuffle is expected, a little more than what Afolayan offered, more direction and takes were required to give the audience the desired effect of believability. The movie boasts of a very rich Pan-African cast which was the desired effect as an African cinema harmonising movie aside the cast, the movie had varied shots from Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast, France and the overall production was done in Nigeria.

The CEO had great performances, each country not only representing their countries as characters to become THE CEO but providing heavy weight acting representing their countries in the real as well. Angelique Kidjo proved that her prowess exceeds music as the austere consultant, Dr. Zimmerman, Wale Ojo and the Ivorian actress Eloise (Aurelia Eliam) triumphed in this production but overall the casting choices by Kunle Afolayan was hundred percent apt, aside for the Superintendent (Hilda Dokubo) who seemed  a little bit heavy on the eye with over-acting.  Riikard (Nico Panagio) the South African executive is an honourable mention and of course Lisa (Kemi  Lala Akindoju) who should not have been casted for the role because of the nature but managed to pull through.

The screenplay was written by Nigeria’s finest and supposedly highest paid screenwriter Tunde Babalola, the lines in the dialogue were crisp and rich and without seeing his name attached  to this production, it is well easy to tell that the script was penned by a professional in the field but the story in itself was faulty with the whodunit style we have seen in his previous work (October 1) with Mr Afolayan which felt more believable with the pieces in place but past the climax when the executives begin to die and a clearer picture is set, a lot of questions are raised like how did the Kenyan executive Jomo (Peter King)  die? What happened is clear cut but the end does not seem to add up to what we are supposed to believe and why the killer was eliminating the executives also left a loose end even with all the scenes at the end trying to offer answers but still the question did not feel answered, this did not create an ‘inception like ambiguity’ which was supposed to be the effect but it arose corniness, trying to make the audience sell their belief as though it was a comedy, this did not arise the ‘I need to see this movie a second time to grasp the picture’ it felt more like a letdown. Then the aspect of predictability to Kunle’s Whodunit style, when the silhouette of the killer was revealed, it was not difficult to guess ‘who’ like we saw also in October 1.

The scores for this picture was done by a Hungarian orchestra, so only a Hollywood standard was expected and delivered, although the score that ended this movie again was a letdown, this is supposed to be a world class African cinema uniting production not an Asaba flick, and that closing scene deserved a better score of class standard but was offered a Frank Edwards kind of track, not all music is fit for scoring movies, the director should know better. The stunt direction was a major woe in this production, the scene where the culprit scuffles with Kola was to be very honest, poor.

The sermon the killer attempted to preach about the Nigerian market in such heated up scene did not add taste whatsoever, however the beach scuffle appeared better executed but the cringe-worthiness of the first scuffle overrode it. The CEO has a big budget and had great potential but lost a bit as a result of Mr. Kunle following the script subjectively hook, line and sinker.

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The Best Of The Worst Videos From Project Fame 9

It’s our favourite time of the year, Project Fame is back for the ninth year but the fun and thrill the past auditions brought us stay the same. Some came to sing, some came to rap and others, well..... others just came. We searched all over the internet to bring to you some of the best of the worst video clips from the ongoing auditions.

 

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Jet Fuel Scarcity: A Tale Of Missed Flights

In recent times due to the recent drop in the price of crude oil there has been some sort of a ripple effect where there is either a spike in price of its constituents (e.g. Kerosene, PMS, AGO) or an outright scarcity. For the case of Aviation fuel it’s the latter, this past weekend a lot of Nigerian Domestic flights had to either reschedule or even cancel their flights as a result of the scarcity.

The scarcity of aviation fuel, popularly called Jet-A1, did not only disrupt flight activities at airports across the country, but also affected private and government programmes in the Federal Capital Territory. It was learnt that several programmes in Abuja were either postponed or delayed as key personnel who were to anchor strategic meetings could not arrive on schedule or did not arrive at all.

A large amount of travellers were left stranded at the domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, some stranded passengers leaving Lagos had to wait till as late as 10pm before they could actually travel, airlines siting the scarcity as the key factor contributing to the delays.

At the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja, a programme that was meant to hold around noon did not commence until around 2.30pm despite the fact that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was seated for hours waiting for committee members who were supposed to make presentations at the event.

It was later gathered that the committee members could not make it to Abuja as a result of the problems caused by the non-availability of aviation fuel, which affected their flights.

Arik Air announced that it was grappling with flight schedule disruptions due to the severity of the situation across the country.

It stated that since the beginning of the year, the country had been grappling with inadequate supply of aviation fuel leading in most cases to severe shortage of the product and consequently the disruption of flight operations.

According to Arik Air, for the past week, it has had to face another round of aviation fuel scarcity, which got worse over the weekend, leading to many flight delays and cancellations. The airline operates an average of 120 daily flights requiring about 500,000 litres of fuel each day.

Arik Air stated, “Due to the large number of domestic and international flights, it is the most impacted by the inability of oil marketers to meet its daily fuel requirements on a timely and consistent basis. This has forced the airline to postpone flights, while waiting for the fuel marketers to source and deliver the product. “On many occasions, despite all efforts in engaging the marketers if fuel cannot be sourced, the flights may eventually be cancelled, causing not only revenue loss for the airline, but also inconveniencing or stranding the passengers.”

According to the carrier, at the root of the fuel supply crisis is low stock due to the inability of marketers to source for the foreign exchange to import more Jet-A1 fuel into the country.

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Taylor Swift’s Weak Attempt At Condemning Kim’s Snapchat Videos

Arguably the biggest event in Taylor Swift’s career since the other biggest event which unfortunately involved a “West” making a mockery of her but this time rightfully so.

Kim Kardashian West took 5 months planning or rather deciding whether or not to end the career her husband gave a huge lift. Famous one of the tracks on Kanye West’s latest project had a few controversies surrounding it, one was the concept behind the video and earlier, we had a few concerns about the lyrics.

“For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”

Kanye west took to Twitter on February and said he went ahead to ask for Taylor’s permission before releasing the song. Even though his wife Kim earlier said the phone call was recorded, Taylor’s representative on February 12 said this:

Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single Famous on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous’.

Three days later Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the Grammys went thus: “I want to say to the young woman out there, there are going to be people along the way who try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.” – A direct statement hitting at Kanye for his “I made that bitch famous” line.

Fed up of all that nonsense, Kim posted a full video of the telephone conversation on her Snapchat almost as if she telegraphed the entire dispute from start.

 

 

 

Here’s a full transcript of the telephone conversation.

Kanye West on the phone with Taylor Swift: "You still got the Nashville number?"

Taylor Swift: "I still have the Nashville umm area code, but I had to change it."

Kanye West reads the "Famous" lyric: "To all my southside n----s that know me best, I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex."

Taylor Swift: "I'm like this close to overexposure."

Kanye West: "Oh, well this I think this a really cool thing to have."

Taylor Swift: "I know, I mean it's like a compliment, kind of."

Kanye West: "All I give a f--k about is you as a person and as a friend, I want things that make you feel good. "

Taylor Swift: "That's sweet."

Kanye West: "I don't want to do rap that makes people feel bad."

Taylor Swift: "Umm, yeah I mean go with whatever line you think is better. It's obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice."

Kanye West: "Oh yeah, I just had a responsibility to you as a friend you know, and I mean thanks for being so cool about it."

Taylor Swift: "Aw thanks. Um yeah I really appreciate it, like the heads up is so nice. [inaudible] Even asking or seeing if I would be okay with it and I just really appreciate it. Like I would never expect you to like tell me about a line in one of your songs."

Kanye West: "It's pretty crazy."

Taylor Swift: "And then the flowers that you sent me, I like Instagrammed a picture of them and it's like the most Instagram likes I've ever gotten. It was like 2.7" [video cuts off]

Kanye West: "Relationships are more important than punch lines, ya know?"

Taylor Swift: "I don't think anyone would listen to that and be like that's a real diss she must be crying. You've gotta tell the story the way that it happened to you and the way that you experienced it. You honestly didn't know who I was before that. It doesn't matter that I sold 7 million of that album before you did that which is what happened, you didn't know who I was before that. It's fine."

Taylor Swift: "I might be in debt, but I can make these things happen. I have the ideas to do it and I create these things and concepts. I'm always going to respect you. I'm really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song. It's a really cool thing to do and a really good show of friendship so thank you."

Kanye West: "Thank you, too."

Taylor Swift: "And you know, if people ask me about it I think it would be great for me to be like, ‘Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Jokes on you guys, We're fine.'
You guys want to call this a feud; you want to call this throwing shade but right after the song comes out I'm going to be on a Grammys red carpet and they're going to ask me about it and I'll be like, ‘He called me.' It's awesome that you're so outspoken about this and be like, ‘Yeah, she does. It made her famous.' Its more provocative to say ‘might still have sex…' It's doesn't matter to me. There's not like one [line] that hurts my feelings and one that doesn't."

 

 

That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Taylor swift then took to Instagram and posted a photo saying "Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that b****' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that b****' in front of the entire world."

She captioned the photo: “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.” but that's too late, the internet's mind is made up.


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Do All Lives Really Matter?

 Photo: Odyssey


 

It is not a funny matter to have grown up in a society where I was taught that everybody’s life is precious, and now I live in a society that shows no regard for human life but reveres animal lives. It may seem funny how people can fight for animals than for the lives of people. This injustice began with the belief that black people are inferior. I am still unsure of where such belief system originated from, and I look forward to finding out. Black people have tried to show the American community that they are not inferior and even though certain people are still determined to believe such lie, Black people at least try to make them understand that #blacklivesmatter. The black lives matter movement has constantly put people on the defense: Not only Black lives, All lives Matter, they say. I have one question regarding this argument: Do all lives really matter or are you referring to your lives alone??

The truth is that I do not think that any life matters now in the United States. Hate-murder and police brutality is rampant, and this shows disregard for lives of all races. When the black race is seen as a threat because of their call against the injustice committed on their race and they are killed for no just reason, it reflects that black lives do not matter. When people support a gruesome attack in a gay club because “gay is a sin,” it shows that gay lives don't matter. When a white policeman is killed as revenge, one can conclude that police lives don't matter.

My two cents is that we all have to internalize that we need each other and realize that whoever lied to us about race superiority was truly insane. Nobody is higher than another. We are all from the same creator, and we were made different to beautify the earth and not to destroy the earth with the bloods of those we feel are inferior.

If we truly believe that all lives matter, we will understand each race’s struggle, and work hand in hand to eliminate inequality. Without black people, America will not be standing today and without Caucasians, America will not exist as well.  Racial superiority is a myth. To digress, how much bull can one internalize to become so scared of a dark skin to the extent that the sight of Black person causes one to pull a trigger?—to end a life.

 In all, we should look into each other’s eyes and see that what we can never and should never be judged by the color of our skin. We need love, peace, and healing on the land of America and not war or unjust killing.

As we all mourn those souls who have been lost in the past few days, let us all; Blacks, Caucasians, Latinos, and all other races realize that killing and brutality will only lead to the destruction of the hard work our forefathers fought for many years ago. There will be no benefit, rather we all will find ourselves at the bottom together which will only show us that we are equal. We do not need to emphasize that certain lives matter before everyone actually realizes it. There is no reason to be treated differently because of a supposed white privilege or a dark skin. We need to look another with the face of Jesus, the face of love and listen to one another in order to make progress.

P.S: To all those who believe that killing and war is the solution, you all will soon realize after attacking the race you feel is your enemy, the war will be between your own race and this will eventually destroy you and all that you thought was important. So please let us hold one another and overcome this racial challenge.

To all those who understand that there is no such thing as superiority, I thank you and I ask that you work hard to make those around you understand the same concept. The earlier we all grasp this idea, the better for the American society and all races.

May the souls of all the faithful departed this past week rest in perfect peace. Amen!

 

With love,

The King’s daughter

Derby Chukwudi

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LSMK’s LUSH Is Everything Nigerian Alternative Should Sound Like

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Plato

Can alternative music work in Nigeria? Over the years, we’ve had several answers to this question. Blackmagic made a statement, Asa certainly did and so did Bez, Johnny Drille, BrymO and a host of other artistes but I’m not here to talk about them. I’m here to talk about someone you probably do not know; LSMK.

“LSMK has that, an idea for saccharine experimental music with sounds invoking psychedelia, and drug-like happiness.” Pulse

LSMK’s EP LUSH is a vivid representation of a wild dreamer. Listening to the 12 track contemporary work, I almost felt I was listening to a blend of Frank Ocean and Jon Bellion. I wouldn’t get ahead of myself yet but I believe this young man has places to go.

Whatever Olisa Odogbolu had in mind when he set out on this project might have not been fully accomplished but the EP was littered with pieces of genius here and there as it kept genre morphing in such a beautiful way.

Listen to the full album.

 

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